CBS's "The Talk" premieres this Monday, featuring six amazing stars examining topical events and contemporary issues through the lens of motherhood. We're exclusively behind the scenes with Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur!
"I love the idea of going live. It terrifies me and electrifies me at the same time," says former "21 Jump Street" star Holly. "I feel like the 'flying without a net' thing raises the level of energy, but I'm scared -- a little bit."
"My heart is pounding, but pounding less and less each time, so hopefully by Monday it's going to be a good nervous energy," says Julie, of "Big Brother" and "The Early Show" fame.
"I'm not scared at all," says Marissa, who cut her teeth on Broadway in Hairspray and on the "Dancing with the Stars" dance floor. "I'm really excited. I want to get started. I'm like, 'Let's go with it. I want to bring joy, I want to bring energy, let's go!'"
The new daily daytime talk show finds the six mothers challenging each other on issues and events in the headlines and their own homes. After days of rehearsal episodes, Julie says, "Monday is a special show because it's the first one, and it should be unique from all the others. I believe [on] Monday's show you should probably learn a little bit about us."
For example? "Sara's very shy, which is so ironic, because this show is Sara's idea," says Julie about what she's learned about her new friends. "[Leah] is loyal beyond belief and a girl's girl."
Sara -- best known for her work on "Roseanne" -- adds of Leah, "She's so warm and supportive, and anytime you feel like you need someone to help you see things clearly, she's such a good friend." Of Julie, Sara says, "you'd think [she] would be more like me -- more reserved about, you know, getting used to revealing things -- [but she] is actually more of an open book and eager to share herself in a way that I think is really going to be exciting for people."
Leah calls Julie, "Cool and funny and self-deprecating," while she calls Marissa "a gossipy, fantastic, delicious specimen of a person." The former "King of Queens" star adds that she'd like to embellish "The Talk" set with a few more personal touches: "I want to warm it up with some family photos of our kids," she says.
So, of the "Talk" group, who has the best celebrity dirt? Marissa and Holly think it's Sharon, hands-down. "She doesn't share it all the time, but I think she has the best gossip ever," says Holly.
"I love a good gossip," acknowledges Sharon with a sly smile. "And I always tell people when they say, 'Now don't tell anyone,' I go, 'Well, then don't tell me.' And they tell you anyway. It's like, 'Hey, I'll tell everybody!' And they go, 'No you won't.' … Yes I will."
Of the rehearsal shows the women have had so far, Sara shares, "I think they're really exciting. We're finding our way. We're seeing what works, what doesn't work, and it's been really helpful to have this time -- but I feel like overall we're thrilled with what we're bringing to people."
Sharon adds, "I'm just interested to see what the public thinks of us."
And dispelling any air of celebrity privilege about the tight-knit group and what makes them relatable, Holly points out, "We all have issues. I think people tend to think of us as perhaps we're some sort of privileged group. We're self-made women, we've all worked out butts off to get where we are, we're moms, we're sisters."
"The Talk" airs weekdays on CBS beginning Monday, October 18. Check local listings for airtimes.