Jillian returned to our screens earlier this month, training alongside Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince in the show where overweight contestants compete to win a cash prize by losing the highest amount of body weight.
The star left the show to spend time with her children, but was missed by audiences: 'I'd get at least 100 messages a day on Facebook or Twitter from people asking when I was coming back', she said, 'I felt a responsibility.'Jillian also revealed to in Touch how she was bullied as a child for being overweight: 'kids would make cow sounds at me in the hall and write mean things on my locker', and she is excited that The Biggest Loser is tackling childhood obesity this series.
I'm away from my family, so you'd better be prepared to work!
'Jillian's body has softened now that she has prioritised her kids, but she likes it: 'it makes me feel sexier!
He said, "No, I'm smiling because you look like a child." Most of the time when people see me on TV, I'm brash and very opinionated and irreverent and glib. TV Guide: On the first episode, when [judge] Dorothy Hamill praised you, why did you get so emotional? So a compliment coming from her pretty much floored me. All my friends know me as the girl who doesn't work out. It was like I had this secret I'd been keeping for years, that I really was an athlete. It was fun to have for a while, but I wouldn't want to be like that all the time. Barberie: I don't think men want women with careers for the most part. Unless they're rock stars or athletes or men who can get any woman they want. I want a guy who's, like, working and schlepping all day, not leading some sort of extravagant lifestyle.
Kids sort of force you to let go in all areas of your life.
Dorothy Hamill made her teary and how true love is hard to find.
TV Guide: Because you were a competitive skater as a kid in Canada, some people think you have an unfair advantage. Jillian Barberie: Well, I hung up my skates at 13 and I'm 39 now: You do the math.
Becoming a mother hasn't softened Jillian's approach to the show's contestants: 'if anything, it's made me more no-nonsense!
I won't let people get away with things I might have done before.
But by the time I was 13, I wanted to go to movies and hang out with my friends and go out with boys. TV Guide: But you're able to do lots of things jumps and spins the other stars can't even attempt.
Barberie: Yes, but that also sets me up because it leaves less room to improve.
And so the judges' expectations might be different than they are of other people. It would be nice to have someone in my life, but it's really hard in L. to meet people who get that you're a working woman and enjoy your career. They're all married or gay, that's what I always say.TV Guide: So after 26 ice-free years, how did it feel to be skating again? At one point I was out on the ice doing twirly-twirls and I thought [pro partner] John [Zimmerman] was laughing at me. I had, like, an eight-pack and my arms were really toned. I lost a lot of my boobs my boobs are real, contrary to popular belief and some men thought I looked too hard. TV Guide: You do a lot of live TV , and your on-camera persona is that you can't find a boyfriend despite being an attractive woman who likes dirty jokes and sports. TV Guide: Are they threatened by your career or your hours?