Kelly Preston is opening up about what makes her 17- year marriage to John Travolta tick, and why she chooses not to live in the vortex of Hollywood.
"We don’t really live in L.A.," Preston tells Extra. "We live in Florida. We’ve got our kids, do a lot of very normal things there. We ride golf carts, swim, rollerblade…We try to keep the family together as much as humanly possible."
The Jerry Maguire star admits to having quite the shopping obession. "I love Target! I’m telling you, they have so many great things," she gushes. "Kirstie Alley‘s one of my best friends and we’ve gone in there and walked out with two shopping carts a piece. It’s crazy. It’s bad."
Despite their low-key lifestyle in Florida, it’s no secret that Kelly’s still one half of a major Hollywood superstar couple. But the actress says when it comes to their careers, she and Travolta are on the same page.
"There’s no competition at all," she says. "I married one of the biggest movie stars in the world. To even think about that would be silly. I’m so proud of him. He’s the greatest."
So has their parents’ fame affected the couple’s kids, Ella and Jett? "They think it’s normal," Kelly says. "They’ve grown up on sets. They’ve traveled with us all over the world shooting different locations. They’re very much used to it."
Kelly says the acting bug has already bitten 8-year old daughter Ella. "Ella, Johnny and I just did a movie together that’ll be out next year called Old Dogs," she explains. "We shot with Robin Williams. Had the best time."
The actress says she’s not worried about her daughter being exposed to Hollywood’s negative influences because, "It’s all about choices. About instilling values…We don’t do drugs, I don’t drink. Johnny doesn’t really drink so she’s not around a lot of that, so I don’t think she’ll be as tempted to fall into that…She’s an amazing kid.
Preston, who is perhaps best known for her on-screen love scene in Jerry Maguire with good friend Tom Cruise, dishes on what it was like to shoot that scene.
"There’s always awkwardness!…But he’s a pro. I’m a pro. It was a completely closed set, very well written, shot fast," she reveals.
Kelly defends her friend’s infamous couch jumping stunt on Oprah, saying, "To be honest, I felt sad that I live in a society where we can’t show pure joy if you’re excited. He’s passionate, so he showed some unbridled emotion. Good for him. It was just spun out of control."
Extra‘s interview with Kelly Preston airs on Monday, May 12.