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A couple of days before Brooke Shields learned her new sexy series, Lipstick Jungle, would be picked up by NBC, we caught up with the actress — and her lively red-haired baby daughter Grier — at a party where she was introduced as the spokeswoman for a new online campaign, Chain of Confidence, started by the international kitchenware giant Tupperware and aimed at fostering female friendships, which led us to ask her about her new all-about-girl-bonding show as well as her own experiences with girlfriends.

TVGuide.com: So it's pretty cool that while you're promoting female friendships in real life, you're doing a TV show about girlfriends, from Candace Bushnell, the creator of Sex and the City, the acme of sisterhood shows, right?
Brooke Shields: [Giggles] It couldn't be better. We were joking that this whole thing is so unbelievably well timed. Lipstick Jungle is about three women who turn to each other. [The ubiquitous Kim Raver (24, The Nine) and Lindsay Price (Pepper Dennis) also star.] They're high-powered, very flawed, very strong, great women. They really need each other, and they're not afraid to admit it. I love that about these women. It's not about being a bitch. It's not about getting that guy. It's just about being all that a woman really can be, which I think is so much more than we ever really know. I want them to do it right. It's going to be a lot of great, hard, fabulous work.

TVGuide.com: I guess you don't play a Tupperware saleswoman?
Shields: No. Wendy runs a studio. But once I saw all the new Tupperware stuff, I said, "I need that!" I use all that stuff with my kids.

TVGuide.com: You can bring them on the Lipstick Jungle set.
Shields: Absolutely. The new travel coffee mugs are huge in my households. With 4 am calls, you need a lot of coffee.

TVGuide.com: Are you filming in New York?
Shields:
Yes. It's so great being back home again!

TVGuide.com: Is your husband [producer Chris Henchy] coming with you or staying in L.A.?
Shields:
He'll commute. He's going to come Thursdays to Mondays. I've been wanting to get back home for so many years. It's really good for me just to be here. And my kids (Grier and older daughter Rowan) just love it. I take the kids every day to a different museum and the park and just experience the diversity of the city.

TVGuide.com: Things sound good for you now.
Shields:
It always has the potential to go either way at any given time, but there are certain things I can count on: the love of my children and for my children, my friends.

TVGuide.com: It sounds like your female friends are really important to you.
Shields:
When Tupperware approached me, I realized I've been relying on the women around me my whole life, starting with my mom, who taught me to be proud of who I am and not let people knock me down. I'm in an industry that likes to take everything away from you, starting with your confidence and self-esteem. We have to rely on our friends. So this is a connection that makes sense.

TVGuide.com: Did these friends help you with your widely reported post-partum depression?
Shields:
Absolutely! My poor husband was taking care of the baby, and my girlfriends would come over and stay with me. It was a network of females who knew something was really wrong. That was really huge for me.

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