At the young age of 33, Melissa Joan Hart has done it all! She captivated TV audiences in the 90s as a teenage witch, she’s also a writer, TV director and producer, singer, businesswoman and mother-of-two. Melissa will return to the small screen alongside fellow former teen star Joey Lawrence in the ABC family sitcom, Melissa & Joey.
So how does she do it all? In an exclusive interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop, Melissa opens up about her two adorable sons – Mason, 4, and Brady, 23 months – how she balances her career and family life, playdates with pal Jaime Pressly and the rewards of motherhood.
CBS: You are mom to 2 young boys: Mason, 4, and Brady, 2 in March. How has motherhood changed you?
MJH: “My biggest question these days is…is it motherhood or age? I feel much more run down and have a lot less time for the simple things like reading a book and dinner with friends. But being a mom is the most rewarding thing in the world. Holding a cold, metallic statue will never fulfill you the way your child’s little smile will.”
CBS: Tell us a funny story about each of your boys.
MJH: “Mason is hysterically funny. The things that come out of his mouth are precious. My favorite is when I am ready for a night out and he tells me ‘Mommy you look perfect.’ Who taught him that? It melts me. Brady won’t speak but the charades we play is both hilarious and frustrating depending on the scenario. He growls a lot like a dinosaur which cracks us up.”
CBS: How do you feel about the paparazzi taking pictures of your family? Are your boys scared of the paps?
MJH: “They are pretty kind to us and stay back and the kids get more confused than scared. Mostly I feel bad when there are other kids on the playground and they are snooping in the bushes and the other moms start to worry. It’s like a stake out.”
CBS: You are set to costar alongside fellow former teen star Joey Lawrence in the ABC family sitcom, Melissa & Joey. Are you excited to return to TV?
MJH: “Joey and I are both very excited. We adore working in comedy and there is no better schedule in Hollywood for a parent than the old fashioned sitcom. We are ready to make people laugh and have a great run!”
CBS: How are you planning to juggle your time between home and work while filming Melissa & Joey? Will you have a nanny helping out?
MJH: “We have a wonderful nanny who moved east with us and we couldn’t make it through the next few months without her. The boys adore her and we are all friends too. It’s going to be tough to work some crazy hours for the next few months but we will make it work. Mostly the boys will stay home with Mark and Canyon (nanny) because we want them to have stability. But I suspect I will get lonesome and beg them to spend a few solid weeks with me this summer. I will never go more than one week without seeing them though.”
CBS: You recently moved to the east coast from L.A. How are you all settling in? Do the boys seem to like it there?
MJH: “Love it!”
CBS: You opted for a drug-free birth with your second son, Brady. Do you think many medical interventions during birth are unnecessary?
MJH: “I don’t think pregnancy or labor is easy in any capacity. I think it is unfortunate that people are opting to make birth a medical issue instead of a natural process but it is a very private choice and you will never hear me lecture someone on the difference. Now if someone wanted to know the ins and outs of how I did it, I will tell them about every minute and detail.”
CBS: You graced the cover of People in your bikini after losing 42 lbs. of post-pregnancy weight. Have you kept the weight off? What is your best advice to moms who can’t seem to lose the baby weight?
MJH: “I think I have actually got to be in better shape since Dancing with the Stars, etc. That cover gave me the motivation to really learn how to live differently and I stick to it now. Best advice is to eat more often during the day but smaller meals. 5 small meals a day, tons of water and good night’s sleep.”
CBS: With more and more young celebrities undergoing plastic surgery, would you ever consider going under the knife in the name of beauty?
MJH: “I wouldn’t rule out surgery but I also don’t like the look of people who have been pulled too tight. So I would be afraid to get a botched up job.”
CBS: You’ve worked in show business since you were four. How have you kept a level head?
MJH: “I think I am as level headed as they come, but don’t we all!
CBS: Do you want your children in showbiz?
MJH: “Not really but I wouldn’t stop them if it’s really in their hearts. They are both very dramatic and musical so it might be coming.”
CBS: Have you and Britney Spears remained friends?
MJH: “I have not seen her in 8 years.”
CBS: Do you and pal Jaime Pressly get together for playdates?
MJH: “Jaime and I hang every chance we get. She is such fun and a good friend.”
CBS: Do you and your husband, Mark Wilkerson, make time for date nights?
MJH: “We prefer lunch dates since dinner we are usually wiped out and the kids are asleep and we always feel like we should be snuggled up on the couch after they pass out.”
CBS: Why are you and Mark are a good match?
MJH: “We respect each other and appreciate each other. And only one of us gets to be crazy at a time!”
CBS: Are you and Mark planning to try for a girl?
MJH: “Probably, but we will be happy with whatever God has in store.”
CBS: You are the oldest of eight children. Do you have regular playdates/get togethers?
MJH: “We are all spread out over the country but I see one of them at least every week it seems.”
CBS: Would you ever consider doing a reality TV show documenting your family life?
MJH: “That’s a lot of pressure and work especially with small children but if it was a great concept, maybe. It couldn’t just be our normal lives on tape.”
CBS: Tell us about your candy store, SweetHarts, in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
MJH: “I have always dreamed of opening an ice-cream/candy store with my mother and this was our chance to go after that dream. The design was important to me and now we are working on getting all the kinks out and making it more eco-friendly. It’s tough to run a restaurant but it’s a little dream come true and I am determined to see SweetHarts blossom into a little piece of heaven for kids of all ages!”
CBS: You will always be Sabrina to so many of us! What was it like starring on that wildly popular show in your early 20s?
MJH: “I knew I was part of something “magical” HA! I had such fun and worked 12 hour days with my best friends for 7 years. Who can ask for more?”
CBS: Are you working with any charities?