When it comes to all things entertainment, ET Canada has it covered. Host, Cheryl Hickey has been gracing us with her talent, style and beauty since the launch in fall 2005. ET Canada is part of the most watched entertainment news franchise in the world. I think it was set in stone or call it destiny that Cheryl would end up where she is today. At an early age, she developed a passion and love for television not only in front of the camera but behind the scenes as well. From producing shows, running the teleprompter and being a cameraman, she poured her heart and soul into every aspect of the job. Over the years she has brought us coverage’s on the Golden Globes, Oscars, Grammys and more. We have watched her grow and taken the journey with her, from her marriage in 2008 to husband Kevin Foley to the birth of their son Jaxson in 2009. Week after week she graces us with her infectious smile and down to earth charm.
Like Cheryl, I too grew up watching Entertainment Tonight. Since I was a child, ET has been a staple in my household. Each night after dinner I would be glued to the television, completely enthralled on watching Mary Hart interview celebrities and cover events. I was obsessed with entertainment news, style and fashion. I feel Cheryl shares the same qualities that Mary Hart (who left the show in 2011) brought to the show; charisma, compassion, truth, honesty and a genuine likability. There is nothing like turning on the TV and hearing ET Canada’s intro song and sitting back and watching Cheryl light up the screen.
I had the absolute pleasure on an early Thursday morning to sit down and chat with her about life, love, family and all things beauty. Cheryl has this way about her, making you feel so comfortable. I think that’s what I love most about her; the conversation never seems forced or scripted, more like talking with a girlfriend. She is funny, honest and such a genuine person. When it comes to Cheryl Hickey, home is definitely where the heart is……….
BB411~ When did you know you wanted to go into tv and become a host?
CH~Becoming a host, probably didn’t know that till around the year 2000. I dived into television when I was 17 years old, volunteering at a cable station. One summer my dad and I were trying to figure out what I was going to do, what I was interested in. A crawl came across the local television station that said looking for volunteers, so my dad drove me up there and we checked it out and thought that would be something good to keep me busy for the summer. I started running teleprompter there and thought it was very interesting. The energy that lived in that building at the cable station kind of sparked it all for me. I went through various jobs from producing to writing to cameraman doing all kinds of different kinds of things and admired each position and job for many different reasons.
BB411~ Any tell tale signs when you were younger that this would be your direction?
CH~ My Mom bought me a microphone when I was little, but I more thought I was going to be Whitney Houston than Barbara Walters back then.
BB411~ If you could be anything in the world other than a host what would it be? (Maybe you just answered that in the last question) Would it be a singer?
CH~ No cause I can’t sing. I think I would probably want to be a backup dancer for someone, I think that would be so much fun. Or a kindergarten teacher, I think I would be a really good kindergarten teacher. I always want to hug other people’s children.
BB411~ I could definitely see that, you seem like an amazing Mom
BB411~ What has it meant to you being a part of the ET Canada family?
CH~ Growing up I watched Mary Hart, after dinnertime we would sit down and watch the show. I always loved it! For me being on this show is a perfect blend of a dream coming true but I still get to stay home, have my friends that I have here and be close to my family. So I get the best of both worlds. I get to travel to LA, New York, Cannes and do all those glamorous fun things, but at the end of the day I get to come home to where the people who are most important to me are. Also its really great for Canada, it’s a great platform to show off our Canadian talent.
BB411~ What is your favorite interview that you have covered?
CH~ I have a lot of favorites (I do) I like George Clooney, I’m a little bit fond of him~ I don’t mind him at all. Casey Affleck is ridiculously funny, I really enjoyed interviewing him. I like Olivia Wilde, I think she is a brilliant woman and beautiful person. Paul Haggis is one of my favorites. I have a lot of favorites!
BB411~ I know recently you met and interviewed Oprah (which is obviously a dream of mine). What was it like, were you nervous?
CH~ Yes and she is also one of my favorites. It wasn’t surreal until I was driving back from doing the interview, then I realized how big it was. I had the flu, so earlier in the day I was just concentrating on getting up and getting make up on and making it to the interview. So I didn’t give myself the time to be nervous. She’s pretty great, Oprah’s good at listening and that’s the biggest part of doing an interview. I don’t always have questions prepared when I go in to do an interview because it should be a talk. When you talk to someone you don’t have all your questions prepared. You have to just ask some questions as you go along, listen and that takes you to where you need to go next. I think that’s the most effective way to get a real conversation going.
