Country music and tv star Reba McEntire on what makes her smile, her favorite holiday movie (you might be surprised!), and why she has so much darned energy.

Reba McEntires new ABC Television series Malibu Country is all about new beginnings, something the Country Music Hall of Famer knows well. But her forays into musical theater, movies and television are less about ambition and more about the pursuit of flat-out fun.

I dont think I wanted to go into television to reinvent myself, says the Oklahoma-born ranchers daughter. I thought it would be fun. I didnt go to Broadway to reinvent myself: I watched Annie Get Your Gun and I said, Ive got to get on that stage.

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Reba credits the support of husband/manager Narvel Blackstock for much of the successand happinessshes experienced during her 37-year career (her tally so far: two Grammy Awards and seven gold and five platinum albums). With five grandchildren between them, the couples family life is almost as busy as their work life. Reba took a time-out from both to talk to Spry about holiday traditions (her first public performance was Away in a Manger as a first-grader, after all), what makes her happy, and more.

Spry:What are your holiday traditions?
Reba:Because our family is growing, with grandchildren, in-laws and all that, we do tend to bend to make everybody a part of our tradition, or we bend a little bit by going with theirs. But on Christmas Eve night, we always watch Chevy Chase in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. In the morning, we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and open presents. We also have a big dinner.

Spry:They say laughter is the best medicine. Are you funny in real life?
Reba:I think Im funny, but the things Im funny at are usually not meant to be funny. I say my line and everyone laughs, and I am looking around, like, That wasnt supposed to be funny. I dont know if it is my accent or my delivery. I have no idea.

Spry:When youre in a bad mood, what do you do to get out of it?
Reba:I think of people who are in harder situations than I amthat gives me a kick in the butt and makes me realize how fortunate I am.

Spry:With everything on your plate, how do you maintain your energy?
Reba:I try to stay healthythats the number-one thing. If you dont feel good, you dont want to do anything. I eat right, exercise and try to get 8 or 9 hours of sleep at night. My dad had triple bypass surgery in 1987, and hes diabetic. My mother has high cholesterol, so those are things I watch out for.

Spry:What do you do to stay active?
Reba:Ive always been an exercise person: I played basketball and ran track when I was in school. Now, when Im in a hotel room or anywhere else, I get on the floor and do Pilates.

Spry:Whats your secret to aging well?
Reba:Accept it and carry it proudly. In March, I will turn 58Im proud of that. Im proud that I can do the things I do physically and mentally.

Spry:What did you ask Santa for this year?
Reba: I love everything about my life right now. I just wish I had more time in the day. I love my job; I love my activities. My family is all doing very well, so I am a happy camper.
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