Who came to NYC to support Ashley Biden at the launch of her new Gilt collaboration last night? Fran Drescher, beloved star of ’90s series “The Nanny” and the founder of Cancer Schmancer. We caught up with the actress on what she’s up to while in NYC this week.
Fran, what are your plans while in New York City?
I’m about to shoot Broad City for Comedy Central. I’m really excited about that because so many of my friends are completely hooked on that show, and I really like my character. I’m here to keep advancing and meeting people to help Cancer Schmancer. Plus, I’m here for Fashion Week!
What shows are you going to?
I’m definitely going to see Chiara Boni, but I really can’t exhaust myself. I have to be mindful of what I do. Last night was the first night I went out for dinner, and I got here on Friday! I went to Morrell—I love that place. Tonight I’m going to go to Raos’. [Restaurateur] Frankie Pellegrino died last week, so I want to raise a glass to him. The Pellegrino family has always made me feel like a part of their family.
You’re here supporting Ashley Biden tonight!
I wanted to support Ashley because I love the idea of combining commerce and being a do-gooder. I think that the 21st century has to be about taking care of each other and not making money—that’s the bottom line because it’s no longer serving anyone well. When something like this crosses my path, I want to let my celebrity support it, number one. Number two, I’m constantly asked if I have had a meeting yet with Joe Biden regarding Cancer Moonshot, because I’m so involved in the cancer space, not only as a survivor but my organization enters through a whole different portal. I want to talk to him about that because I think there’s a partnership. I appreciate where he’s coming from and I respect what he’s started out of turning pain into purpose, which is what I did too, being a survivor.
Valentine’s Day is coming up. What’s the secret to a successful relationship?
Don’t ask me! [Laughs]. I think it’s entering a relationship where you’re already fulfilled with yourself and not expecting that other person to fulfill you, which is always a problem and something that I’ve learned. Now, I feel filled, so I feel ready for the next dude.