Melissa Gilbert Rooting for Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy on 'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars' (INTERVIEW)

"I DON'T HAVE A CHOICE!"
MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, KIRSTIE ALLEY
Former Dancing With the Stars contestant Melissa Gilbert is officially endorsing Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy on the show's current All-Stars season.

"Who do you think I’m rooting for?" she quipped to Celebuzz in a recent interview. "I really don’t have a choice. If I don’t root for Maks and Kirstie, both of them will come gunning for me. Maks is leaving the show -- someone’s got to win him that mirror ball, really!"

After hanging up her Dancing shoes, Gilbert -- who competed with Chmerkovskiy last season --began promoting The Medicine Abuse Project, connected to her work with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, which she became a spokesperson for a couple of years ago.

"Ultimately the goal is to keep half a million children from taking prescription drugs within the next five years,” she explained. “It’s a really daunting task ... Prescription drugs are I think in many ways more insidious than other drugs. They’re easier to get hooked on, easier to get and so many doctors over-prescribe them.”

The 48-year-old mother of two says that the Partnership's websiteis an invaluable guide for parents wanting to know how to talk to their children about drugs. She also advises parents to be completely honest, stay educated and be hyper-vigilant while tackling the subject.

"I think being completely frank and open is the best way. Teens especially are sneaky. In my house, [my son] Michael has virtually no privacy. If he’s particularly moody I immediately hack into his email and Facebook to see if there’s anything going on that I need to know about."

Work aside, Gilbert -- who wrote extensively about her battle with alcohol in her 2009 memoir A Prairie Tale -- is busy enjoying her personal life, which includes spending time in French with her sexy boyfriend, Thierry Gauchet.

"I’m living my life -- being with my kids, being with my fella when he comes to town," she gushed. "I’ve been to Paris four times this year. It’s interesting. I noticed [that] in France, women are allowed to age. I really like that. Women here are not allowed to age.

"When I’m in Paris, I can get the most extraordinary triple cream Brie anywhere. I gained back all the weight I lost from ‘Dancing with the Stars.'"

Written by Nicki Gostin

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