The Daily Beast: Tori Spelling’s Mommy Issues – 1

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Tori Spelling Tori Spelling’s Mommy Issues
April 2009
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Tori SpellingWith a new memoir on parenting, the TV scion turned reality star dishes on her feud with her mother, Candy, her kids’ love of paparazzi, and her return to 90210.

Tori Spelling has survived a lot longer than most people thought she would. After a decade on her father’s young-adult juggernaut, Beverly Hills, 90210, she, like the rest of the teen-idol cast, spent a decade in relative oblivion. But then something changed—not in Tori, but in pop culture. TV veered sharply into high-drama, guilty-pleasure “reality.” The paparazzi mutated. Entertainment became a series of goofball, anything-goes hijinks. In other words, the world shifted Tori-ward.

“When you’re a celebrity, people are always taking pictures of you. And if it’s been two weeks since you’ve had a baby, it’s hard not to worry about them seeing your belly.”

In fact, one could argue that the past few years have seen the true flowering of Spelling’s career. No longer playing second banana to Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth, she made a tabloid splash three years ago with a juicy, home-wrecking affair with her TV-movie costar Dean McDermott. From there, she and McDermott made a reality show together, now in its fourth successful season. She wrote a dishy bestselling memoir that included details about her feud with her mother, Candy. And her recent appearance on the new 90210 netted the series its highest ratings in months.

MommywoodNow Spelling is back with a casual and candid take on motherhood in her new book, Mommywood (released, probably not coincidentally, within weeks of Candy Spelling’s own memoir). In it, Tori holds forth on everything from her paparazzi-loving toddlers to body after baby. She took a break from her book tour to speak to The Daily Beast about rumors of a post-pregnancy eating disorder and where things stand with Mom.

You’ve been busy! Between the fourth season of Tori & Dean, the stint on 90210, and your new book, how do you manage to raise two kids under 2?

The kids are with me because I’m on the road for a week. I don’t put them through this if it’s for one night—my husband, Dean, and I switch off. But we’re in New York right now for five days and there’s no way I could have left Stella and Liam. I definitely cannot go more than a day or two without them.

I’m so blessed and grateful to have work right now. But then there’s another part of me that just wants to be with my kids all day. I’m sure every working mother feels that way. Dean is completely hands-on with the kids, and I am so blessed for that. In the book I talk about the curse of having the hands-on dad, because then all of a sudden you feel left out of it—like, “Wait, I wanted to change that diaper!”

Did you ever think one day you’d be saying, “Wait, I wanted to change that diaper”?

Right? Exactly. You never think that until you experience it yourself. Parenthood is like an alternate universe.

Liam seems to get along well with the paparazzi.

Definitely. He has no idea what he’s getting into. Stella’s a ham, too. The kids are hilarious. They’re definitely very socialized. They’re friendly with everyone. It is strange sometimes to think that people know my 2-year-old by name, but that’s the world we live in.

Growing up in the spotlight, was it like that for you, too?

I feel like it’s completely different now. It wasn’t really a paparazzi world back then, with flashbulbs going off as soon as you walk out your door. I definitely was exposed to a lot of Hollywood-esque things, I suppose, but as far as the flashbulbs and the paparazzi stalking us, that did not happen. That’s a new thing.

Tori and LiamIn the book, you talk about Liam and how you worried about him having a big nose based on his ultrasound. Do you think all moms think this way?

In the book I did speculate about that because when I saw the sonogram, all I could think about was, “Oh my God, does his nose look large?” Obviously, that comes from what I experienced myself growing up. But when you get your sonogram, it’s the last few months of the pregnancy and your kid is running out of room in there—they’re all squashed up. So the features are greatly exaggerated. But I didn’t know that then. They look a bit scary. So I just put the question out there—is that reaction a characteristic of someone living in Hollywood? Or do moms everywhere think the same thing? Do they all worry about what their kids will look like? I think they do.

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