TODAY | August 26, 2013
>> announcer: from nbc news, this is today's take with al roker , natalie morales , and willie geist . live from studio 1 -a in rockefeller plaza .
>>> welcome to today on this monday morning. it's august 26th , 2013 . a little overcast. cooling off here in new york city . i'm willie geist along with brooke shields . she is my special guest cohost this week. al will be back tomorrow. it's cool to have you here.
>> cool to be here.
>> we're bonded immediately.
>> we have the rainbow loom.
>> my daughters made them.
>> your daughters are 10 and 7.
>> yes, this is the 7-year-old because the 10 made for me and then she took it.
>> she took it back.
>> yeah. they do them constantly. there's double ones. i said what is it. she said it's a rainbow loom, mom.
>> me too. my daughter now, you can barely distinguish where the rainbow loom ends and her skin begins. i told her she looked like mr. t. she is like who is mr. t?
>> they're all doing it.
>> we spent most of our vacation on the rainbow loom.
>> it's actually sweet, too. we used to wear the rope bracelets in the summer. but it's sweet to watch them just play and actually play with things not electronic.
>> they're outside with the fine motor skills . it's good. we're happy to have you here on any day but especially day. it's a strange vma day that you can relate to on so many levels.
>> so you were miley's mother.
>> i was hannah montana 's mother. i don't approve.
>> i was going to say.
>> where did i go wrong.
>> you think to yourself last night, wow.
>> what have i done.
>> there you are with hannah. that's a long time ago.
>> a long time ago.
>> it feels like it.
>> i'm her dead mother, maybe that's the problem. maybe that's it.
>> they wrote you out a little too quickly.
>> they did. before the hair cut . they totally wrote me out. i just want to know who is advising her and why it's necessary. the whole finger thing and the hand and robin probably at that point was going i don't think this is a good idea. he also doesn't have to do it. he's got this hit song . he's nominated.
>> if you didn't see it last night. these are the vma awards . we're not going to show you the worst parts because a lot of kids haven't gone back to school yet.
>> my 7 -- our 7 -- we have a love child .
>> yes, we do.
>> my 7-year-old, my 10-year-old, they can't watch that.
>> i feel -- here's the thing, it's a bit desperate. are you trying to be gatheriga, but she has a genius behind all of it. it's not just display. it's different.
>> i think there's also -- i said this earlier, there's a big disney overcorrection which is to say that whether you're christina, britney spears , or miley cyrus , you have been this kid actor and with brooke shields on the show and you have to show them i'm grown up. this is my new brand.
>> we went to her concert with my daughters who were upset and met her when i was playing her mother and then we went to her miley cyrus concert. it was a very different vibe.
>> i'm sure.
>> she didn't have as much time to say hello to my kids and i saw my daughter's face. and she was like she is busy. she is tired and my daughter said mom i think she is very tired and very, very busy. but you could see her trying to hard to go against that.
>> she can try.
>> she can sing. she can sing beautifully. i felt like if she let that lead rather than her bottom lead.
>> and it was leading.
>> if you notice us looking down, we're looking at a photograph that we're not going to show you this morning.
>> and the tongue out. it's a little desperate.
>> trying so hard.
>> trying so, so hard.
>> and robin thicke has to be out there. he is 30 something.
>> he's got kids.
>> he's got a young kid.
>> is that the move right there.
>> and it's not necessary. i think that that's the -- that's the piece of the information.
>> if you want to watch the worst parts go online. we wanted to shield you and your children this morning.
>> she went for it. you have to give her credit. we're all talking about her and every station is talking about her -- not that there are any other stations at all.
>> i didn't -- my bad.
>> that's not cool at all. unless you think we're just old, there's a picture going around online, of will smith and his family, but we believe this is the moment they were watching the move we're describing but not showing you.
>> i think it's funny that i had a problem with i whip my hair back and forth.
>> that's too much.
>> but they're shocked.
>> they're stunned.
>> it's stunning.
>> so here's the question, is it worse than 1984 , madonna in the wedding dress at the vma's working over the floor a little bit? the kiss, madonna britney and britney with the snake?
>> when i was doing calvin klien ads and i was young there was controversy about that.
>> it's funny you should mention that.
>> oh, queue the clip.
>> we have that ready.
>> queue the brooke shields clip.
>> how old were you.
>> did you have your parents have any reservations about you doing that?
>> no, because it was not considered that risque and i was very naive. i wasn't reading into the dialogue the way other people read into it.
>> i didn't know that. i would say things like, well, nothing comes between me and my career or my mom or my dog. obviously not thinking that the spelling was different.
>> nothing between the jeans.
>> or the other word that they --
>> your life and career is so interesting. it ties into this miley cyrus thing because if you look at the films you did as a young girl and you were a girl, you took neat for nudity in those movies. you were hanging out at studio 54 when you were a teenager.
>> i don't know how i didn't become --
>> well, that's it. how did you come out the other end?
>> i think because i stayed in school. because i was -- i was kept pretty naive. i was in a bubble. i went to regular children schools. so i was never allowed to take off school and -- they wanted me to take a correspondence course and i didn't do that. we had a strong family. we didn't have social media . it wasn't as rampant. the access to our youth was not as bad as it is today.
>> because you were on -- you were total fast track in your career and all of a sudden you said i'm going to stop and go to princeton. i don't think most young kids on that path make that decision. some do, but most don't.
>> i didn't have control of my money. i wasn't given lumps of money. we would buy a house or a car and that was it and i lived with my mother in new york city . it was a very different environment living on the west coast to the east coast as far as entertainment is concerned. you're not consumed by it here. i had -- very few of my friends were from the entertainment business. and when i would go to studio 54 , i was there when they opened the doors and i was home in two hours.
>> come on. you weren't down in the basement.
>> no, the bag never got tossed around. i never saw the bag. there was supposed to be this candy being. i nev bag. i never saw it. i was a pet. they took care of me. i never went to where the room was until i was stalling in cabaret and that was my dressing room .
>> is that right?
>> that exact room was my dressing room .
>> was there any left over stuff there?
>> i looked everywhere. it has to be here.
>> left anything behind?
>> chiselling out a wall he signed.
>> when the moon and the spoon came out, you weren't there.
>> no, no moon, no spoon.
>> youngest age you went to pseudoo studio 54 .
>> had to be right after pretty baby . so it was 12.
>> 12 at studio 54 . but it was the thing. i'm so gangsta.
>> you are and if i ever say that again, please fire me.
>> stop doing that.
>> let's stop that.