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The New Life of Brooke Shields

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Her Role in Lipstick Jungle

FITNESS: Why is Lipstick Jungle such a great opportunity for you?

Brooke: Before I knew they were thinking about making it into a series, I read the book and identified with the women in it so much: They're smart, strong, and flawed -- but not bitchy! So when I heard they were making it into a series, I was thrilled...until I realized they couldn't hire me -- I was pregnant. But by the time they were ready to shoot the pilot, I'd given birth to Grier. It worked out perfectly.

FITNESS: How do you balance it all -- kids, marriage, 16-hour workdays?

Brooke: My husband helps take the pressure off. I've been married for seven years, and though life is hard -- coordinating schedules and finding time for everything -- our relationship isn't. That enables me to be the kind of mom I want to be and to have the kind of career I want.

FITNESS: Okay, besides the great husband, what's your secret?

Brooke: I multitask: I'll take a Spinning class or a hike with a girlfriend, so we can exercise and catch up. Although I'm not sure that's such a great strategy. The other day I was multitasking in the car and I drove into the beam that supports our house! I was wearing these enormously high heels and one of them got stuck on the pedal. I said to my husband, "Should that beam really be there? Maybe we can move it." And he was like, "Uh, it holds up the whole place!"


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2007.


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