Later Mom Features
I had the recent opportunity to interview Golden Globe award-winning actress and bestselling author, Valerie, 56, and I jumped on it, as I’m a long time fan of her work, whether from ONE DAY AT A TIME (which she starred in when she was 14 and ran for 9 years), TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL or HOT IN CLEVELAND. She has helped develop, produce and star in many highly rated TV movies and mini-series, and has guest-starred in Boston Legal in a role David E. Kelly wrote especially for her. She has also served as a correspondent for ‘The Rachael Ray Show” and inspired millions through her weight loss endeavors and work with Jenny Craig, even being recognized by People Magazine for her ‘bikini bod” at age 48. In August 2012, Valerie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She has always loved to cook and is currently starring in her own show on Food Network entitled VALERIE’S HOME COOKING. On the show, Valerie gives her family’s favorite recipes a modern twist. And she shares her creations with loved ones as well as special friends invited to her dinner table. She has also hosted specials including KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, with Duff Goldman.
I found her as appealing and relatable as she comes across on television, and totally open, funny, warm and candid, thoughtfully sharing her experiences as a mom, divorcee, woman over 50, and a versatile, enduring actress and personality who continually and successfully reinvents herself. She, like many of us, raising a family, are trying to be the best mothers we can, yet continue to strive to identify and follow our passions in life.
VALERIE: Wolfie is 25. How did that happen?! My youngest stepson is 17, and my stepdaughters are 20 and 23. And, my oldest stepson is 25. They’re all adults in my family now.
ROBIN: My son is 13, so I’m curious, do you have any preferred phases of parenting?
VALERIE: When Wolfie was little, he’d look up at me with those I can do no wrong eyes and say I love you mamma and kiss me….I miss that big time, but I’ll have it with grandchildren one day. But, now, to have him text or call me when he’s feeling blue about something or has a problem or wants to pass something by me, that’s a whole other wonderful part of being a mother. He respects my opinion, even though he would never say that out loud, but he’ll call and ask me what I think of certain things or how would I handle a situation….or sometimes he calls to vent, and I’m happy to be that shoulder too.