TODAY | May 14, 2013
>> an author called "the star attraction." how are you able to do all of this?
>> i don't know. i stay busy and love my job at days of our lives and love hosting "the biggest loser." i guess it's my fitness and love to stay active and writing a book was fun and ca ththarticcathartic. i love what you said going on a trip and something fun to read on a beach or plane and something to take your mind off everything at night before you go to sleep.
>> it's an escape.
>> and the character is sophie and some say i resemble the long-time character sammy, up for debate but i'll take it as a compliment. that's your character in " days of our lives ." how much of ali is sophie?
>> they always say write what you know. trying to write a novel from an actress perspective. i write scenes i really want to be in and based the character on me and my best friend is a publicist. i had a lot of inside sources, the red carpet things that happen and "tthe "today" show and things accurate and fun.
>> and the dirty stuff that goes on, how to keep stuff out of the press. keep the scoop from getting out.
>> why would you want to know that stuff?
>> that's insider stuff you have access to.
>> a little bit. snow knowing all sides of the business.
>> it was fun to show that side and she's really relatable. she's clutzy like i am and maybe does the wrong thing, has an arc in the story of finding herself and has to be humbled a little bit. there's a fun romance in there, too. something for everyone.
>> billy fox is this leading man described as a hollywood a-lister. when you write a book about inside hollywood, everybody assumes it's based on somebody.
>> they're right.
>> so fox is based on --
>> an a-lister. snow obviously i work with incredibly good looking guys. billy fox is a combination of the wonderful men i have the pleasure to work with on "the days of our lives ." i sort of saw the young brad pitt in him and that kind of character. i'm working on a second book and billy fox is in that one as well.
>> the story continues.
>> i was just at the supermarket and there at the checkout, shape magazine and your cover, my gosh!
>> you bought eight copies before talking about it?
>> yes. exactly. you had to be feeling pretty confident.
>> thank you.
>> this is your second cover, as i understand. you kept 30 pounds off, is that right?
>> you know, i have two kids, so i think it's more about that, like being the best you can be at any time in your life. i -- you know, i'm on tv all the time in " days of our lives " and "the biggest loser," not about getting ready for one photo shoot , about how i want to live my life and being as energetic you can.
>> and being a role model for my daughter. want to set a good example living a healthy lifestyle, being fit and active and having a healthy relationship with my body and with food. those are all things really important to me as a mom.
>> and your kids as well. the book is called "the star attraction." good to see you.