Exclusive: Rick Springfield joins 'Californication'

Man, the Coreys are going to be pissed they didn’t get this.

Actor-slash-“Jessie’s Girl” crooner Rick Springfield has signed on to play himself in four episodes of Californication, sources confirm to me exclusively.

As I tweeted earlier this month, producers of the Showtime dramedy put out a casting call looking for “an actor who experienced huge fame in the 80’s to play themselves as a now down-on his-luck-ex-celebrity waiting tables to get by.”

Props to Springfield for having the guts to poke a little fun at himself. And for being down with the “tasteful nudity” and “simulated sex” that I’m told the role requires. (That noise you hear is millions of middle-aged General Hospital fans squealing, “We’re going to see Dr. Drake’s naughty bits!”)

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  • Dana

    oooh boy, is this great

  • Adam
    • Tina

      you dumb stupid ass!! where are you from and are you bisexual? Obviously not! Rick is as hot if not hotter than ever!! DMF!!!

  • Amy

    I can’t wait to see the next season of Californication, but… that’s Kathleen Turner, Alicia Witt, Peter Gallagher, and now Rick Springfield guest starring in several episodes each. Is David Duchovny gonna be on the show at all? No offense to all this year’s guest stars, but I would trade them all in to have another season with the wonderful Callum Keith Rennie. And how about a guest spot for Gillian Anderson while we’re at it.

  • Jen

    That’s awesome. Rick has always been a good sport about his life and career… just no one knew. But they WILL after this! Can’t wait. Him and Duchovny will have a field day with each other!

  • Shining Time

    Well, I’d be sure to watch if they show him and Duchovny gettin’ it on together!

  • Loislane

    Fantastic news! He’s a great guy with a fabulous sense of humour, decent acting chops and incredibly talented musically. Looking awesome at his age as well. Many new viewers will tune in for this stint. Go Rick!

  • Liz

    That is great news. Sure beats going back to GH these days. What a mess.

  • deksol
  • Kati

    Awesome! I loved him in “High Tide” with Yannick Bisson and in “Human Target” and “Forever Knight”!

  • julie

    He was my first concert EVAH! I was but a wee lass — aged 12 — (squeal!). He still looks fantastic, decades later…wish I looked that good, LOL! Can’t wait for this.

  • BlatantURLPimpingMustDie

    ADAM, I’m sorry, but do you only comment on Mike’s stories in order to pimp your Web site? Because make no mistake, it DEFINITELY comes off that way, and surely the mods will take notice soon.

  • Erin

    Can’t wait! I love this show. I hope this gets him back on the radar for more roles.

  • Cindy E.

    Not all the squealing will come from middle-aged women, Mr. Ausiello! This 36-year-old wants a front row ticket to THIS show!

  • KritterLady

    AWESOME! I love, love, love Rick and am so excited he gets this incredible role and opportunity! He will be great!!!!
    P.S. – I am 38! :)

  • kay

    cindy e – you ARE middle aged

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