BB411~ One person that you haven’t met or interviewed that you would want to sit down and have lunch with?
CH~ I’m a huge, huge New Kids On The Block fan but have turned down every reason to do an interview with them because I think I will turn into a 12-year-old girl and I don’t want to ruin it for myself. So I’ve told everyone when they come to town I don’t want to interview them, I can’t! I was in love with Joey McIntyre so there is no way, I will FREAK out. So it’s on the bucket list! One day before this whole game is done for me I’ll have to do it, but I just don’t want to do it right now. The band that I interviewed recently (One Direction), as young as they are have that same kind of thing going on. It’s that same feeling that leaves you feeling good and happy, they were just fantastic
BB411~ There you go…They are your pre- interview before NKOTB
CH~ I can’t do New Kids, I don’t know when that’s ever going to happen. Someone at work said were just going to surprise you one day and their just going to come in the studio. But it will be a terrible interview, someone will have to be there with me to do it cause I will just sit there.
BB411~ How would you describe your style?
CH~ I dress how I feel, I admire different styles and love the Boho-chic stuff. I’ll go through stages where I like to dress like that and then I love the Audrey Hepburn classic look. It’s very wide, it depends how I’m feeling that day. Today I’m wearing red high heel shoes, boyfriend jeans and a sweater. It’s different every day.
BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and entertainment?
CH~ I think so. Truth be told, I was a bit of a tom boy in my teen years and then my style sort of changed. I remember being in my mom’s closet and trying on her clogs. My mom, even when I look back in pictures when we were born, always looked fantastic. So I think its watching different people in your life and always finding it a little interesting.
BB411~Who is your favorite designer right now?
CH~ I love Marchesa, I just do. I think it’s so gorgeous, it’s beautiful, creative and elegant. That would be a red carpet look that I love the most. Jeans I’m a Diesel girl love, love, love them. Oh an I LOVE Joe Fresh, let me say that. I get a lot of my sons stuff there (and Baby GAP too). For as fast as he grows its affordable and funky. I get him little fedoras, he loves to wear them.
BB411~ Favorite Color?
CH~ Periwinkle Blue and I love black, I just love black
BB411~ 3 Staple items you should have in your wardrobe at all times?
CH~ A good pair of skinny jeans/boyfriend jeans, a really nice white T that can go with anything and a great fitting blazer
BB411~ What is your secret to having such great hair? (And I love the braids you have been rocking lately)
CH~ For the past 4 months I have been doing my own hair. Just recently we signed up with a company called bob + paige. There going to come in twice a week because I want some inspiration from my hair stylist, to try what’s hot . But I still want to have the ability to do my own hair because I think every girl should do their own hair.
BB411~ What hair products do you love?
CH~ On the weekends it’s not about how I look and more about spending time with my family. In all honesty, I put olive oil in my hair and tie it with a twist and that’s it. That’s usually Saturday and Sunday. My poor husband. I try not to wash it every day and wash every other day. I don’t color my hair a lot, I color it about every 3 months. I actually love the look of quite a bit of root. I have dirty blonde/brown hair so it all goes together well. I don’t mind the grow out and with all the stuff I do to my hair there’s a lot of breakage.
BB411~ Actually other than Olive Oil, coconut oil works great as a hair mask
CH~ It does, However….. I did that early this past summer and went to a park with my son and I had BEES all over my head (laughs) I swore I would never do that again as I was completely swarmed with bees. A year ago if anyone saw a strange woman running through a park with her hands flailing, it was me. Coconut is definitely amazing, I use it on mine and my sons skin
BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?
CH~ I use Jane Iredale products, that’s what we use on the show and recently Jane showed us something called Beauty Cream. That stuff is amazing, it’s a tinted moisturizer with a little bit of spf. That’s all I use on my face now. You can apply it light or wear it heavier for tv. I Could not live with out it! I also use Jane Iredale bronzer and a product called Too Faced lip injection plumping lip gloss
BB411~ What is your secret to great skin on and off camera?
