Alison Sweeney recently covered both The Biggest Loser and Days of Our Lives with Boston Now.
BN: Do you think if you had had a show the Biggest Loser to watch while you were a teenager it would have helped you deal with your weight issues?
AS: That's a good question. When I was a teenager I didn't really know or talk about what was healthy. We are living in a bubble in California, where there are Whole Foods and Trader Joes and restaurants that serve super healthy meals everywhere, but if you travel the rest of the country, it's the way that it was for me as a teenager...
I used to think that pasta was a super healthy meal. I just didn't know any different. I fell for the whole low fat cookies routine - I'd have a whole box and think, "well, they're low fat."
That's what got me into so much trouble and that's why we are so lucky to have a show like Biggest Loser now, because it gives us not just the heartfelt stories of people who have gotten themselves into situations they don't know how to get out of, it gives us their successes in every show, and also it's giving people the tips they need to do it at home. Obviously not to the scale of the show, and not as quickly we do it on The Biggest Loser, but it's important.
BN: How has it been on Days of Our Lives since (new producer) Ed Scott came in?
AS: Oh my gosh, it's fantastic. We're so lucky. He's such an amazing producer. He has been around the block a time or two with Young and the Restless and he came in here with...I would say "guns blazing" but the truth is he came in with his orange sneakers blazing.
He made such an impression on the set from the moment he got here with his enthusiasm and his work ethic and his strive for perfection, and that's what I admire so much because that's my mentality. I can't give up on anything in my life and if I came to work thinking, "oh fine, it's just another day," I'd rather do something else.
He wants it to be right, he wants it to be good, he wants it to be perfect. He is someone you can look up to and someone you can work hard for.
Read the full interview with Sweeney now.