Watch behind-the-scenes video from MacFarlane's cover photo shoot and read highlights from his PARADE cover story below. Check out the full interview with Seth MacFarlane in this weekend's issue of PARADE.
MacFarlane on bringing his outrageous brand of humor to this year's awards.
"The worst thing to happen at the Oscars would be if nothing happened. You want something unscripted, something to riff on, something kinda out there. [I'm looking to] find a balance somewhere between Billy Crystal and Ricky Gervais."
On being his own worst critic.
“I think at times I read too much of my own press. I wish I was better at taking in how great my life is, but that’s surprisingly elusive. I tend to be very hard on myself and insecure about failing no matter what happens.”
Rules at the MacFarlanes’ home were loose: Cursing was okay. Off-color jokes got no push-back.
“There wasn’t this puritanical fear of certain areas of humor or behavior,” says MacFarlane, who defines himself now as superliberal and religion-averse. The laid-back approach worked for MacFarlane, who says, “I’m one of the few people in Hollywood who actually had a good childhood.”
At this point MacFarlane thinks the end of Family Guy might be near.