Picks and Pans Review: Denise Richards Why I'm Doing Reality TV

updated 05/26/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Denise Richards: It's Complicated, premiering on E! May 26, follows the 37-year-old actress as she goes about her career and family life with Sam, 4, and Lola, 2, her daughters with ex Charlie Sheen.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO DO THE SHOW? I just thought, "Gosh, I can't go anywhere but up from here," so I had nothing to lose. I've had every rotten thing you can imagine written and said about me, so I figured why not let people see who I really am?

WHY WOULD YOU INVOLVE YOUR DAUGHTERS IN A REALITY SHOW? I'm in a no-win situation. If I don't have the girls in it, people will think, "She's not the mom she says she is," and if they are—even for just a glimpse—I'm exploiting them. But they had to be a part of it. I'm a single mom.

DO YOU TALK ABOUT CHARLIE SHEEN IN THE SHOW? I don't say one negative word about Charlie. This show is also about me having a fresh start.

HOW ABOUT ALL THAT FUSS WHEN YOU WERE DATING RICHIE SAMBORA? I reference more the situation. I kind of have to because it's the elephant in the room.

WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT TO SEE? My mom [Joni] just passed away from cancer, so my dad moves in with me, and we're all still grieving. I'm trying to balance being a mom and working and dealing with being newly divorced. As dysfunctional as it may be, we're a real family that really loves each other.

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