Holly Madison is full of surprises. We were talking about how she will host Saturday’s Great Santa Run for Opportunity Village, when she told me about her memoirs and plans to expand her family.
“I just finished a memoir this summer. So that will be out in May,” Madison said.
She wrote the book, because she wants to “set the record straight” about a host of issues.
“A lot of people will watch the different TV shows I’ve been on. They kind of have a notion of what life must have been like.
“But reality TV isn’t really reality,” Madison said. “I’m excited to get it out there.”
Those TV shows, as you know, were “The Girls Next Door” co-starring Hugh Hefner, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt, and “Holly’s World,” co-starring Josh Strickland, Angel Porrino and Laura Croft.
I asked Madison if she’s prepared for the after effects of putting out an “explosive” book.
“I hope it will be” explosive, she said. “I hope people like it.”
What revelation does she think readers will latch onto?
“I think people are always interested in the Playboy Mansion years. I think people are going to be really surprised about all the things I have to say,” she said.
Will people be surprised in a good way or a bad way?
“It depends on who you are,” she said and laughed. “It’s the real stuff, that’s what I’ll say. The good, the bad and the ugly.”
She has given some people a head’s up that they’ll be in the book, but not everybody.
“There’s a lot of people that I’m still close to, that know what’s going on. But there are some people in my life I don’t talk to for good reason. They obviously wouldn’t get a phone call. But everything in it is fair game, I feel.”
Then I asked Madison how many children she wants to have with her husband Pasquale Rotella, the master planner of Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival.
“We want a big family. But of course,” she said, “when you have a baby, it’s always harder than you think it’s going to be. So I don’t want to set a number.”
After Madison gave birth to Rainbow Aurora in March 2013, she was, like, “Yeah! I want to have six kids! This is so fun!”
“But then the toddler phase comes along, and it’s really exhausting,” Madison said.
“We’ll definitely try to have another one next year, but as far as after that, we’ll see. Probably at least three (ultimately). But we’ll see how it goes. We’ll see how this old bod holds up.”
I said I imagined parenting is a little easier with a nanny.
“It definitely makes things easier,” Madison said.
“But it definitely doesn’t get you off the hook. And you feel guilty when you’re not with the baby. So it’s always a balancing act.”
Family life is great, she said.
“Everything at home is awesome,” she said. “Ever since we moved into our new home, everything is just really peaceful and very zen at home. We really enjoy time with Rainbow.
“It’s nice to have that security and foundation.”
And let’s not forget this weekend’s Santa Run, which has become one of Las Vegas’ most endearing and internationally publicized events. This year’s grand marshals are the Chippendales. (Sign up at opportunityvillage.org.)
Madison won’t be running in the race.
“I’m not much of a worker-out-er at all. I’m more like a yoga-pilates lazy person. ‘The lazy woman’s workout,’ I call it.”
Madison wasn’t suggesting all yoga is lazy. To the contrary, she does the easiest forms of yoga, she said, as opposed to the brutal stuff.
“Sometimes I’ll get a yoga video on iTunes, and I’ll be pissed off because it’ll turn out to be vinyasa or all sun salutations, and it gets too aerobic for me, and I’m like, ‘This isn’t what I signed up for,’ ” she said and laughed in a self-effacing way.
She said she’s excited to see all the craziness of the charitable Santa Run.
“Show me your craziest costume. That’s what I want to see,” she said. “There are always half-naked Santas at runs, or (Santas wearing) one of those fake butts strapped to their bikes.”
Doug Elfman’s column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.