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Willie Garson’s Dad Gave Him ‘the Sex Talk’ in an Attic

At last night's premiere of Showtime's Masters of Sex, we asked Willie Garson if he remembers getting the sex talk as a kid. "I do," he said. "My father took me to the attic with this horrible book ... with his pants on! He took me to the attic with this horribly stupid, very simplistic book, and a pack of cigarettes. He was so nervous and I sat there and read the book and he sat there chain smoking. He was sweating profusely. And I finished the dumb book, which was literally like the penis and the vagina go together and then the egg and sperm. I was like, Okay that's great, can I go watch TV now?" He also had a sex-ed teacher: "She was the least sexual person," he said. "I think everyone has this story: She was wildly overweight and she had a big mole. But I think that's a good thing that they do it that way, because it teaches kids that everyone is sexual — even that monster!"

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