Ricki Lake has always been an inspiration to me. When John Waters' movie "Hairspray" hit theaters in the late 80's, it was one of the first times I had ever watched a character I could relate to in the leading role, rise above the mean girls (and mean guys), advocate for equal rights, get the guy and sing and dance to her heart's content. That character, Tracy Turnblad, defied the stereotype of being a chubby adolescent by following her heart and rising above the ridicule. In the process she won the hearts of everyone who watched.
I realize this is just a fictional movie and Tracy Turnblad is a fictional character. But Ricki's performance (and subsequent real life persona) had made an indelible impact on my life at a time when I was an overweight, closeted adolescent struggling to find my way. This was just the beginning of a career that would prove her to be an advocate for so many issues in her public life and help millions of people take charge, live authentically and be who they want to be.
Ricki, like Jane, is so down to earth and relatable you almost feel as if you know her (at least I do). They both tell it like it is. From her groundbreaking and candid daytime talk show (she will launch a new talk show this year!!!), her own experiences with natural childbirth and watching her successful and inspiring run on Dancing With the Stars, she has provided in-depth access to her journey; a journey that has been great and sometimes challenging, but always inspiring and liberating.
I can't wait to hear what these two have to talk about. As always, Jane loves your questions and you know Ricki is probably one to answer anything you want to ask.