The former Playboy cover girl returns to her roots in Wednesday's Donnie Loves Jenny

Updated March 30, 2016 11:30 AM
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Jenny McCarthy had very humble beginnings before she found fame in the pages of Playboy.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Wednesday’s Donnie Loves Jenny, McCarthy revisits the surprising place where she first dreamed of centerfold stardom – the Chicago convenience store where she worked for most of her teens.

“Right here, the cover of Playboy Anna Nicole Smith was on, I remember looking at the magazine and going, ‘I could do this,’ ” says McCarthy as she shows husband Donnie Wahlberg the magazine rack at the store. “The next year I was Playmate of the Year.”

McCarthy, 43, was named Playboy‘s Playmate of the Year in 1994 and credits sitting behind the store’s register and “visualizing” her success. She also recalls doing a Playboy signing at the store after she hit it big.

“People couldn’t even afford to buy the magazine so I was just signing pieces of paper for them,” said McCarthy. “A lot of people used food stamps here.”

Wahlberg, 46, says he and his wife grew up in similarly humble circumstances and with similarly “crazy dreams.”

“At the end of those dreams,” says Wahlberg, “was each other.”

Donnie Loves Jenny, produced by 44 Blue Productions, airs Wednesdays (10 p.m. ET) on A&E.