Who needs the Playboy Mansion? After leaving The Girls Next Door, Kendra Wilkinson – a.k.a. Hef's former gal pal – officially moved into her own place, scored a hot new fiancé (Philadelphia Eagles' Hank Baskett), and found her own hit reality vehicle, Kendra, which premiered to an audience of 2.6 million (E!'s highest debut since The Anna Nicole Show). Amidst the hectic schedule of shooting her show and planning her upcoming wedding, Wilkinson, 24, took the time to call up EW and chat about Jon and Kate, Joel McHale and her next project (hint: it's a baby!).–Kate Ward
How far along are you?
I [was] 12 weeks on Friday. So 12 weeks and a couple days.
Will the show follow your pregnancy?
Yeah. I'm okay with them following the pregnancy, but I'm a little nervous. I don't think it's going to be okay if they shoot after the pregnancy. I'm definitely going to spend some time with my baby. I don't need too many people around shining these bright lights and cameras and stuff. I don't want my baby being born into that. I want my baby being born into love with Hank and I.
So no cameras in the delivery room?
No. I mean, Hank's camera only.
Are you only looking to do the show up until the baby is born? Will you be taking a break?
I see this show as, yeah, it's a home video of us, but at the same time, I see it as a job. It's a fun thing, too. The show is very classy, the way [E!] does it. It's not some trashy show. And I definitely wouldn't put every single detail out there, like Jon and Kate. They put out every single detail of their kids. It just blows me away how much stuff they put out there of them. It's too much they put out. I know if we do end up filming with the baby, it's going to be very, very limited. It won't show as much as Jon & Kate.
But you're not closed off to doing a show after the baby is born?
No, that's my job. That's my life. That's my career. We have fun doing it because we love the people that are surrounding us doing it. And we trust them, you know?
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How did you react to the great ratings for the Kendra premiere?
It's just amazing, you know? All my job is to shoot the show, and tell everyone else to watch it. I wasn't expecting the ratings to be so big. It's a home video of me and Hank. I thought, are people really going to watch this? But when I heard the ratings, I was just blown out of my mind. I was like, “What?” And people are saying it's their favorite show now, and I'm like, that's so weird. It's like a home video to Hank and I. And we consider it being a documentary about all these memories that we have.
You're so young and you've already been on two hit reality shows, gotten engaged and gotten pregnant.
I live my life in the fast lane, and I love living it like that. And I feel like if I'm not moving too fast, I'm moving way too slow. That's what I've been saying to everybody lately. But, you know, everything's happening at a good time. I'm 24. It's a perfect age. It's not like I'm a teenager. I'm a grown woman now. I feel very ready for my life, and I feel like I've been ready. And I'm really excited about it. I stopped the partying a lot. I stopped it all. I don't even like partying anymore. I couldn't wait to take the next step, and here we are now, taking the next step. After the wedding, we're going to concentrate on the pregnancy, and have a baby. Our relationship will not go stale, let me tell you that.
Where are you living now?
I'm living in L.A. now. We have a house here in L.A. But we're planning our next move. We're going to be in Philly for a couple of months. It's not permanent or anything. It's a good hibernating time for me. Getting away from the craziness in L.A., and just being able to hibernate and relax. I'm going to have my baby out there. And then come back in a couple months and enjoy the baby with the family and friends. And come back either to San Diego or here in L.A.
Hopefully you'll be craving cheesesteaks when you're in Philly.
Oh, I do, girl, I do. But also, I'm having my baby where my brother was born and from where my roots are from. My whole family is from where I'm going to have the baby and where I'm going to live, so it's just a coincidence. It's so weird.
Your laugh has become so distinctive. Did you ever think you had such a distinctive laugh?
No, I never did. Not until TV. Because TV likes to pump my laugh up a lot. I never noticed it. I don't know. I just see it as a laugh. I see it as a good thing. I know people might get annoyed with my laugh, but I don't care. It's not going to stop me from laughing.
[The Soup's] Joel McHale loves it.
Oh, I know. I love Joel. He's so funny.