Curly Sue actress Alisan Porter has overcome addiction and is poised to once again pour her heart out in front of America — this time, on The Voice.
“It’s amazing and every day I work hard to not go backwards and keep moving forwards, and I just feel very blessed to be here and be doing what I love,” the singer-actress tells PEOPLE about landing a spot on coach Christina Aguilera‘s team.
It’s a long time coming for Porter, who in 2014 revealed on her blog that she once struggled with alcoholism and had been sober for seven years. Now, after starting a family with husband Brian Autenrieth — the couple have two children, Mason and Aria — the 34-year-old mom is conditioning herself for the spotlight.
“The past 24 hours have been crazy-amazing,” she shares of her whirlwind experience since winning over judges and the audience on Monday’s Season 10 premiere. “I’ve had such an amazing outpouring of support. It’s been really incredible.”
Nearly a year and a half after releasing her latest solo album, Who We Are, the former child star says auditioning for the NBC’s hit singing competition led to a revelation about her enduring love for music: “I really still want to do this,” she says.
Still, doubts lingered. “I was nervous about putting myself back into something so public and going back into a career, especially since I have kids now and I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for three and a half years,” Porter shares.
All the questions have been left in the past, though. “I’ve just really enjoyed the process and it’s fueled the fire again within me,” she says.