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Jennie Garth: ‘I Honestly Love’ Being a Stay At Home Mom

04/24/2010 at 06:00 PM ET
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Her turn on 90210 may have come to an end, but Jennie Garth says she’s happy for some much-earned downtime.

“I worked really hard for many years, and now my life is more about doing things that give back,” she tells Time Out New York Kids.

Those who stand the most to gain? The actress’ three daughters Luca Bella, 12, Lola Ray, 7, and Fiona Eve, 3½.

“I also want to be with my kids, to be around while they’re eating breakfast, to make them lunch; they’re my priority,” Garth, 38, explains.

“I’ve seen what you can get out of this business, and Hollywood is really just a big facade. I honestly love being at home with my kids.”

Husband Peter Facinelli, by contrast, is experiencing a career upswing with the Twilight film franchise and his role on Nurse Jackie but Garth says there is “no competition or jealousy” in their marriage of nine years.

“I’m happy doing what I’m doing,” she insists. “It’s so much more rewarding to be a mom than any acting I’ve ever done.”

Garth goes on to say that she’s equally thrilled with the taking on the role of “supportive wife” and that the state of her union with Facinelli is strong.

“We’re both really committed to staying together, raising our children together and growing old together,” she reveals.

As for whether or not the Facinelli Five will someday become the Facinelli Six, Garth remains non-committal.

“I love kids and big families, so you never know,” she adds.

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ang on

i love jennie & peter’s family-they are so content and sweet. was watching season 4 of tori&dean’s show here in Australia yesterday and 1 of the episodes goes behind the scenes on the new 90210 a bit, showing jennie running up to tori’s car when she arrives on the set and them chatting in the trailers etc jennie’s such a beautiful person =)

trinh on

i heart jennie!!!!

Luna on

I hope they have another baby, they’re kids are so cute and they both seem like really committed, loving parents. I love the Facinellis!

Rye on

Awww! I had no idea she was off the show! I just heard that Rob Estes quit the show too! Jeez!! Well, I am glad Jennie is getting to spend all her time with her girls. She sounds like it is what she loves doing the most! :)

I keep expecting to hear news that she is having another one soon…I just have a feeling she will in the near future.

jessicad on

They seem so grounded and I love that he’s getting so much attention from twilight. I avoided watching it for so long but now I’m hooked, he’s one of my favorite characters! I hope they have another baby, they are just too cute.

Amy on

Jennie looks adorable here!!! She sounds like such a down to earth celeb mom. I’m glad she is right where she wants to be in life right now : )

Adrienne on

Don’t you just want to be friends with her? She and her family seem to be the kind of people you want in your life… play dates, dinner parties. Great family!

redtexaswoman on

It would be cute to see her with a little boy.

robinepowell on

Jennie Garth is leaving the show because she wants to write a book, though to be honest, she wasn’t on that much this season anyway. ;)

Renee on

love Jennie! but actually she left 90210 because she didn’t like what they were doing to her character and the old show. If you have watched it and know the original you will know what I mean.Can’t say I blame her. It’s a shame.

Katie on

Jennie Garth is one of those women looking better every year. She looks much more beautiful than in her twenties… Natural beauty and apparently a great mom.

m-dot on

Love this couple. Sounds like such a sweet, devoted, and down to earth family. =)

cassie on

i love them they seem like a great family

Madi on

They remind me of a lot of the families we have in the midwest. They seem to support each other and their love for their family is very evident. A lot of celebrities could learn a lesson from them.

Michelle on

I know this is a petty, petty thing to say but I just want to add a bit of filler to her top lip. It is just a bit thin. Bugged me since the old 90210 days!

Petra on

She looks wonderful and seems to be a very good, caring mother. Her children are very lucky! Such a nice family!

sadie on

She is a fabulous role model! What a wonderful family! And such a yummy hubby! ;)

Kristy on

They are the cutest couple. They aren’t put out there so much which makes it even better so you don’t get sick of them haha. I love them both and they are such real people!

Jennifer on

I LOVE Jennie and her husband! They are so beautiful as a couple and their children are too adorable! I grew up watching her play Kelly Taylor and it’s so nice to see she’s nothing like her character, haha! And Dr. Cullen, WOW! Peter is perfect for that role and I just can’t take my eyes off him! Kudos to them for keeping it real and being such a “family” family in Hollywood – I know it’s not easy, but they do it with such grace! She never seems to age, and just gets prettier each year. YAY to them!

vicki on

Love Jennie and Peter…what a beautiful family.

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