How She Does It: Tiffani Thiessen
By Jennifer Conrad of The Daily WD / July 12, 2007 Source
You watched her grow up on TV: first as preppy cheerleader Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell, then as bad girl Valerie Malone on Beverly Hills, 90210 and most recently on What About Brian. Now, she wants you to know about a cause close to her heart: the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Tiffani first became involved when she was 17 and starring in Saved by the Bell, taking part in a wish by throwing a surprise birthday party for a young girl. Now, she works to help facilitate wishes and calls the work "the greatest moments of my life so far."
How can Woman's Day readers get involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation?
They have an amazing campaign called Destination Joy, which just launched. They're trying to get people to know more about Make-A-Wish. I've been a part of them for quite a few years now, and since they were founded in 1980, they've granted 148,000 wishes. It's really quite amazing when you think about how many kids and families they've touched. [Click here to find out how you can help by donating your time, talents or old goods—or by buying specially marked bags of Lay's chips.]
We've watched you on TV for years. What do you like to watch on TV?
My husband and I are huge fans of Planet Earth [on the Discovery Channel]. We bought the series and have been watching one episode, if not two, every night.
You've been married to actor Brady Smith for two years. Do you have any advice on keeping the romance alive?
Sometimes it's really hard with our schedules being so different, but we try to take a couple of vacations a year. Also, family is extremely important to both of us, so we take time out for my in-laws and my family. One of the things I enjoy doing most with him is hiking and running with our dogs. It's our time to be outside and bond for an hour.
Do you have any advice on keeping a healthy work/life balance?
Organization's the only way that I can keep myself sane! I'm a note person—I'm definitely a girl who writes down millions of lists a day, whether it's to-do or my grocery list. I have new phone lists every single day, and sad but true, I wouldn't be able to live without my BlackBerry. If I can read my e-mails throughout the day, it gives me time to be with my husband at night.
What's your desperation dinner?
I toss arugula, brown rice vinegar, marcona almonds (Spanish almonds) and shaved Parmesan. If I have it in the fridge, I'll slice up half an avocado in there, too. It's the greatest, cleanest salad. I could eat that all day long every day of my life.
What's the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?
Brush my teeth. That's probably the very last thing. And pet my dogs, give them some loving.