Catching Up With Tori Spelling
By Joseph Hassan
You're such an entrepreneur and a lot of your ideas have come to fruition. Are there any that haven't worked out?
Liam [who is sitting on Tori's lap] wants you to know that he likes garlic bread. [Laughs] I have so many ideas, I just have so many things on my plate, there's just so much I want to do. But I'm still fascinated with the french fry business. We tried to start a french fry business a few years ago. So I'm still convinced there's a market there for a restaurant, or I'm thinking maybe a truck for french fries and I have all these amazing ideas for sauces you can dip them in. There's a lot of mom stuff I want to do. I'd love to do something with interior design or party planning. And I love home-ware. Anything for the home. I feel like I see these amazing things all the time and they're so not affordable so I'd love to do a home line that's really cool, but that would be affordable.
[At this point in the interview, Liam, who has been repeating a lot of his mom's comments during the interview, asserts that he'd like to do a home line, too. Tori asks what he'd like to name it.]
What was that? I couldn't hear it...
Spiderman and Hulker Home Line' by Liam? [Liam confirms -- then gives Tori a last-second addition.] Oh, and Batman, too. Of course. He's such a boy.
One of the things you talk about on the show is fears -- and getting over them. You talk about your fear of ghosts, your fear of flying. Do you have any advice to people who are trying to get over any phobias?
Oh, my gosh. Good luck to them [laughs]. It's really hard. I have so many phobias and so many fears, but I've found that when I had kids my fears got worse not better. I thought they would get better because I didn't want them to take those on. And it's kind of been my journey of looking inward -- why do I have all these fears? And it's kind of about changing your thought process. It's a struggle every day to turn that negative into a positive. Because I'm always like, 'What if this happens? What if that goes wrong?' And [instead] it's like, 'Wait. Why would that go wrong?' It's really hard to change your whole thought process after 37 years, but that's something I'm working on. And fears are just kind of a fear of the unknown and the fear of something bad happening, and I talk about it in the book -- not having your happy ending. We all deserve our happy ending and so we have to start, day by day, to write it for ourselves.
Tell me about this recent experience contacting the late Farrah Fawcett through a psychic?
Yeah, that was a good one. John Edward, the world-renowned psychic, it was with him. I always have to preface it with that because it was with him. If it had been some psychic that I'd walked in off the street for five bucks it would have been different. But it came through him. It was pretty surreal. He offered to do a reading with me and I was hoping I would talk to my dad. I'd lost a best friend a long time ago and I was hoping he would come through. And then, all of a sudden, [he said] Farrah Fawcett's coming through. And we were neighbors for years. She basically wanted me to give a message to [Fawcett's son] Redmond and to her family and she was doing these very specific call outs for things that they would understand. In the book, I don't solve it. I can't believe she came through to me -- the most nonconfrontational person in the world. What am I supposed to do with this information? Since the book has been out, I've actually written a letter to [her partner and actor] Ryan O'Neal and explained to him in the letter everything that happened. I said, if none of this makes sense, please don't think I'm crazy, this literally happened. I'm just passing on information but it was pretty bizarre at the time.
What was that experience like with John Edward?
When I did that reading with him it was just over the phone so he literally' he's a medium, so he channels people. I've been to regular psychics that turn over cards, tarot cards, and sort of read your future, that type of thing. But, with him, literally people just come to him and say things that they want the person to hear. Dean did it with me and his mom and his father who passed, and they were coming through and they were saying things that literally only Dean would know, that I had no idea about. So, I don't know, I believe in all of that.
Anything else we should know about the book or the process of writing it?
This book I think is very different for any of the readers who have read my last two books. The title actually came first [before the content]. I came up with 'Uncharted TerriTORI' and, I was like, OK, let's see what I have. I don't know if I have that much to say, it's only been a year since Mommywood came out. And, right when I started writing this book, it's like everything started happening in my life. It was pretty uncanny timing. I got sick and I had all these health problems, and my marriage -- I started to have all these issues. I reconciled with my mom and the book literally just wrote itself. It turned into this whole emotional journey for me and so I definitely tell my fans this book is more intimate -- it goes a lot deeper and I think it shows a different side of me. And when I finished writing it, it was like, wow, this totally lived up to its name. I totally just entered uncharted territori!
New York Times best-selling author Tori Spelling's latest book, Uncharted TerriTORI, is out from Simon & Schuster and available here.