30 Questions With Shannon Tweed
It's hard not to fall in love with Shannon Tweed during an interview. Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she shot into the spotlight as a beauty pageant queen when she was just 20 years old. (She won talent competitions for her singing.) She's sweet, kind and has a laugh that makes you want to giggle along with her.
Today, the mom of two -- to son, Nicholas, and daughter, Sophie -- keeps busy acting, starring in her new reality TV series Shannon & Sophie on W Network and doing charity work (she supports World Vision, ChildFund, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Make-A-Wish).
In between takes of her new show and hanging with her hubby, Gene, we were able to nab Shannon for a little one-on-one time. Here's what we learned about this one-of-a-kind Wonderwoman.
Favourite item in your closet… A particular handbag.
Favourite item in each other's closet… I like Sophie’s dresses.
Something you think the other should get rid of… Sophie should get rid of cheap shoes.
Favourite food? Whatever my chef cooks. Chris Green cooks with no yeast, sugar, salt, gluten or bad fats and everything tastes great.
Pet Peeve? That I save everything.
Favourite Designer? That would be like picking air or water.
Favourite vacation spot? Italy.
Favourite famous Canadian? William Shatner.
What can't you leave home without? My phone.
Heels or flats? Sneakers.
Spanx or no spanx? NO SPANX EVER.
What have you learned from each other? I have learned how to be strong and soft from watching Sophie.
Favourite thing about Canada? Oxygen.
Favourite Canadian food? Poutine.
What did you want to be when you were 10 years old? A Sears catalog model.
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning. My hikes start at 7 a.m.
In your fridge right now, you would find…? Freshly cooked healthy food, Gene’s diet drinks(I don’t like soda), cut veggies and guacamole dip.
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
Salad, fries or half-and-half? I would eat salad but I like fries more.
If you had to eat one cuisine for the rest of your life, it would be? Mediterranean.
Best words of advice you’ve ever been given? "What other people think of you is none of your business and besides you’d be surprised how often they don’t think about you."
Did you have a nickname in school, and would you share it? Stretch or Pipi Longstockings.
Haircut you most regret? The one time I went short! I have such a huge head!
Fashion era you most admire? I always like "now" the best (except for low rise jeans -- a.k.a. muffin-top exposing -- mid-rise is perfect).
How many lipsticks are in your purse right now? Two or three.
What’s your favourite room in your home? Bedroom/closet.
Best book you’ve read in the past year? Brett Wilson’s Redefining Success and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive.
Favourite movie of all time? Sophie’s Choice.
What’s your favourite way to relax? Get out in nature and be quiet (preferably in Whistler).
Where is your favourite place in the world to travel? The west coast of North America/Canada (any of it, all of it!)
Celebrity crush? Tom Jones and George Clooney... I know!