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Tori Spelling

For actress Tori Spelling, there’s no such thing as slowing down. Between taping scenes for her upcoming debut on the new 90210, premiering April 14th, filming a new season of Oxygen’s Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, launching a children’s clothing line, and spending time with her darling husband Dean and their two children, Liam and Stella, Tori is the ultimate multi-tasking modern mom. Her candid and all-too relatable fears during her pregnancy charmed audiences and made viewers feel less crazy. In an exclusive interview, Tori Spelling opened up to our new contributor, Jenny Herschko [1], about poop (hers, not the kids), the ridiculous things people say to us when we’re pregnant, and of course about the world of MOMMYWOOD [2] . . .




MOMMY TRACKED: What projects you’re working on right now…Is there a premiere date set for Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood? [3] What can audiences look forward to?


Tori Spelling: As far as work... My book MOMMYWOOD [4] is being released April 14th and my premiere episode as Donna Martin back on the new 90210 is also on April 14th. We are currently filming the new season of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood [5] right now. Lots of excitement as we try to juggle 2 babies and careers in Hollywood. But my most important role still remains... Mommy!


Tell me how life has changed with two babies under the age of 2. Has Patsy moved in full time? How has it changed things for you and Dean?


Having 2 babies so young... Liam just turned 2 and Stella is 9 months is a lot of work. It's a lot of POOP! But it's so rewarding to see them begin to interact and start to play together. I'm lucky that I have such a hands on husband. Dean is amazing! Patsy our baby nurse is still with us and will be with us till June. It's a lot more gear with 2 and we eat a lot more meals in but we love every moment of it.


My son is about 6 months younger than Liam and it’s sometimes hard for me to imagine sharing that attention. I’m wondering, how did you know you were ready for baby #2?


I didn't know I was ready for #2. Stella was a very pleasant surprise. We always knew we wanted more children so we just figured the time was right cause fate stepped in and brought us Stella.


I loved watching Tori & Dean: Inn Love because I feel like I had some of the exact same “shpilkes” as you while I was pregnant. Did you have any of those same concerns while pregnant with Stella? Or were there new, different ones?


I am bundle of nerves riddled with irrational fears. With my 2nd pregnancy I had most of the same fears with a slew of fun new ones added to the mix. Thank goodness I'm friends with my OB/GYN Dr. Jason Rothbart cause he kept me sane. I must have texted him a million times during both pregnancies.

One of your concerns when you were pregnant with Liam, (which I think we can all relate to), was that you would “poop on the table.” If you hadn’t have had a c-section, would you have let Dean look “down there?”


If I hadn't had a C-section I absolutely would have been paranoid about pooping the table. Luckily Dean and I share everything so YES . . . I would have asked him to check to see if I had done the deed!


Even though I’m not a celeb mom, I find myself turned off to some of the moms here in town. What kind of moms and friends do you hang out with? Do you go on any play dates, or attend any playgroups or 'mommy and me' classes?


I'm lucky . . . My girlfriends and I all seem to be having babies at the same time. In fact my best friend Jenny and I had 2 pregnancies together with all babies being a month apart. We do try to do play dates and family dinners when we can. Liam and I are currently in a toddler program together.


When you do have downtime, which is probably rare, how do you spend it? Movies you watch? Something you do with Dean that takes you out of work mode and away from the celebrity and Hollywood world for a minute?


When we have the rare no work moment we just like to be home-bodies with the kids. We like to cook, and watch movies together (in fact I think to date I've seen the animated feature CARS 22 times), go biking together, on walks, go to the park, and just BE. And, occasionally Dean and I take a date night out and love to get sushi locally in our neighborhood!


If Inn Love had really taken off, would you have committed to that full time? Do you always want to stay in the spotlight or are there hopes that down the road you will explore other careers and dreams, like opening up the French Fry shop…?


The Inn worked out the way it was meant to. It truly was a 24/7 job. I wanted time to focus on being a mommy. We can never get this special time back with our babies cause they grow so fast and I couldn't do both. Sometimes I do envision just being a stay at home mom but not working isn't an option for me currently. I need to work to support my family. I love being creative though so coming up with new business ventures is always on my mind. In fact I just started and designed my own children's clothing line called Little Maven. It'll hit stores in the fall. It'll be carried at many places such as Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Intuition, and Kitson Kids. I'm very proud of it!

When my son was 7 months old, a complete stranger at the farmers' market asked me when I was due with my second kid. Granted, I was wearing a maxi dress with an empire waist, but still: I was not pregnant! What is one of the worst things someone said to you about your weight after Liam or Stella was born?


I talk in my new book MOMMYWOOD [6] of the recurring dialogue of being called out as pregnant after baby is long out of belly! It just happens. It's always when you think that you've lost a little of the baby weight that someone steps in grabs a handful of a now sans baby soft belly and asks the inevitable "when are you due?". It happened to me quite a bit after both babies.


In your book sTORI-TELLING [7], you really opened up about some of the drama on set of the (original) 90210. Is it a totally different vibe now on the new set? Do you feel like the “elder,” that’s been there/done that?


So far no drama at all on new 90210 set that I know of. They all seem to really get along which is great. I have most of my scenes with Jennie Garth and I guess we do feel a bit like the elders. I say we are the older cast and Jennie reminds me to say "original" instead. It makes us laugh. But they are all young and experiencing this for the first time. It's a great time for them. Jennie and I sit around and talk babies!




Actress, entrepreneur and working mother Tori Spelling was interviewed by Jenny Herschko. Jenny is a Writer/Producer, and author of Perfectly Disheveled [8], a blog about being a new mom. Jenny studied Acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and worked for several years as a Reality Television producer. She now spends her time writing for various parenting websites while trying to channel her former Type-A, pre-baby personality.


More celebrity moms dish about their busy lives as successful working mothers! Don't miss our interviews with Dreamgirls actress Sheryl Lee Ralph [8], Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross [8], The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick [8], Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek [8], and Tracey Gold [8] from the classic series Growing Pains.

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