Tori Spelling says late father Aaron Spelling ‘kept her grounded’ despite being ‘born into a Hollywood family’


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Tori Spelling, daughter of famed producer Aaron Spelling, learned to stay grounded and humble with her dad.

Spelling, 48, opened up about her relationship with her father, who died in 2006, and her thoughts on her children getting into the entertainment industry in an interview with Fox News Digital.

Tori Spelling has credited the mentorship she received from her late father Aaron Spelling as keeping her grounded.
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“I was born into a Hollywood family, and I think my dad was as huge as he was as a producer — he was so grounded, so humble, and so kind,” the ‘Beverly Hills’ star said. 90210″ at Fox News Digital.

Aaron Spelling was responsible for classic hits such as “Melrose Place”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Mod Squad” and “Dynasty”.

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“He was my mentor. He was my dad, but my mentor in life and seeing how he treated people and how much he loved his fans and anybody,” she told Fox News Digital. “He never changed. I think that kind of transition came back to me. That’s what I saw. That’s what I learned. So I never change.”

“I was born into a Hollywood family, and I think my dad was as huge as he was as a producer — he was so grounded, so humble, and so kind.”

— Tori Spelling

“I’ve always been grounded and I really believe in it,” she continued. “And that’s something I really feel with my kids, you know, wanting to keep them grounded and humble. We always lead with kindness, I tell them.”

Tori Spelling shares five children with her husband Dean McDermott. She and McDermott met in 2005 while filming “Mind over Murder.” They were married to other people at the time, but got married in 2006.

Tori Spelling described her father as always "humble" and "kind."

Tori Spelling characterized her father as always “humble” and “kind”.
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As for supporting her children entering the Hollywood industry, Tori Spelling told Fox News Digital that she would “encourage” them to start acting if “they really wanted to.” She noted that today’s celebrity culture is different with the rise of social media, including TikTok.

“It’s a new kind of celebrity, and they have their own talents, their own backgrounds, and big companies. But, you know, it was different when I was growing up. If you wanted to be an actor, you didn’t want to just be famous, as if you had learned your trade.

“I found an agent, took acting classes and really worked on myself before I even got started, and I think that’s what I would encourage them if they really wanted to. It’s not about saying, ‘Hey, I want to be famous.’ or ‘Hey, I want to be a celebrity or an actor.’ You really have to go out there and prove that you’re motivated enough because it’s an industry that builds you to break you, there’s a lot of rejection, so you have to be prepared for that.

Tori Spelling also revealed that she would encourage her children to get into the entertainment industry "if they really wanted to."

Tori Spelling also revealed that she would encourage her children to get into the entertainment industry “if they really wanted to”.
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Tori Spelling’s acting career has landed her many roles, including a recent brand partnership with Hydroxycut. The star is preparing to hold a 90s-themed cardio workout sponsored by Hydroxycut on February 12 before Super Bowl LVI.

As for his plans for the big game? Tori Spelling says she will make traditional appetizers but with a healthy twist.

“I like to take meals, dishes and recipes and make them my own,” she told Fox News Digital. “So that’s a fun challenge for me. Like, how do I make nachos that make them a little healthier, get them into a calorie count for my day?”


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