Actress Kirstie Alley, 59, has spent much of her life on the big and small screen, starring in hits like Look Whos Talking, and the much loved sitcom Cheers. More recently the mom-of-two has found herself thrust into the spotlight less for her acting ability, and more for her weight ups and downs. In an interview with Ladies Home Journal, Alley opens up about the public fascination with her weight, her love for her family and friends, her commitment to Scientology, and why she loves Twitter.
How suffering a miscarriage triggered weight gain in the 80’s: “It was the first time I ever gained weight. I went from 118 to around 135 and the press began talking, which was weird because I was still thin.”
On her love for Twitter: “I was never a computer person until I discovered Twitter last year and now I am beyond hooked. When you’re famous you can’t really talk to normal people. It’s all about having your picture taken or people wanting something from you. On Twitter I can say, ‘What’s your life like? What are your challenges?’ It has opened up a whole new reality to me I haven’t had since I’ve been recognized as an actor.”
On her commitment to Scientology: “Scientology helps you lose your insanities. One of the keys is they say, ‘You’re in charge of your life, buster. You’re responsible for any condition you’re in.’ If I look at it that way, it helps. I’ve been irresponsible many, many, many times and that has resulted in my being fat. They hold you accountable to living a life without making excuses for yourself.”
On her ‘nonexistant’ lovelife: “As I get older it’s harder to know what I would want in a relationship. I love spending time with my kids and my friends and my animals. I love traveling and working. The last thing I need to think about is some dude.”
Alley, who has two children, William, 17, and Lillie, 16, with ex-husband Parker Stevenson, is keeping busy with her new weight loss program, Organic Liaison as well as her new reality show which will document her weight loss journey as well as life as a single mother raising two teenaged children. Kirstie Alley’s Big Life airs on A&E on Sunday nights.