“Dancing With the Stars” has marked a reunion for Chynna Phillips and Chaz Bono, who were thrown together as little kids due to their respective music super star parents. “Interestingly enough, my mom and Cher used to be buddies,” recalls Chynna, daughter of Mamas and the Papas’ Michelle Phillips and the late John Phillips. “I used to go over to Chaz’ house. I have vivid memories of running around with Chaz as kids. They had a huge, huge house. I remember being taken a little aback by how grand the home was. I remember Chaz always being kind and sweet,” she adds. “We’ve been catching up, for sure.”
Of course, socializing is a side issue of “DWTS” for the beautiful blond Wilson Phillips singing star. Chynna is making a declaration, via the competition, that she’s ready to turn her energies back to show business.
“I’ve been in Mommy mode the past 11 years, so to do this, I have had to literally retrain my mind. It’s been sippy cups and drop-offs, and now it’s arm extensions and arabesques. Oh, my gosh. This is not where my head is at,” she says with a laugh.
She also says, “I’m looking forward to resurrecing the Chynna Phillips brand, so to speak — singing, acting, maybe coming up with my own branding line of something in fashion.” She notes that she and her Wilson Phillips band mates, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, have been doing some one-off dates of late. Now she’s hoping they can put together a tour. (“DWTS” viewers will soon see her dancing to Wilson Phillips’ first No. 1 hit, “Hold On.”) Carnie and Wendy have been in the “DWTS” audience, cheering her on.
So has her family — husband William Baldwin, daughters Jameson and Brooke and son Vance. Plus Michelle Phillips, and, soon, sister Bijou, she says.
“I’m getting a ton of support from them. Billy is Mr. Mom, doing the pickups and dropoffs, schlepping the kids to Los Angeles so I can see them a few times a week — which has really been helpful,” says Chynna, who is based in scenic Santa Barbara, about 90 miles away. “They come on Friday and stay on the weekend, and I go up on Wednesdays. It’s challenging, but you have to look at the whole picture. It’s only 12 weeks.”
Chynna has another motive close to her heart in signing up for “DWTS.” She wants to draw attention the plight of some 30,000 orphanis in Tijuana, Mexico. “It’s super heartbreaking, how many are on the streets. And then there are the ones that are in orphanages that are like baby jails, literally with cells. They’re only let out an hour or two a day.” She’s working with the Los Angelitos orphanage, raising money for a new 60-room dorm there.