Since landing her role on Desperate Housewives, Teri says her life has been turned upside down, but the important things in life have remained the same. "In a way, [life] hasn't changed. I still have the same friends," she says. "I just have more opportunities, and one of the greatest things is what you're able to give back."
Teri says she hopes that she's setting a positive example for her daughter, Emerson. "I hope to eat less burnt toast than my mother did, and I hope [Emerson] never eats any," she says.
When looking back on her life, Teri says she doesn't want people to remember her only as a victim of sexual abuse. "I want to be defined as what I am," she says, "which is a woman, a mother, an actress, a friend and a molestation survivor."