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Interview with Heather Tom of "Renovation
Unscripted" and "The
Bold & The Beautiful" 7/3/13
I have been a big fan of Heather's for many years, not
only because of her acting on soaps (which is amazing!) but
also her active work with Planned Parenthood. She is
truly a great role model for young women. It was nice
to speak with her, and she was very sweet.
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Q. Congratulations on your latest Emmy win! How did
it feel to win another Emmy?
A. It's fun. It's a great night. It's fun to like spend
it with my castmates, and my show did really well. It was a
really great night.
Q. How are you displaying them at home?
A. They are on my piano, as of right now. I don't know if
they're gonna stay there, but right now they're on the
Q. How did "Restoration Unscripted" come about?
A. Well, my husband and I have been doing design for like
12 years, and HGTV approached us to do a show that kind of
encompassed our live design projects, and we did a pilot,
and they decided to pick us up for five more, so we did a
total of six so far. They turned out really well. I never
quite know how things are going to turn out, 'cause I don't
have control over how they edit things or whatever, but I've
been really happy with the way the shows look and the way
the projects have come out. It's a fun show -- a lot of
behind-the-scenes stuff -- so it's cool.
Q. Whose homes are you restoring?
A. It's a bunch of different clients. We did five
projects, so we did some casting, some of them are friends
of friends. The first one was actually an old dear friend of
mine. So, it's some people that we know, some people that we
were less acquainted with.
Q. Do you do anything toward making them environmentally
A. We definitely keep that in mind. We did a kitchen
where we made sure our countertops were environmentally
friendly. We definitely keep that in mind. When we're
painting and that sort of thing, there are some really easy
things that you can do that will definitely cut down on your
Q. Zane is adorable. How do you juggle being his mommy
and being such a busy actress and now reality show hostess?
A. We have a very busy life, but he's a really cool kid,
and he had to learn to kind of pack up and go. The nice
thing is that I'm able to take him to work with me, and now
he's able to earn a living, too. You know, there's no
slacking off in this family. "The Bold and the Beautiful" is
really conducive to bringing your kid to work. You have a
nice big dressing room, and a lot of people do it, so it's
Q. How would YOU handle the situation with Brooke and
Bill if you were Katie?
A. That give me the heaves. If my husband and my sister
-- Yeah, no. I don't know that I would even handle it as
well as Katie is handling it. I saw the show today, and she
lost it. I think I might even go a little bit more
ballistic. There better not be any firearms within arm's
reach. People do strange things when they're in the throes
of depression, but I don't think I'd be setting up my
husband with my sister no matter how depressed I was.
Q. How long is your contract with B&B?
A. Interestingly enough, we're actually negotiating a
contract right now, so my contract is up at the end of
August. Hopefully, we'll see. Yeah, I love working on B&B.
They're a family affair.
Q. Would you ever go back to Y&R to play Victoria if the
opportunity were right?
A. Well, that role has been taken for, I think, almost
nine years now, but I feel like Victoria will always be in
my heart, and I loved working on "The Young and the
Restless," but I feel like Katie is my role, and she's the
only role that I want to play. They're both very distinct
characters. I was so young when I was playing Victoria. The
character has certainly evolved since I played her, and so
she's a different character now than when I played her.
Katie has her issues, too. So, I try to find myself in the
characters, but they're both very, very different.
Q. Is there anything you can tell us about what will
happen to Katie now that she's found out about Brooke and
A. Well, she's not gonna just lay down, so I will say
that. She's definitely kind of found her voice finally, and
she's not just gonna roll over and be above that.
Q. How are your brother and sister doing?
A. They're doing great. They're both still acting, and
kind of pounding the pavement. My sister's on a new Showtime
show called "Masters of Sex," so look for that in the fall.
Q. You played Kelly on OLTL. Are you watching the online
A. I haven't yet, but I'm definitely gonna tune in. I'm
so proud of them, and I'm so glad that they found a home on
the Internet. I'm so happy for all their fans. I thought it
was a real tragedy that they were canceled when they were,
and I'm glad that they have a new life online.
Q. Are you still active with Planned Parenthood? Are
there any other organizations or charities of which you are
a big supporter?
A. I am, but there are a lot of interesting things going
on, for sure. Texas is a little insane right now, but
hopefully, we'll continue to be able to provide women health
services for women of all income levels and all geographical
areas of the country. The other one that I like to spend a
lot of time with is actually the local historic society that
I'm really supportive of. I live in a historical home, and
James and I, especially with our design, we're really into
preserving older homes, not tearing homes down and building
new ones. If you take a house and refurbish it and renovate
it, and you can have a much smaller impact on the
environment than if you tear things down and build it again.
So, locally, we're very involved in our historic society
here in Glendale.
Q. Do you have any other acting projects coming up?
A. Not really. I am always looking for stuff, and B&B can
be really, really busy. We've got our summer hiatus coming
up. Honestly, at this point, I'm just looking forward to
going on vacation. I'm so tired. With an 8-month-old, I've
never experienced this level of fatigue, so that's pretty
much all I'm looking forward to doing as of right now. I am
going to go to Hawaii if I have to swim there myself. I
haven't figured out exactly what yet, but we are going to
Hawaii. It's so beautiful. I've been to so many tropical
places all over the world, and every time I go to places
that are supposed to be amazing, like Fiji and Bora Bora,
and I get there, and I'm like "But Hawaii is just as good.
We forget. I think we get spoiled, because it's so close to
us, we don't realize it's a pretty amazing place. I love it.
It's my favorite place.
Q. I remember when you came on Twitter after winning your
first Emmy. Has that been fun for you?
A. Twitter has become a bit of a habit now, but I'm not
technologically-minded at all. I just have a hard time. Even
today, I'm like, "How do I do this?" I mean, Twitter, I've
kind of worked it out a little bit. I do enjoy talking with
my fans one on one, which is something that you never used
to be able to do. I love hearing all their opinions, whether
they love Katie or hate her, and there are definitely people
on there that really don't like you. Cool. I'm like,
"Whatever. Express yourself." Yeah, I really love hearing
from the fans and interacting with them. My Titter handle,
or whatever it is, is @BBheathertom. I'm getting better at
replying. I thought, at first, that if I just tweeted back
my answer, it would go to the people, but now I know I have
to actually reply to that.
Q. What would you like to tell your many fans?
A. I would like to tell them that there are amazing
things coming up on B&B. I love the storyline. I think it's
awesome and please watch out for our show on HGTV,
"Renovation Unscripted." It's going to be on this Saturday
at 4 and then there are two more episodes that I think
they're going to have a marathon, so look out for those, as
well. So, yeah, lots of exciting stuff coming out.
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