Kelly Preston has been on a roller coaster of emotions the past two years. After the loss of her and husband John Travolta‘s 16-year-old son Jett in January 2009, the family turned to Scientology to heal.
The actress, pictured on the latest cover of Health magazine holding 1-year-old son Benjamin, is openly talking about grief, motherhood and her family’s religion.
On healing after the loss of son Jett:
Kelly Preston says, “Johnny is definitely my rock. Kirstie (Alley) is one of my absolute best friends. My mom, my brother. And to be honest, the Scientology center. I don’t know if I would have made it through without it. We’ve been able to navigate through it and to come to a place that is a lot better.”
On having another child:
“We had been trying for quite a few years, and then of course there was a time when we weren’t, and then we started trying again. When I found out I was pregnant, I was floored. I’d snuck out of bed and then came back and woke Johnny up in bed. We both started crying. It was wonderful.”
I didn’t have any doubts. I love being pregnant. I love the closeness I feel when I’m carrying them. I love feeling them move inside me. My heart breaks for people who aren’t able to have kids. But I feel like there’s really hope for anyone.”
What kind of mom is kelly preston?
“Very hands-on. I absolutely adore my kids. Johnny and I love them up constantly. Ella’s like, “Mom, ugh! Thank god you had Ben because now he can take some of the kisses!” And Johnny sings to them—a lot of Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand.
I’ve always wanted to be a mother, ever since I was 11. I was an expert babysitter. I was doing commercials for thousands of dollars, but I’d still babysit for $3 an hour just because I loved it. I’m just in a good place, and am able to really be with my kids. It’s pretty amazing having a child at this age.”
On losing the baby weight:
“In Hollywood everybody loses the weight in about three or six weeks; it’s kind of insane. And I mean, if you have that type of body, then, all the power to you, it’s amazing that you can do that if it’s still healthy…
I didn’t feel [pressure], because I didn’t put it on myself. And I consciously didn’t want to go back to work right away. So I gave myself the break to lose it in a healthy, natural way.
Johnny and I have taken up tennis, and that’s really fun. He got the upper hand when I got pregnant, because I didn’t play. So he’s a little better than me, and he’ll love me for saying that! But we’re well matched.”
‘normal’ Life for kelly preston:
“I’ll be sitting there doing something really normal with the kids and then all of a sudden I hear, ‘Whoosh!’ and see the lights of the airplane and he’s like, ‘Honey, I’m home!’ Growing up, Johnny thought everybody would have a plane in their backyard. And he made that dream a reality.”
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