He's made untold millions laugh. He's a celebrity worth many millions of dollars. Yet Larry David says he couldn't walk up to a woman in a bar and say hello. That's what the famous comedy and television star tells Charlie Rose in a dynamic and humorous interview to be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday March 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Asked by Rose whether his success as the co-creator of "Seinfeld" and the star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" changed him, perhaps has given him confidence, he says, "It gave me something that I didn't have, but not in the way that people think...like a total transformation.
"It wasn't that at all," he tells Rose, saying he is still the guy in certain ways that he always was. "I still...to this day, I still couldn't walk up to a woman at a bar and say hello...I don't have that."
David shows plenty of confidence acting each night in previews of his own hit comedy play, "Fish in the Dark," which opens on Broadway next week. But he tells Rose of his childhood, where he says he never joined anything and his mother showed little faith in him.
"In junior high school and high school I did not participate in anything," says David. "I didn't even know, I swear to you, I didn't even know there was a prom."
This lack of confidence was compounded by the fact his mother didn't have high ambitions for her son. "A mailman...she wanted me to work in the post office...that was her dream," he tells Rose. "It said a lot to me. It wasn't only that she said that. That's how I felt about it.
"Zero, zero belief in myself. And it's changed somewhat, but there's still a lot of that in me," says David.
Rose's profile includes footage from the new play and clips from David's television program. 60 Minutes also takes David back to his old apartment and his junior high school in Brooklyn.