A Little Sit-Down With 'Tori & Dean'
Also, Spelling has announced that she's signed on to reprise her role as Donna Martin in The CW's "90210," a spin-off of "Beverly Hills, 90210," the seminal '90s teen hit from Spelling's late father, producer Aaron Spelling.
And to top it all off, the third season of her and McDermott's reality show premieres Tuesday, June 17, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on Oxygen. Now called "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood," it follows the happy twosome as they leave behind their bed-and-breakfast from the previous incarnation of the show, "Tori & Dean: Inn Love," and return to the world of showbiz.
On a hot day in early May, with Spelling still very pregnant, the two curl up on a hotel couch with Zap2it to talk about image, family and having a very stylish son. Here's a sampling of the conversation.
On having reality series instead of home movies:
McDermott: "We're lucky."
Spelling: "We thought of that. It's great. We have both pregnancies on TV. It's a cool thing to have forever."
On whether fans are thrilled or disappointed if the real Spelling doesn't live up to their image of her.
Spelling: "Well, I think the vision they had was a person they wouldn't really like, so I think they're pleasantly surprised and happy."
McDermott: "Judging from fans we run into on the street, they're like, 'We can relate to you. You're so normal.' Which is good. They're liking the real Tori."
On being wacky:
McDermott: "We're normal, but we're wacky."
Spelling: "Wacky's a good thing."
McDermott: "Wacky's good. I call it being comfortable with your dementia. That's just me."
On why he's a good dad and she's a good mom:
Spelling: "He's an amazing dad. He's so hands-on. I don't think I could have gotten through this pregnancy without him, honestly. Liam's all over the place now, and especially with me working so much, he's taken on a lot of the responsibility. You're just such a natural. You're so good at it."
McDermott: "Thanks. That's very cool."
Spelling: "You're a good dad."
McDermott: "The thing that makes her a good mom, she's just so compassionate and loving. Once she sees Liam, you can just see how much she loves him. She just beams. She's a love bug. You're a baby love bug."
On what they learned from their families:
Spelling: "My family didn't talk a lot about stuff. We were all pretty passive-aggressive, and we weren't very communicative with each other. That's something that I've definitely taken and said I want to change with my family."
McDermott: "My biggest role model was my mom. She was the rock that kept our family together. Single mom with four kids, holding down two jobs…she taught me about just getting the job done, intestinal fortitude, with nothing but love. Just rolling up your sleeves, doing what you have to do and just loving the heck out of your family."
On having a baby girl:
McDermott: "If she looks anything like Tori, I'm in trouble. This little girl is going to be so spoiled."
Spelling: "You can never spoil them with too much love."
McDermott: "Little boy's clothes have come a long way. They have some really cool stuff. I'm looking forward to little, frilly girl stuff."
Spelling: "And Liam's a snappy dresser."
McDermott: "He's a good dresser. He's got style."
Spelling: "He's got no say in it, but he has style."
McDermott: "He knows it."