Jenni Pulos — the goofy, indefatigably positive underling of über-demanding interior designer/house flipper/control freak Jeff Lewis on Bravo's "Flipping Out" — knows that "failure can be a great friend." But she learned that lesson the hard way when her marriage fell apart on national TV, her bestie boss accused her of unethical mixing of business and pleasure, and her dream career in show business never truly took off.
She hopes to save a few folks from following in her footsteps and offer a few pointers on navigating negativity the Pulos way with her new memoir-advice book, "Grin and Bear It: How to Be Happy No Matter What Reality Throws Your Way," which will be published by St. Martin's Press on March 11.
"It took me a long time to realize how lucky I was that things were so difficult for me. It was at that moment I knew I was highly qualified to write a book, a how-not-to book," she told Yahoo TV exclusively, adding that she is most proud of the chapter on pregnancy, becoming a mom at 40, and the arrival of her daughter, Alianna, in 2013. "Her birth proved to me there is no expiration date on miracles."
Despite becoming both a mom and an author within the last year, Pulos has no plans to leave "Flipping Out." In fact, she worked up until the day her water broke on germaphobe Lewis's hardwood kitchen floor at Gramercy. The journey is thoroughly covered in Season 7, which premieres this week. In honor of a lady and a series with personality to spare, Pulos answered our POPsessions questionnaire.
1. What was the first movie you saw? "Rocky."
2. What movie do you absolutely always stop and watch if you see it on cable? "Tootsie."
3. What movie makes you cry? "Project X."
4. Who is your TV crush now, and who was it when you were younger? SpongeBob Squarepants and Tom Bergeron. When I was young, I only had eyes for John Ritter as Jack Tripper.
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5. What movie or TV character would you hate to be trapped in an elevator with? Jeff Lewis.
6. If you were kidnapped, what movie/TV character would you call to save you? Jack Bauer from "24."
7. What's the guiltiest pleasure currently on your DVR? "The Bachelor."
8. What was your first concert? Michael Jackson, but he canceled due to throat issues; I even bought a sequin glove!
9. What is your go-to karaoke song? "Bust a Move," by Young MC and "Humpty Dance," by Digital Underground.
10. The Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles.
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11. What song did you use for your wedding first dance? "Yes I Can," by Tommy Shaw.
12. What song should they play at your funeral? "Happy," by Pharrell Williams.
13. Have you ever done a choreographed dance from a music video? "Thriller," by Michael Jackson, with my glove.
14. What book changed your life? The Bible.
15. What website do you visit when no one is watching? Diapers.com.
16. Who is the most random person you follow on Twitter? Amitabh Bachchan, vintage Bollywood.
17. What celebrity poster was on your wall as a kid/teen? Cyndi Lauper.
18. Which celeb made you starstruck when you met them? Jamie Lee Curtis.
19. Have you ever dressed as a celeb for Halloween? I dressed as a hot dog who dressed as Britney Spears.
20. What's your favorite quote from a movie, TV show, book, or song? "Love Never Fails," from 1 Corinthians 13:8.
21. What is the best birthday present you've ever received? My Pug Janet.
22. Juiciest celebrity memoir/biography you've read? "The Kid Stays in the Picture," by Robert Evans.
23. What is your favorite board game or game-night game? Charades, an oldie but a goodie.
24. What phone apps do you use the most? Shazam and Instagram.
25. What TV theme song can you sing on demand/know the words by heart? "Silver Spoons."
26. Did you ever buy into a trend/fad like an As Seen on TV product or planking in photos? I have bought several Bacon Waves [microwave bacon tray], Beanie Babies, the Big Mouth Billy Bass, and the Wacky WallWalker.
27. Is there a song currently that you can't get out of your head? "Get Lucky."
28. Is there a children's cartoon, film, or musical act that you can't wait to share with your child when they are old enough? I can't wait to show her "Toy Story" and "Sesame Street." We currently listen to my children's rap album "Old School Kids Beats."
29. If you could snap your fingers and be good enough to compete, what Olympic sport would you participate in? The luge because I know a lot about going downhill fast.
30. What movie/TV house do you wish you could live in? Any home Jeff Lewis has redone.
31. Which one would you like to remodel? The "Brady Bunch" home. I would make a nice suite for Alice.
32. Which celebrity/fictional character's wardrobe do you wish you could steal and why? I know many people say this, but Audrey Hepburn from "Breakfast at Tiffany's." It is timeless, classic, and beautiful.
33. Best TV mom or dad in your opinion? Tom Bradford [Dick Van Patten] from "Eight Is Enough."
34. Favorite talk-show or late-night host of all time? Johnny Carson.
35. What TV/movie animal/pet do you wish was your pet? Nemo.
36. You have a pretty crazy boss. Who do you think was the best TV boss? Worst one? Best was Judith Light as Angela Bower on "Who's the Boss?" and the worst would be John Slattery as Roger Sterling on "Mad Men."
37. What supernatural, fantasy, horror movie creature (e.g., "Twilight" vamps, zombie from "The Walking Dead") would you be most afraid to meet in a dark alley? What came out of Sigourney Weaver in "Alien" for obvious reasons.
38. Pick one book you wish you had authored. "Everybody Poops," by Taro Gomi.
39. What book are you most embarrassed that you haven't read? "The Power of Positive Thinking," by Norman Vincent Peale.
40. What reality TV contest show do you think you'd have the best chance at winning? "The Amazing Race." It's all about endurance.
"Flipping Out" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Bravo. Season 7 begins March 5.
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