Tracey Gold is remembered best from her days as Carol Seaver on the '80s hit "Growing Pains." But Tracey, with her long career in acting, is much more than just a teenage superstar. Mother of three (with one on the way in 3 1/2 weeks), Tracey is also the author of the memoir Room to Grow: an Appetite for Life.
Tracey just started a new chapter of her career as host of TLC's new show, The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom. (The show airs Mondays at 10/9Central on TLC.) Our Around the Watercooler contributor, Sara Fisher, got the opportunity to talk one on one to Tracey Gold about the new show.
Mommy Tracked: How did you get involved in The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom?
Tracey Gold: I met the head executive of TLC back in June on another project and when he took over TLC he brought me in for this show, and pitched it. He didn't know I was pregnant, though, so it threw him for a curveball, but I assured him that I could do it being pregnant and that I really relate to all the conflict and guilt of working moms. Even though it's a hosting job, I'm a woman and a mom too and I can share in these experiences. I really thought the show was a great idea, and I couldn't believe it hadn't been done before.
Have you always been a working mom? Or did you take time off yourself?
I have always worked. My job is such that I can work some and then take time to be a stay at home mom. I absolutely love to work and for me it's a good balance. I've never felt like it's been too much. The good thing about my job is that it's conducive to being a mom. I know how lucky I am.
How was it starting a new job while pregnant?
I was okay with it. If it was my first I would have thought differently, I think. But it's my fourth child and I have had great pregnancies. At the end of the day, people were generally really accepting of it and I think in my industry it's more acceptable to be pregnant. It's become the hot new thing! We finished eight episodes, now I'm working to promote it and hopefully it will get picked up.
Was it hard to find the stay-at-home mom jobs? Were the jobs typically in the same field from ones they had left?