Jimmy Fallon Proves There's No Place Like Home

WHO|June 8, 2020

Jimmy Fallon Proves There's No Place Like Home
The ‘tonight show’ host brings the world some much-needed laughs – and savours family time – while Social Distancing
Charlotte Triggs

Like many parents who are working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, Jimmy Fallon lives surrounded by chaos. “My whole office is a total mess,” says the Tonight Show host, 45, via Zoom, showing off piles of camera equipment, paper, and phone chargers scattered around a desk in his Suffolk County, NY, home. As he opens the door to a family room and kitchen area nearby, his wife, Nancy Juvonen, 53, and daughters Winnie, 6, and Franny, 5, are wrapping up a morning of virtual learning. “Here’s our homeschool area. Winnie, what did you learn today? I heard you reading,” he says. Adds Juvonen: “We just crushed it so hard, so now we’re making some crafts to twirl and swirl.” Panning around the room to a play area, Fallon shows off some of his own homemade crafts. “Here’s my painting of Demi Lovato. I didn’t put eyes or a nose in, because I figured I would mess up the face. And here’s the tent that no-one has used ever, which took me at least two and a half hours to build,” he says. “I’m going to start having dinners in the tent.”

Juvonen, who co-owns production company Flower Films with Drew Barrymore, continues by pointing out a space strewn with buttons, ribbons, school supplies, and artwork. “This is really almost how we live anyway. We’re like happy, weird people,” she says. Adds Fallon: “It’s just us. It’s really kind of Little House on the Prairie. Yes, it’s challenging. But if I can be Pa Ingalls, I’ll take it.”

Fallon’s ability to adapt to any challenge – without losing his reassuringly cheerful sense of humour – has been vital during the pandemic, as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon ceased production at NBC’s NYC studios after filming one episode without an audience on March 13. “It was such an odd day,” Fallon recalls. “People in the office were freaked out, and we said, ‘Look, if anyone is scared, go home. Be with your family.’ And we left right after that.” As he joined Juvonen and the girls at home to wait for official word that the show’s production was cancelled, “I realised I had to do something.”

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June 8, 2020