These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's easy to forget that stars are real people. That's why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they've shared their guiltiest pleasures?
It's been a busy year for Holly Madison. The former "Girls Next Door" star welcomed daughter Rainbow Aurora back in March, and tied the knot with Pasquale Rotella in a fairytale celebration at Disneyland in September. Fortunately, the new wife and mom found a few moments to take our #nofilter challenge.
What's your guiltiest pleasure?
I have chocolate cravings, like every girl. But I would say Taco Bell. When I’m absolutely desperate, driving around starving, that’s where I want to go. But I keep it to a minimum. It’s about what you do 90 percent of the time, not your 10 percent mess-ups because we’re all going to do that.
When do you feel most at peace?
Probably when I’m home with my baby, just spending time with her and being in the moment and playing, with nothing else on my mind.
What sense would you most be afraid to lose?
Sight. I’m a visual person.
What's the most unusual thing you have in your purse or wallet?
There’s always something weird that I’ve been carrying around. I have this diaper bag that’s like Hermione’s endless bag from “Harry Potter” that she pulls a tent out of, and things get lost in there for months. The rare moments I decide to clean out my bag, something will come out and I’m like, what the hell? Being a mom and having a 7-month-old, it’s still weird to me to even have diapers in my purse. I hate finding garbage in my purse; that’s the worst.
Describe one time you thought "This is harder than it looks."
Definitely finding time to do anything else when you’re a mom other than taking care of the baby. I knew it would be hard, but it’s harder than I thought.
What technology do you hope will be invented in the next 10 years?
I spend some of my time in LA and I’d like to be able to get anywhere without having to deal with major traffic. So I’d like some kind of subway or flying car in LA.
What's the silliest thing you've ever lied about?
What really sticks in my head, because my mom went berserk about it, is when I was 4 years old I had this peanut butter and jelly sandwich and I threw it across the lawn and said I was done and wanted dessert, and she freaked out and gave me a huge lecture on lying.
If you could commit a crime and get away with it, what would it be?
I’d spy on people because I’m nosy. I don’t know if that’s really a crime. I guess if you’re stalking someone at their house and being a total freak, that’s trespassing.
What's one thing you do when you're alone that you wouldn't do in front of someone else?
Just lounge around in nasty clothes.
What happens in your recurring dream?
I almost never dream. I can’t even remember the last time I dreamed. I don’t remember them.
What’s the working title of your autobiography?
Down the Rabbit Hole.
When do you feel most anxious?
When I’m overwhelmed, when I have a lot of things on my plate and I feel like I can’t accomplish them in time.
What or who is overrated right now?
I don’t watch a lot of TV -- I think a lot of TV shows are not very interesting and overrated.
Is a good friend hard to come by?
Absolutely. I think there are so many people who are fake and just want something from you, and you really have to value the true friends you have. And it takes years to find out who they are.
What are you most afraid of?
I’m most afraid of anything having to do with eyeballs. I don’t like things touching my eyes. I don’t like things coming near my eyes. Somebody once said, “Did you know you can take your eye out with a spoon?” and that made me almost barf. I have an eyeball phobia.
When's the last time you cried?
I was probably just super-frustrated. It’s probably happened since I’ve had the baby and I’ve just been super-frustrated and had to let it out because I couldn’t get anything done.
Is it okay to recline your seat on an airplane?
Absolutely. I mean, I kind of hate it when it happens to me sometimes, if I have the baby in front of me, because then I have no room to put down a tray or anything like that. But the seats barely go back. So yes, it is okay.
Tell us a joke.
Oh my god, I was just at a burlesque show the other night and the jokes the emcee was saying were so wrong, and that’s all I have in my head right now. But I can’t repeat them.
Holly Madison has just launched an eDiet called the Holly Madison Diet, geared toward pregnant women and new moms and designed to fit Madison’s food preferences and healthy lifestyle. The diet features recipes she handpicked to offer a balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats, plus her favorite workout regimens. Visit hollymadisondiet.com for more information.