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Actress Demi Moore is expecting - in more ways than one.

Later this summer, she and her action-adventure lug/husband Bruce Willis will welcome a second bambino into their already crowded household (they have one daughter and a slew of tiny dogs). Around the same time comes the release of "The Butcher's Wife," a screwball romance co-starring Jeff Daniels, which many predict will cement Moore as one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading ladies.Already famous after roles in "St. Elmo's Fire" and "About Last Night," Moore hit the jackpot last summer with "Ghost," the biggest film of 1990. Earlier this year, she starred in and produced the hit art film "Mortal Thoughts."

Sassy, slightly ribald and blessed with the best hair in Hollywood (today, it's razor short), Moore talked about the real pronunciation of her weird first name, the mean-spirited press, and a bizarre vice that cleans as it pleasures.

Q. Let's talk about your name.

A. Demi?

Q. Right. Everyone pronounces it wrong. When you first started out, everyone pronounced it Dim-ee, like the priest in "The Exorcist."

A. (Laughs) Yeah. I know. My mother just kinda, amazingly, saw it somewhere, liked it, and named me that. In truth, my family calls me Dim-ee, but they're from the South. But I call myself Duh-me. (Giggles) That's the East Coast version.

Q. Were you disappointed that you weren't raked over the coals like the rest of Hollywood in the Julia Phillips book, "You'll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again"?

A. (Mock serious) I was so disappointed, yes. Actually, I . . . don't understand why people have to write such ugly things. But we're all raised in a society where negativity is the mainstay. We eat it for breakfast. Do you ever see a newspaper that has anything good to say on the front pages? No wonder we all think the world is coming to an end.

Q. How do you deal with all the tabloids, being married to Bruce Willis? Do you buy them and cackle when you read lies about yourself?

A. In the beginning, it expends you. Because where I come from - the South - people are just generally nice. You trust people, you are hospitable, you aren't afraid to help people out. That's my background. And it was shocking for me to be reminded that people take pleasure and make money off hurting other people. For the most part, it doesn't affect me. I don't read it, I tell people not to read it. The only time I am enraged is when they sneak up on my child in our back yard, or when they park outside my house. You can say, `Well, you've chosen this life.' But I didn't choose to have my child's life invaded. When they print my baby's face, they put her in jeopardy.

Q. Have they taken pictures of you lately?

A. Yes, on vacation with my big ole belly sticking out. But what can you do? You can never win.

Q. What's your best and worst review?

A. I don't read them. For the most part, I've been lucky.

Q. Except for your work in "Parasite," which was a real classic.

A. You live and you learn! I remember in the early days, being around my friends when we were doing "St. Elmo's Fire," and I would see them get so anxious about the reviews. But I felt, "Hey, I did the movie, and now it's gone." And then I read them on "Ghost." And there were a lot of bad reviews for that movie, especially for the writer, which shocked me.

Q. And then he won the Oscar.

A. Right. So there, critics! Boy, was I happy about that. What I realized is I didn't need their words or advice. Because I had my own opinions. But with the reviews for "Ghost," I thought they were so unfair. So I put them away. But I will admit every once in a while, I read a criticism and I would say, "Well, I can see where you're coming from."

Q. If you were born a hundred years ago, what would you have been?

A. A dirty farm girl with lots of cows! (Serious) No, it's hard to say. I have feelings that this was truly meant to be. This career choice beckoned to me for a long time, for no real good reason. I don't know what inspired it; nobody in my family was in show business.

Q. Who are your role models?

A. The women I look to today who I really admire are Goldie Hawn and Sally (Field) and Jessica (Lange), women who have ventured out and put themselves in risky situations, and who have taken control of their own careers.

Q. What do you think of Julia Roberts, your main competition for good roles?

A. She's very charming and really good. It's different for her. I've had a good year. She's had a great year. I have had one occasion to spend time with her, and it isn't always true that two women of the same profession who are as close as we can be in terms of parts cannot have a great time. We did.

Q. No cat fight?

A. No! There was no tension, and we didn't even talk about our careers.

Q. What was it like being married by Little Richard?

A. It's unfortunate that I'm not one of those people who would ever show their wedding video on national TV, 'cause we had one of the best weddings ever. He was a great touch . . .

Q. Is it true you have a thing for Q-Tips?

A. Oh yes. I have eargasms. And I know many people relate to this and love Q-Tips like I do. You get the right Q-Tip and stick it in there and (Demi becomes all a-flutter) it makes your eyes roll back. (Laughs) I'm speaking from experience, of course.