Hilaria Baldwin reveals what she finds 'tough' about parenting and why she was 'intimidated' about marrying Alec Baldwin

Hilaria Baldwin describes herself as "very open and outspoken," but there was a moment in her life when she temporarily lost that quality.

"I met Alec [Baldwin] and I got very intimidated by a world I hadn't been in before," Hilaria recently told AOL Entertainment. "It was very scary and invasive. I pulled back a bit, but then I learned to deal with things the way he deals with things. But that's not necessarily my personality, so then I said, 'I have my own relationship with the press,' and it was one of the best changes I've ever made in my life."

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"I feel like I'm back to being myself," she continued. "I'm more open again."

While speaking with us at the L.O.L Surprise! Pets launch at Toys"R"Us, Hilaria was completely at ease as daughter Carmen Gabriela, 4, squirmed in her lap, reached for the new toys ("She loves them!") and adorably chimed into our conversation with her own thoughts. It's clear that Carmen is a total ham, and her mother told us that she isn't the least bit surprised that her daughter is the way she is.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Hilaria Baldwin hosts the launch of the L.O.L. Surprise! Unboxing Video Booth and L.O.L. Surprise! Pets at Toys 'R' Us NYC on October 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for MGA Entertainment )
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Hilaria Baldwin and her daughter Carmen Baldwin host the launch of the L.O.L. Surprise! Unboxing Video Booth and L.O.L. Surprise! Pets at Toys 'R' Us NYC on October 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for MGA Entertainment )
EAST HAMPTON, NY - OCTOBER 05: Hilaria Baldwin and Violet Gaynor attend the Pre Opening Toast Poster Exhibition during Hamptons International Film Festival 2017 - Day One at Mulford Farm on October 5, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Hamptons International Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Hilaria Thomas Baldwin attends the National Geographic Encounter Blue Carpet VIP preview celebration on October 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Hilaria Thomas Baldwin and Alec Baldwin attend the National Geographic Encounter Blue Carpet VIP preview celebration on October 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Hilaria Baldwin attends the New York Philharmonic 106 All-Stars: Opening Gala at David Geffen Hall on September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin arrive at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Hilaria Baldwin arrives at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Alec Baldwin (L) and Hilaria Baldwin attend The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA Inaugural Emmy Nominees Night presented by American Airlines, Breguet, and Dacor at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on September 14, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for THR)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Hilaria Baldwin attends the 17th Annual USTA Foundation Opening Night Gala at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 12: Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend Author's Night 2017 to benefit the East Hampton Library on August 12, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/WireImage)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 11: Hilaria Baldwin attends the Guild Hall 2017 Summer Gala Celebrating AVEDON'S AMERICA at Guild Hall on August 11, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - JULY 29: Hilaria Baldwin attends The Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs series screening of Trophy on July 29, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for Hamptons International Film Festival)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - JULY 08: Actor Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend The Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs Series Screening of NOBODY SPEAK TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS at The Baker House on July 8, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Steven Henry/Getty Images for Hamptons International Film Festival)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Hilaria Baldwin is seen at Sunshine theater for the 'Blind' premiere on June 26, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin speak onstage during 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'Julius Caesar' opening night at Delacorte Theater on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Actor Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend the Hamptons International Film Festival 25th Anniversary Kick Off Event at 620 Loft & Garden on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Hamptons International Film Festival )
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Hilaria Baldwin attends the 2017 National Dance Institute Gala at PlayStation Theater on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend the Tisch School Gala 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Alec Baldwin, Leonardo Angel Charles Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin speak at the Dacor Modernist Collection Launch at Samsung 837 on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Dacor)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Hilaria Baldwin attends the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards & Benefit Dinner at The Rainbow Room on March 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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"Alec and I are both pretty gregarious," she said of her husband of five years. "We both talk a lot, and there's something about that that she has really taken on. She loves movies, and she loves watching things like her dad, so she's very, very like Alec in that way. She loves Shirley Temple and knows all of the words and hand movements."

"She loves performing," she said with a laugh.

But allowing Carmen -- as well as her two sons Rafael Thomas and Leonardo Angel -- to watch movies and TV and play on their iPads is something that Hilaria is extremely cognizant of. In 2017, finding a balance when it comes to children and technology is something that seemingly all parents have to navigate, and Hilaria admits that she finds it "tough."

"I grew up with no TV, and I never had a TV in my entire life until I met Alec," she told us. "When you marry someone who’s on TV -- then you start doing TV -- it was very strange for me. We don’t really watch TV at home. We have one TV in our apartment that’s in that one room that we never go into. They have iPads, though, and we’re very conscious of what they’re watching."

"They like to watch YouTube, but sometimes Mommy says you can’t watch something," she said, turning to Carmen.

"But I still watch it!" Carmen interjected.

"And then I catch her watching it," Hilaria said with a knowing eye roll. "She’s like, ‘Mommy! I’m learning how not to behave!’ It’s tough, but you have to embrace it instead of shelter them too much. Then you just need to be present to explain to them what’s good and what’s not good. I don’t pretend it’s not there because I realize if I do that, then they’ll go hide with it in other places."

Another way that the yoga and wellness expert makes sure that her children aren't spending too much of their times staring into screens is by taking them outside and encouraging them to be active.

"Anytime we can go outside, we do," Hilaria explained. "She takes dance and gymnastics. Rafa also loves dance. We're always trying to choose an active and fun activity."

Not only that, but she has also created an open dialogue with her children about eating healthily, while also making sure to make fun and kid-friendly.

"We also talk about eating vegetables, and you have to be really creative," she told us. "We put spinach and kale in 'chocolate' pancakes, and we also eat a lot of kale chips and have other special treats. She loves lollipops, but we talk about how we can't have it all the time."

"It's all about finding that balance," she said. And it seems as though Hilaria has most certainly found it.

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