Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Tori Spelling

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Tori Spelling

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Tori Spelling's had quite a morning. Before chatting with us about her VH1 series, so noTORIous, based on her real life, the former 90210-er shot a scene opposite Charo. "We got her to play the guitar and go 'Coochie-coochie-coo,'" boasts the eternally game actress. Sounds like our kind of show. "Just wait," Spelling promises. "There's also a scene of me at an all-black church singing with the choir." Tori Hallelujah!

How did you decide which elements of your life would be fair game and which wouldn't?

The first meeting with the creators, I said, "Nothing is off-limits." After years of trying to prove myself and be taken seriously, I just thought, What am I doing? My life's really funny. Why not do a show based on that? I got to a point where I was able to laugh at myself.

Loni Anderson plays your eBay-obsessed mother, Kiki, while your father only turns up on speakerphone. What do your real-life parents think of the show?

They've seen the pilot and thought it was very brave. I said to my mom, "This is not you. There's a little bit from you." She gets it.

There's a flashback of you as a little girl on the set of Charlie's Angels. How about Dynasty? Any memories?

I used to sit in the dressing room and watch Linda Evans do her Krystle do. And then Joan Collins would whisk by with her hair and all this makeup. It was just fabulous.

Your fashion-forward pug, Mimi La Rue, plays herself. Has the attention gone to her head?

She has become a bit of a diva, I have to say. …

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