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Golden Girl Chelsea Kane is showin' 2017 who's boss Words by Vanessa Pascale Photographer: Mario Barberio Makeup Artist: Mandy O'Hanlon Hair Stylist: Christopher Corum Wardrobe Stylist: Madison Dixon Hello!" Chelsea Kane cheerfully chirps when I tell her I'm recording our conversation. We are in the living room of the beautiful blonde, brown-eyed actress' hotel suite in The London NYC. Even though spring officially sprung yesterday, it's still chilly in Manhattan, so she has paired a black, long-sleeved turtleneck with a sleeveless, charcoal-white-grey dress, and dark, thigh-high socks. Chelsea is all smiles and sunshine –which I'm sure is her nature— but also because she's having one of those can-life-get-any- better? years —and we're only four months into 2017. Baby Daddy, the show on which Chelsea plays Riley Perrin, is currently in its sixth season, recently celebrated their 100th episode, and won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy in January. "It's been the best season as far as, I guess, memorable moments…a lot of really special milestones in recent months." She takes a sip from the mug she clasps with both hands and smiles. So, what's it like to be part of a show that has gone on this long? "It's such an elite club to be a part of, hitting 100 episodes. When I found out that was happening this year, I kinda was Googling shows that have come before us and it is absolutely amazing. It's very surreal 'cause it seems like the last five years flew by. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to spend my 20s with." To commemorate their 100th episode, Baby Daddy's cast got matching tattoos of the safety pin from the series' logo – an idea introduced by Jean-Luc Bilodeau, who plays Ben Wheeler, and executive producer Heidi Clements. "There are a lot of beautiful tattooed people on our set. I was a little nervous. This is my first tattoo that you could see," she laughs, "so, I was a little more reserved and kinda panicked about it all coming together. But we did it. And I love them, I carry them with me all the time anyway, so I might as well have something to show for it." Chelsea placed hers on her hip to avoid extra hours spent in the hair and makeup chair —two hours is already long enough for her. "Tahj [Mowry, who plays Tucker Dobbs] spends as much time as I do in the makeup chair 'cause he has sleeves, so he's getting his airbrushed every morning," she comments on her costar's tattoos. This season, Riley is pregnant with hulking, hot, hockey player Danny Wheeler's (played by Derek Theler) baby. A fun experience, Chelsea loved playing pregnant and sporting her weighted bellies. "I could tell actors working on other shows and different crews were looking at me like: Is she? Like, that awkward: Do I say congratulations or not? It was funny walking around with a glass of wine and pregnancy belly." She laughs. Since Riley is a badass lawyer, they made sure to touch on concerns pregnant career women sometimes have, like the fear of being overlooked for a promotion because of maternity leave and fear of becoming a new mother, which Chelsea appreciated. "Riley is terrified she's going to screw this kid up, which personally I can relate to. I think the idea of being a mom is such a huge, terrifying responsibility." At the end of the season, viewers get to meet Diley's (the cute couple's name) baby. Chelsea experienced a flood of emotions and some real tears holding the week-old baby. "It was so beautiful and delicate and very overwhelming," she says with a smile. Since they weren't sure whether Baby Daddy was returning for a seventh season, they wrapped everything up, just in case. "As someone who has played this character for five years and given so much of myself to Riley, and the fans who have stuck with us for so long, we wanted to make sure that we didn't leave anything open-ended, 'cause that's just so painful." Over their five years together, the cast has become incredibly tight. Chelsea had heard horror stories, as she was growing up in theater, about how cutthroat show business

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