Melissa Reeves: “I Love Taking Care Of My Family”

Days of our Lives star Melissa Reeves is keeping things steamy in Salem as the beloved character Jennifer Horton. The longtime soap star, 46, is teaming up with some of her cast mates in the new book, Days of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier Balanced Life. The book that Doctor Oz calls, “… not only helpful, but entertaining…” is filled with cast secrets on how they achieve balance while inspiring readers to do the same.

Melissa opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her happy family life wife husband, fellow soap star Scott Reeves, and their two children: Emily, 21, and Larry, 16. Sharing that she’s “too crafty” especially around the holidays, Melissa goes on to talk about the joys of motherhood, working in daytime TV and her other passion: flipping houses. 

CBS: Tell us a little about the new book Days of Our Lives: Better Living.

MR: “The book is colorful, fun, and readers can see inside our lives. I definitely think the book can inspire a fresh start in others.”

CBS: Better Living focuses on living a healthy, balanced life. What do you do to find balance with a busy career and family?

MR: “I really have to do a weekly schedule of how I’m going to spend my time and make sure it all balances out.”

CBS: Between Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara, you’re truly a soap opera veteran. What do you love about doing daytime TV?

MR: “I have always loved being able to have a family life and work. I believe daytime is the most balanced workplace to have exactly that.”

CBS: Can you tell us about your kids. What are their names and ages? What are they into?

MR: “My daughter, Emily, is 21 and is a singer/songwriter in Nashville. My son, Larry, is 16. He’s in 10th grade, loves photography, and is a journalist in the making.”

CBS: What’s your favorite part of being a mother? How has motherhood changed you?

MR: “I love taking care of my family. My dream as a little girl was to get married young and have children. It came true. I think motherhood and being a wife has made me a much more fun person to be around.”

CBS: What are your plans for the holidays? What’s your favorite part?

MR: “My daughter and I look for any excuse to decorate like crazy. We are too crafty! But family time is always my favorite part and celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.”

CBS: What’s up next for you? Any new projects in the works?

MR: “My husband and I are working on a new house and having fun. We love to flip houses. Scott does so much of the work and I decorate it. It is so, so fun for us. We are currently looking for an old Airstream to redo.”

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