As a committed mom to four school-aged kids (two from a previous marriage and two with current husband, actor David Charvet), Charvet, 41, has partnered with Brita and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to promote the Brita Bottle for Kids, a refillable container that filters tap water as kids drink from it. “My kids love it because it's a new gadget,” she says. “You're not spending a fortune on bottled water, and we're a water family, so I think that's an important message.”
The former Dancing champ talked to Parade.com about being a working mom, her dream DWTS contestant, and whether she’ll ever return for a second mirror-ball trophy.
On the difference between the ‘all-stars’ season and a regular season of DWTS.
"It's very intense. It's very competitive. There's nothing casual about it. It's still fun, and I hope no one loses sight of that because I think enjoying yourself and having fun are so important on a show like ours. But it is incredibly intense because everyone is so good."
On Bristol Palin’s elimination.
"It was more sad than surprising, but a season like the all-stars is so competitive. I'm so proud of her for what she's accomplished, and I really think she's a doll. I'm a Bristol fan, but I think America voted for the best dancers that night, and I think America is really rooting for the most qualified dancers this season."
On the inevitable drama.
"If there were 30 more minutes, we'd have a whole reality show going on in the skybox. It's a blast. The stuff that people never see are my favorite parts. It's the fear, the rehearsing up until the last second, the wardrobe malfunctions, the contestants' reactions to each other. It's the fear of how competitive it is when you're waiting to go and you just saw somebody do a nearly perfect dance. There's so much action on every show."
On her dream celebrity contestant.
"I'd love to see Suzanne Somers on Dancing With the Stars!"
On whether she’ll dance again.
"I'm glad I'm not competing against this cast. I'm happy where I am.