CH~ Thank you, actually it wasn’t always that way. When I was a kid I had keratosis pilaris on my cheeks and above one of my eyebrows. I always had a red face and kids would make fun of me. So growing up I was very self conscious and never wanted anyone touching my face. In my late twenties it started to go away. I get photofacials and oxygen facials from time to time to keep the pigment under control. I really use a lot of sunscreen and also Strivectin on my face. I just started SkinCeuticals; I’m using the serum, moisturizer and sunscreen
BB411~ Do you have any best kept beauty secrets that have been passed down to you from either your Mother or Grandmother?
CH~ Always drink lots of water and always take your makeup off. My mon doesn’t wear that much make at all, so I think less is more. I’m always afraid to do a smokey eye or put eyeliner on the bottom of my eye lash, I feel its going to be too much. I’m very much into a habit with makeup, I don’t experiment that much (maybe with lipstick). I want it to be a little bit enhanced on what’s naturally going on there. I don’t want it to be a mask
BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?
CH~ Yes, The Body Shop Strawberry Oil. They discontinued it 10 years ago and I have been trying to find it. It was my first perfume when I was 16 years old. I don’t really like perfume, it makes me feel a little nauseous. Right now I wear Calgon Hawaiian Ginger body mist. I’ve worn it since the Body Shop stopped their Strawberry oil (Laughs) and that’s all I wear.
BB411~ That’s it, I’m on a mission to find something similar for you or maybe there is a miracle and you can get it?
CH~ Yes, send out to your twitter followers and see if there is a way
BB411~ How do you stay fit?
CH~ I’m like every other woman, you get in to something and then you stop doing it then you get in to something and then you stop doing. I think that’s how most woman are. There are some that are consistent though. I will go to the gym for a month and then life gets busy and I’ll stop. From the gym, Windsor Pilates videos every once in a while to hot yoga classes/pilates. When I had my son I gained 65 pounds and I used kettle balls. After I had him I knew I had a few months before the Grammy’s were coming so I started doing kettle ball exercises with a trainer and that made me shed a lot of the weight. I also went gluten and dairy free which helped shed a lot.
BB411~ Top 3 songs to work out to (currently on your iPod)?
CH~ Anything by the black-eyed peas, I love Bruno Mars, For the slow down part Jason Mraz. Oh wait Rihanna is in there too!
BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?
CH~ You always feel your most beautiful when your feeling good on the inside. When everything in your universe is calm and happy. When that part of you is taken care of, we all look better (when you’re in that place). Beauty means confidence, being fresh and being yourself.
BB411~What charities are you involved in?
CH~ MS Society of Canada and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure
BB411~ What Inspires you?
CH~ My family, they are my heartbeat. My parents, my brother, my sister, my husband and most importantly my son.
BB411~How has having your son changed you?
CH~ Its made me a better person for sure. For many years it was all about me and working on my career and making sure I can provide for myself down the road. Meeting my husband was a big breath of fresh air. He is my best friend and someone who I can have a good time with and see the world. We got pregnant with our son and honestly it was the best thing that ever happened to us. He’s so much fun and he’s so silly. He reminds me not to take everything so seriously. He is the loviest, huggiest kid out there. Every day I feel really lucky that I have him.
BB411~ Favorite Quote?
CH~ Actually my mom and me make jokes all the time that we get quotes wrong. So you asking me to give you a quote is really quite funny because I would get it wrong “grass is always greener on the top of the hill” (both laugh). Honestly I can’t give a proper quote
BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you now know what would it be? ( A lesson learned or wisdom gained)
CH~ Stop Worrying. I’m working on that. I’m always anticipating what’s coming next; the what if’s, what if’s . I try to tell myself to not plan and just let it be.
BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?
CH~ I have a fear of horses. I love them and think their beautiful, but I use to ride and fell off once and haven’t riden one since.
BB411~ What are 3 words that best describe you?
CH~ HA HA you should ask my husband. I hope people would say trustworthy, loving and a good friend. I hope that’s what they would say
It truly was such a pleasure to be able to interview the beautiful and talented Cheryl Hickey. At the end, Cheryl left me with some last words… Watch out for the Bees! To find out more about Cheryl follow her on twitter or tune into ET Canada on Global at 7:30pm EST/PST
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