Model-turned-actress Jenny McCarthy insists on quizzing potential suitors about whether they like children after recently enduring a nightmare blind date with a man who hated kids.

The former Playboy Playmate, mum to 10-year-old son Evan, agreed to be set up by a pal and even hopped on a plane especially for the date - but she soon regretted not vetting him first.

She tells, "I was set up by a friend. I flew to the city this guy was in. That's how much I believe in love. I checked into a hotel, got ready. I went to the restaurant and sat down. Five minutes - maybe two minutes into the conversion - he talked about how much he despised kids.

"Because of that date I do a criteria check before every date. Number one is, 'Do you like kids?' And number two is, 'Do you have kids?'"

MCCarthy admits she was also stunned to discover that her date was well aware she had a son - and he made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with him.

She recalls, "He wanted to set the tone that he wasn't planning on being a substitute father but he was there for a good time. I didn't even get to the check (bill). I said, 'Excuse me.' I got up and grabbed my purse and walked out the door and flew home."

MCCarthy, who previously dated comedian Jim Carrey, has been single since splitting from sportsman Brian Urlacher last year (12).