Reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson seems to have it all! Her loving husband, former football star Hank Baskett, recently said, “Watching her grow as a mother has no doubt caused me to fall more and more in love with her.” And their gorgeous 2-year-old son “Little Hank” is one of our favorite celebrity toddlers.
Kendra opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the finale of her hit TV show, Kendra On Top, set to air Tuesday (July 31) at 10 P.M. on WEtv. She also talks about her Playboy past and how she’ll approach this topic with “openness and honesty” with Little Hank, her inner-struggle about baby No. 2, and how she balances her career and motherhood.
CBS: Tell us about Kendra on Top. What can we expect this season?
KW: “You will really see my life and inside my home and personal life. Before you saw a lot of moving around and me kind of having to go everywhere with Hank’s job. We were never really settled down. Now viewers will get to see our new life, our day to day life, and in our home. You will meet our friends and the people around us which has been awesome.”
CBS: The show chronicles your journey back to bombshell status and the challenges you face trying to balance your party girl persona and mommy duties. Tell us more.
KW: “You know, in the beginning it was really hard for me to find that balance and find out who I really was. I thought the minute I became a mom, I had to be really conservative and not be who I used to be at all.
In time, I found that balance of being a great mom but still feeling sexy and still having fun. I can be a mom but still have a night out and go out with some friends and have a glass of wine. I can look sexy without taking it too far. It’s not about showing more, it’s about how I feel and feeling sexy.”
CBS: How is Little Hank doing? What does he do to make you laugh?
KW: “He went up to a little girl and told her he just farted and that made me laugh so hard. Honestly, everything he does these days is making me laugh! He’s doing really well. Just started preschool so that has been awesome!”
CBS: Little Hank has been voted as one of our favorite celebrity babies and our readers are forever commenting on his hair and his natural beauty. How does it make you feel to know he has ‘fans’, and that he is so recognizable to many?
KW: “That’s awesome! It’s awesome that he has his trademark hair! We definitely appreciate the love for our son.”
CBS: We hear you are struggling with deciding on having baby No. 2. Please tell us about this inner-struggle.
KW: “Some days I wake up and I’m like, ‘I want baby No. 2 ASAP!’ Other days I want to hold off. We’re just enjoying our time with little Hank right now and focusing on helping him start preschool, etc. I also want to make sure that we are both settled in our work lives before we start to think about another baby. When the time is right, the time is right.”
CBS: How do you balance motherhood, career, marriage, and a social life?
KW: “It’s all about making time for every aspect of your life. When you don’t make time, and really set aside that time, that’s when you start to get spread too thin. When you’re spread too thin, then you don’t really give 100 percent of yourself, and then no one wins.
I make sure that I don’t try and do too many things at once so that I’m really focused on whatever it is I’m doing. When I’m with my family I give that 100 percent, when I’m working I’m 100 percent in that zone. You just have to keep organized and set aside the time to maintain that balance.”
CBS: How does your Playboy past impact your current business opportunities?
KW: “Sometimes it’s hard to come back in your career after posing nude. I appreciate the opportunities I had with Playboy and am proud of everything I did there at that time in my life.
You know, it is tough for people to see you as ‘that girl’ and then allow you to transition into a new life. I’ve had fans that have really stood by me and allowed me to grow and change. Now my business is my fitness, my family and my life.”
CBS: When will you approach little Hank about your past with Playboy? Are you dreading that conversation?
KW: “I’m not dreading the conversation because both my husband and I are proud of my past. [Little Hank] actually already come across some [laughs], he just didn’t really know what it was yet.
It’s better to be open than not, so I will be very open with him when the time comes. Openness and honesty is the best way to go.”
CBS: What’s up next for you?
KW: “I have a lot of things in the works and a lot of them you will see in the finale of my show. My lingerie line will be coming out soon and you’ll see what Hank has been working on. The paperback version of my book, Being Kendra, just came out as well so I’m doing some signings for that. I have so many things I want to do in the upcoming year, so you’ll have to stay tuned!”