March 21, 2006 06:00 AM

Jonathan Antin isn’t afraid to show his emotions. On his Bravo reality series Blow Out, the celebrity hairstylist has thrown tantrums and cried on camera. In the third season of the show (which premieres March 21), Antin, 38, keeps the intensity level on full blast as he runs his salons, oversees his Jonathan Product hair-care line and adjusts to fatherhood (he has a 3-month-old son, Asher, with his clothing-store owner fiancée, Sescie). caught up with the mercurial stylist about his “crazy” personality and which former first lady’s look he’d love to revamp.

How has being a dad changed you?
It’s the greatest experience I’ve ever had in my life and every day that goes by I wonder why I waited so long. We can’t wait to have more.

Being on a reality show, so much of your life is exposed. You even allow the cameras in your therapy sessions. Why’d you make that decision?
Only one reason: I wanted the dudes that watch the show to know that therapy is a good thing. A lot of guys are like, “I don’t need therapy.” I do see a shrink and I don’t have a problem with it. The whole world should be in therapy and whoever isn’t should definitely investigate it because they’re missing out on life.

Blow Out definitely isn’t short on drama. What can we expect from the new season?
I look at Blow Out kind of like Rocky. I think it’s like the American dream – I’m a little bit crazy and I don’t let anything get in my way. I don’t mind if they show me yelling and screaming and kicking, because that’s what it takes to make it happen. That’s what the third season is about – living out your fantasy.

You’ve described yourself as a high-school dropout who grew up on the streets. How did that shape you?
Unfortunately, I thought being a rebellious teenager – cutting classes, hanging out and going to the beach – was the easy way. I learned later in life that it’s not. I’m such an overachiever now to catch up. Today, I know better. I’m a fighter – I don’t quit, ever.

Would you say you’re a perfectionist?
I don’t believe in half-ass anything – there’s no point. I’m definitely a little off the Richter scale in that respect. I never want to lose that passion and need for perfection.

What do you do to relax?
Golf is definitely a safe haven for me – it’s my form of spirituality. Life for me is about my family, hair and golf. Other than that, everything else is along for the ride.

You’ve worked with a lot of celebrities – Madonna, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt. Whose hair would you love to get your hands on?
Hillary Clinton. I’ve always wanted to rock her out a little bit, only because she can handle it. I wouldn’t mind mixing it up with Donald Trump either. I think after an hour with me he would be a different human being.

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