At the beginning of this month, Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott celebrated the opening of their bed-and-breakfast, the Chateau La Rue. Named after Spelling's pet pug, the establishment is not only a new business venture for the newlyweds, it's also the focus of Tori & Dean: Inn Love, a reality series premiering tonight at 10:30 pm/ET on the Oxygen Network. TVGuide.com caught up with the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star a few days after the Chateau's opening to chat about the series, awaiting her firstborn child, and the transition from Hollywood's glitz and glam to the fields and farms of Fallbrook, California.
TVGuide.com: I heard the baby is due any day now. How are you holding up?
Tori Spelling: March 28 is my due date, but it feels like it could be any day now. [Spelling gave birth to Liam Aaron on March 13.] I’m actually very impressed with myself, doing all these projects at once.
TVGuide.com: I guess you can’t take maternity leave from your own reality show.
Spelling: When I took all this on, I didn’t anticipate everything. I was in my third or fourth month, and I was like, “Well, I feel fine. How much harder can it get?” And it’s funny, because everything is falling into place at once. We’ve been doing the show since November, but the B&B got done with renovations and we had the opening all in my ninth month. It’s more work than I’ve ever done in my whole life!
TVGuide.com: Has the reality-show aspect made it any more difficult to get the business up and running?
Spelling: It has, in fact. There’s just so much to get done. The renovations have been intense, because Dean and I are doing almost everything ourselves. To then have to take time out to film a scene and do this and that with cameras... it slows things down when you want to just get stuff done.
TVGuide.com: You picked “Chateau La Rue” out of all the entries you received from a name-the-bed-and-breakfast contest?
Spelling: Yeah. We had thousands and thousands of entries. There were a lot of funny ones, and we got a good chuckle out of them. I wish I could remember some of them, but I have such "baby brain." There were some weird ones like “The Ambrosia Inn” and “Me Love You Long Time Inn.” There were some really cheesy ones.
TVGuide.com: Were there any 90210-related entries, like people wanting to call it “The Peach Pit”?
Spelling: Oh, yeah. I wish I had the list in front of me. When people talked about "baby brain" I would always be like, “What’s that?” But it’s totally happened. I can’t remember stuff I said five minutes ago.
TVGuide.com: I’ll try to keep the questions simple then. Now, Fallbrook is known as the avocado capital of the world. Will guests be able to get a fine guacamole at your establishment?
Spelling: I actually make a really good guacamole, and yes, the avocados are fabulous here. You know what, though? All of the citrus fruits are amazing here. We always have cut-up oranges. But avocados are one of my favorite fruits, anyway, so I’ll definitely have avocado incorporated into a lot of the things we serve.
TVGuide.com: Having done So NoTORIous and now Tori & Dean: Inn Love, are you pretty comfortable with a camera crew always hanging around?
Spelling: It was a little awkward for the first couple weeks. For the most part I’m comfortable, not because I’m used to being filmed for TV, but because I’m used to being filmed in my life. The paparazzi are around daily. It’s second nature to go to the market and have a crew of people shooting you.
TVGuide.com: Have they followed you since you moved away from L.A.?
Spelling: You know what, they have, which kind of made me sad. I thought, “We still have our careers and we still have our lives in L.A. We’re going to be going back and forth. But it will be so nice to live in a place where we can just walk around and meet nice people and not have people jumping out in front of you with a camera.” And then they came.
TVGuide.com: But the town you’re living in is a two-and-a-half hour drive from L.A.
Spelling: I know. [The paparazzi] don’t get it. The other day, there was a girl on our property, in our trees taking pictures and shooting us on our patio having breakfast, so Dean went over and talked to her. Her [defense] was that she wasn’t wrong. She was like, “But I drove two hours. Give me a shot!” Dean said that he didn’t want her to take pictures, because we hadn’t opened the bed-and-breakfast yet, and she was like, “I don’t care about the bed-and-breakfast. I just want a shot of the belly!” I had a moment. I thought we had finally got away.
TVGuide.com: Well, that hasn’t changed. On a positive note, what’s been the most pleasant thing about living in Fallbrook?
Spelling: Fallbrook is such a peaceful place, and we just drive around, because it’s so great having undiscovered territory. I like being adventuresome and exploring. I’ll drive to the market and see a little road going up the mountain and I’ll just take it. I’ll see the most breathtaking views. It’s so gorgeous looking over the valleys. It’s stunning. I’ll just park up there and I’m like, “Oh, my god. This is what it’s all about.”
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