LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Former Calif. governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “60 Minutes” interview was not well-received by some Los Angelenos, who think the actor will profit from his tawdry revelations.
In Sunday’s sit down with Lesley Stahl about his memoir, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story,” the actor admitted to multiple affairs on then-wife Maria Shriver, including one with the family’s housekeeper that resulted in a child.
“I think it was the stupidest thing I’ve done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids,” he said.
Resident Beatrice Taylor said she thought less of Schwarzenegger after the comments.
“I appreciated his honesty. He said he acts in a certain way and sometimes the fallout hurts those around him. I’m glad he knows that. But I just don’t understand that kind of personality,” she said.
Janice Jordan said she was upset because the actor never directly apologized for what he did to his family.
“He’s very egocentric and everybody else in his life…even if he cares about them, they’re like props or something like that. When it comes down to it, it’s all about him,” she said.
Allison Levine, a marriage and family therapist, said she got the sense Schwarzenegger was remorseful about his affairs, but only after he got caught.
“I felt he was remorseful in the moment. When there was no way out,” she said.
Aaron McLear, Schwarzenegger’s former press secretary, said the ex-governor was courageous to address the situation in his book and on national television.
“I was proud of him. I was proud that he was able to take the beating he knew he was going to get,” he said.
McLear continued, “It takes a lot for him to go out there and put this in his book… to actually talk about this, to answer those people’s questions. He could easily avoid these questions, take the easy way out like a lot of other politicians have done.”