Meg Ryan reveals her kids’ hilarious reaction to her iconic orgasm scene

Meg Ryan’s kids are clearly disinterested in what she eats.

Ryan’s iconic orgasm in Harry and Sally (1989), which she faked over pastrami at Katz’s Deli in New York City, has been a Hollywood moment cherished for generations. However, her children Jack Quaid, 31, and Daisy True Ryan, 19, are incredibly humbled.

“It’s funny, my son just called me this morning and he’s staying in New York at a hotel across the street from Katz’s Deli.” The 61-year-old actor told legendary comedian Carol Burnett, 90, in a conversation with Interview magazine published on Thursday..

“My daughter was here and everyone was on the speakerphone and they were like, ‘Mom, this is a very special embarrassment,'” Ryan continued. “He said, ‘You know you can go to this deli and there’s an arrow pointing to the table where you shot that scene.'”

Katz’s actually marked the table in honor of Rob Reiner’s classic, which explored the various barriers in relationships between men and women. In the scene in question, Ryan’s titular Sally showed Billy Crystal’s Harry how easily women can fake an orgasm.

Katz’s has been a New York institution for over 130 years allegedly opened in 1888. The most coveted table is allegedly marked for eager tourists with a sign hanging from the ceiling: “Where Harry met Sally…I hope you have what she had!” Enjoy!”

Ryan has an adult son with ex-husband Dennis Quaid and adopted a daughter in 2006.
Ryan has an adult son with ex-husband Dennis Quaid and adopted a daughter in 2006.

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“I’m wondering if it’s the right thing,” Ryan told Burnett of the table.

While Jack is an actor himself these days, he told InStyle in 2019 that he actively ignored the film for years: “It’s one of those things where, if you really think about it, as a kid you wouldn’t want to see your mom have a fake orgasm in a deli.”

He ultimately watched the film after being cast in his own romantic comedy, Hulu’s Plus One, and told In Style he was “incredibly proud” of his mother and called her “sobbing” — saying: “The movie is so great. More than that scene.”

While their children have since witnessed it themselves, it’s unclear what Ryan’s ex-husband thinks of the scene. She married fellow actor Dennis Quaid on Valentine’s Day in 1991 and welcomed Jack the following year. They divorced in 2001.

Ryan, who later expanded her family as a single mother allegedly After adopting Daisy True in 2006, she has since made a highly anticipated comeback, returning to her romantic comedy roots in the upcoming film What Happens Later alongside her lovers David Duchovny.

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