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?
If you spent the majority of your childhood in the '90s (or perhaps were a parent forced to endure Nickelodeon sitcoms), Clarissa Darling and Sabrina Spellman helped to navigate you through the perils of growing up. Now a mother of three herself, Melissa Joan Hart has joined forces with "Heroes" star Greg Grunberg as a co-owner of Yowza!!, a mobile coupon app she says she "can't live without." Her latest show "Melissa & Joey" has been nominated for a 2013 People's Choice Award, so we figured it was about time to get to the bottom of what it is about Melissa Joan Hart that's just so darn relatable.
As an actress, a mom and a business owner, do you believe -- and be honest! -- that women can have it all?
I don’t think you can do it all perfectly. You can't be the CEO and the PTA mom, you can't, or at least I don't believe you can do it all and do it well. You have to make sacrifices all the time: store-made cupcakes, missing the occasional family Christmas party. It's exhausting and you need a lot of stamina. You have to have a really good calendar!
How do you feel about the paparazzi taking pictures of your family? How do you explain it to your kids?
Since we've escaped to Connecticut there hasn’t been a lot of that. My kids want to know why I am recognized. One time my son asked, "Why does everyone love you?" I feel very loved and very lucky.
You got a lot of backlash for expressing your political views on Twitter. Would you do it again? You had to have sort of expected it, right?
I knew because I've said things online before and I've gotten negative reactions. I didn’t realize it would be such hate, but I'm not going to shy away from my views. At the end of the day it's my choice, my prerogative, and it's my vote.
What's the dumbest thing you've read about yourself?
There is something out there about my ability to recite pi up to like, 40 numbers. I'm positive they are confusing me with someone else.
If you could give advice to a younger version of yourself, what would it be?
Don’t overthink it, don’t worry about the little stuff, it's all going to be fine. From heartbreaks, to jobs, there is no need to panic.
What's one New Year's resolution you never seem to keep?
Last year my resolution was to cook more. I didn’t keep it.
What TV shows are always on your DVR?
"Friends," "How I Met Your Mother," and "House."
When do you lose your temper?
When my son won’t eat his food.
Have you ever stolen anything?
Yes, a mini trinket from the Eiffel Tower.
Dare to confess how old you were?
I was 18.
Do you have any tattoos?
Yes I have two! A stingray on my foot and a cross on my neck.
What’s one question you always get asked in interviews?
"How did you end up so normal?"