You know you’ve made it in Hollywood when you have your own ‘E! True Hollywood Story.’ With her season two premiere of ‘Kendra’ drawing 2.5 million viewers this past Sunday and her E! True Hollywood Story set to air Wednesday March 17th, Kendra Wilkinson embodies a true rags-to-riches fairy tale. Now happily married to NFL player Hank Baskett and mother to son Hank IV, Kendra has come a long way from her days as a wild, troubled teen. Once struggling with drug addiction, her biggest challenge now is losing the baby weight and balancing her career with her happy home life. Kendra and Hank sat down with Fancast to discuss marriage and children, her past, and why she’s grateful for the experiences that caused her to grow up faster than most twenty four year olds her age.
How did you guys meet?
Kendra Wilkinson: We met March 2008 at the Playboy golf scramble. I was the only female golfer, but of course there were a bunch of girls running around. We met there, and we took a picture. It’s funny because I have a lot of friends that are in the NFL, and I was actually with them, and there were two different golf courses so we went our separate ways after we took the picture. All throughout the day, though, I’d be like, ‘Who’s that guy Hank Baskett?’ to my NFL friends, and they’re like ‘Stop talking about that guy, just stop!’ We saw each other on the way off the golf course, and then I told him to get my number down, so he did, and we just kinda talked ever since.
On your ‘True Hollywood Story,’ there was something mentioned about how you had to sneak around when you were first dating Hank. Can you explain that?
KW: Of course, throughout the whole relationship with Hef it [with Hank] was only just friends. So, I mean come on, I’m not gonna sit there and think Hef’s gonna be my boyfriend forever. I realized Hef was at the stage where he wanted to move on with his life, so it’s only fair if I go out and date, especially if it’s him [Baskett], who’s a great man and I’m not gonna give him up.
What’s the biggest challenge being married?
KW: Of course we’re not perfect and of course we argue but we always know how to talk it out. We don’t stay mad at each other, and we don’t go to bed mad at each other. We make sure we apologize and kiss before we go to bed.
Hank Baskett: We know how to accept it when each of us is wrong. It’s not ‘Fine whatever’ it’s ‘Alright, I understand.’ It’s not always her fault and it’s not always my fault.
Who wears the pants in the relationship?
HB: We both do. I wear the pants, she picks them out. We both have a say-so about what goes on, and I know to save time and energy and thought with a lot of stuff. She’s the more stubborn one.
What are some of the biggest lies told about you?
KW: We really don’t pay that much attention to the media and stuff, but one of the biggest lies was definitely me being pregnant again! We just laughed about that, and we’re not going to even both to clear that one up. And crying at the Super Bowl because he lost the game. That was the biggest lie! I don’t cry after a game.
Do you have sympathy for people like Britney Spears that deal with paparazzi around her children on a daily basis?
KW: Yeah, because we only had a couple photographers on us at the Super Bowl, and Britney Spears has to deal with, like, 800. But the thing about Britney Spears is at least she has like 5 security guards surrounding her at all times, I had zero. It was a huge mess, a big miscommunication. We had zero security to guide us half a mile to where we needed to go.
Do you still feel the pressure to lose weight now that you’ve had the baby?
KW: Yeah, definitely. I’m not going to sit here and lie. I definitely feel the pressure, especially because I have a workout video coming out very soon, but the thing about it is I know my body and what it’s going through, and so does my trainer. My trainer has a wife that had three C-sections, so he knows. I’m not going to harm myself and go to extremes when my uterus is still shrinking. I’m not going to try and get a six pack of abs when it’s still shrinking. I’m going to take it easy, I’m going to do my cardio, and just do what I can. I’m not going to push myself.
What food is the hardest to give up when you’re dieting?
KW: My favorite thing is snacks. I love snacks! I love chips and I love popcorn and stuff like that.
What’s the best meal that you cook?
KW: I love cooking. Lemon chicken. Barbequed pork. What else, babe?
HB: Spaghetti. That sauce you made the other night was the bomb. I don’t know how you came up with that concoction but it was bomb.
How was it having little Hank meet Hef?
KW: It was amazing because Hef is still a huge part of our lives. The second we hit L.A we definitely wanted to bring little Hank there and get pictures with him and Hef.
Do you have any concerns for the future and what little Hank will find out?
KW: Being a celebrity, my past will always be known, which is the drawback of my job. Your next door neighbor does the same thing that I do, I just happen to be on television. I hate when people think that they’re perfect. Everybody goes through the same things, everybody has their problems and I have my problems. I went through my crazy wild days and it just so happened to be on TV. I was 18, 19, 20, ya know, those are the years that you party. Our son is going to grow up strong, and he’s going to know who he is and who his real friends are. He’s going to know who loves him and he’s going to know his life. We’re very smart people and we’re definitely going to raise him smart.
Where do you think you’d be in your life right now if you had never been part of Playboy and met Hank?
KW: Sorry to say this baby, but before meeting Hef I was actually with a guy and we were talking about getting married, so I would probably be married with kids. The kids would probably be a lot older because it was seven years ago, but I’d still be in San Diego.
Is there something you wish you had done before you had kids?
KW: No, I think I lived every stage of my life. Even before having the baby and even before I knew I was pregnant, I was slowing down with the party days anyways. I grew up; I’m not like that anymore. Now we go to jazz clubs, that’s what we do.
Now that you are a mom yourself do you have any regrets about what you put your mom through?
KW: Of course. I was the greatest kid until I hit about twelve years old, and then that’s when all my bad days came. I definitely regret the way that I treated her. Right now my mom and I have the best relationship we’ve ever had, and it makes me appreciate her a million times more. Now I’m giving her back what I took from her.
Who do you think is the next mom: Bridget or Holly?
KW: That’s hard. I asked Bridget if she wanted kids the other day and she said no, and Holly doesn’t have a man. But I guess maybe Holly.
What do you have planned for the summer?
KW: Our one year wedding anniversary is coming up, and my twenty-fifth birthday, so we’re thinking of taking a trip. We don’t know where yet though.
Hank, what do you wish people knew about Kendra?
HB: Just her love for the little things in life. Everybody expects somebody in her shoes, a celebrity, to need diamonds and this and that, but I know it’s the little things that Kendra loves. She’s the kind of woman that when you hand her a rose, she’ll act like you just handed her a dozen roses, ya know? I wish everyone could see how appreciative she is.
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