MadTV star Michael McDonald talked about Gwen in an interview with the Orange County Register, where he will be performing soon. I already knew that they worked together in Anaheim when Gwen was in school at a pool, but he gives some really cute details on Gwen. I always thought it was funny too when No Doubt performed on MadTV back in 2000 that he introduced them.
His next job, however, would link him to another soon-to-be O.C. superstar: McDonald taught swim lessons at Loara High School for Anaheim Parks and Recreation with a local girl named Gwen Stefani.
“I was like the assistant manager and Gwen was a few years younger than me, and she’d come in and we’d always give her the little kids because she was so sweet and they’d just cling to her and cry. We’d try to all hang out and the rest of us would be like, ‘Hey, we’re gonna go do this thing,’ and she’d be like, ‘Oh, I’m gonna go sing in the garage with my brother and his band.’
“And we’d be like, ‘Wow, we hope that works out for you.’ I think it did? I’m not sure.”
The two were reunited years later when No Doubt was the musical guest on “MADtv” and McDonald introduced the band. “We got a chance to reconnect a little bit and had a few laughs. Who would have thought that we’d both end up there?”