The Sister You WISH You Had: College Candy Talks to Giuliana Rancic
Growing up I was tormented by brothers who tore the heads off my Barbie Dolls and farted on my lap (note, my 30 year old brother still does this…yep.) I always wanted a sister to turn to for fashion, dating and fitness advice, and of course someone to gossip about celebs with. So even though I don’t know G, I like to think that if I had a sister, she would be a lot like her: fun, funny, someone who exudes confidence and cool while still maintaining a down to earth vibe (and a kick-ass fashion sense). Not to mention someone who helped influence my every-day vernacular to include sayings such as “could you die?!” Someone who would approve my outfits for homecoming and tell me when my hair looked more “you stuck your finger in a socket” and less like the “messy beach waves” look I was going for.
Giuliana is insightful but hysterical, smart but easy to talk to, not to mention famous (with over 2 million followers on Twitter), but still a very REAL chic (I’ve seen her out and about in Chicago and just like every 20/30 something chica, she’s a fan of the fro-yo, good Italian food and nights out with the girls). You’ve got to totes love the girl who is just as comfortable and engaging talking about her struggles getting pregnant as she is talking about the latest hair style the Biebs has been rocking.
And while from the comfort of our couches and computers, her life seems like that of a one-in-a-million fairytale, she didn’t get the job, man, life and body of her dreams by a fairy godmother saying “bippity-boppity-boop” (although wouldn’t that be nice). She is the proof-is-in-the-pudding success story that dreams paired alongside goals and hard work do in fact come true.
G is one hell of a go-getter, with a jam packed schedule and a cross country marriage, it’s amazing she has enough time to shower much less take some time to talk with us here at CollegeCandy, but alas, she did! (Talk to us, that is— as for the showering part… I’m not so sure. I mean REALLY how does she fit it all in?! My bet is on Dry Shampoo.)
CollegeCandy: We see you on TV every day so a lot of us feel like we know you, but what are five things people would be surprised to learn about you?
-I was born in Naples, Italy and did not move to America until I was seven years old.
-I am the youngest of three. I have one older brother and one older sister.
-I was a contestant in the Miss Maryland pageant, but sadly didn’t win.
-When I first moved to LA, I worked as a hostess at a popular restaurant on Sunset Blvd. while working my way up the TV hosting ladder.
-I am terrified of flying, but I have to do it all the time for work and to see my husband.
CC: It seems as though your wildest dreams have come true: you have the job of your dreams, man of your dreams, life of your dreams… what advice do you have for us college girls just starting to figure out who we really are and trying to get the life of our dreams?
GR: I would say that the most important thing a college aged girl can do is get an internship in the field that you are interested in and see if it’s right for you. If not, keep searching! When you’re young and just starting out, it is so important to show dedication and hard work. When I was working as an assistant when I first moved to Los Angeles, I made it a point to be the first person to arrive at the office, and the last person to leave. So many young people forget about the value of hard work and, let’s face it, almost everybody in the world has to start at the bottom and work their way to the top. Always have a positive attitude and work hard! It will set you apart from others who don’t show the same drive.
CC: How do you dream bigger from here? What is your new/next big dream?
GR: Right now I am just enjoying every moment and every opportunity that is coming my way. One of my biggest dreams was to host the Miss USA pageant and that dream finally came to fruition this year! I believe in the power of hard work and I am just excited to see what the future holds for me.
CC: Looking back, what advice would you give to your college aged-self now if you could?
GR: I would tell my college-aged self to remember that everything happens for a reason. I remember being kind of scared and anxious about what I was going to do with my life, but once I set goals and started working towards them, things began falling into place. It’s hard being young and on the verge of entering the “real world” so it is very important to always remember that you are in control of your own destiny.
CC: What energizes/excites you? Do you still get excited going on a red carpet interview or has that become routine for you? Do you ever get butterflies/nervous still?
GR: I love doing E!’s Live From The Red Carpet shows. Doing live television is such a rush and it’s just as exciting now as it was when I started at E! nine years ago. Of course, it has gotten easier with time and practice, but I still get butterflies every time.
CC: You’ve interviewed practically everyone– who was your best or favorite interview of all time?
GR: Several years ago I was working an Oscar after party for E! and I was interviewing Tom Hanks live. We were having a great, fun conversation and then all of the sudden Halle Berry shows up on the red carpet out of nowhere holding her Oscar that she had just won. I knew I had to get an interview with her because she had just won the Oscar! I didn’t want to ditch Tom Hanks so I invited Halle over to join my interview with Tom Hanks. I actually introduced two of the biggest Hollywood stars to each other and viewers got to see a very intimate moment on live TV. In the end what started out as an uncomfortable moment became one of my best to-date.
CC: If you could interview anyone (that you haven’t yet interviewed) who would it be? What would you ask?
GR: I would absolutely love to interview Celine Dion and ask her about her struggle to have children. She has had a long, tedious journey, but had great success in the end.
CC: Fill in the blank…what’s your favorite:
Snack? Kashi bars
Book? “I Do, Now What?” by Giuliana and Bill Rancic
TV show? – pretty much all reality TV
Jersey Shore cast member?- Tough decision, but I’d have to say JWOWW
Indulgence?- Dessert! I have a huge sweet tooth!
Sunday morning activity? Hanging out with my hubby
CC: You seem to have an incredibly successful relationship with Bill- what is the single best piece of advice you wish you would have known when you were in college when it comes to guys and dating?
GR: Don’t settle! There is always time to find Mr. Right. Bill and I didn’t get married until we were in our 30’s. It’s ok to wait to settle down and get married. I made it a point to focus on my career in my twenties and early thirties and I still ended up with the man of my dreams.
CC: Health and fitness are a huge passion of yours… What health or fitness change has made the biggest impact in your life?
GR: I really try to avoid processed foods and I have noticed that that has definitely made an impact on the way I feel on a daily basis. I try to eat foods with very few, simple ingredients. The less ingredients on the back label, the better! Ever since I started eating more naturally, I have found that I have way more energy and my workouts are a lot easier.
CC: So what is on your workout playlist these days?
GR: I have a variety of artists and songs that I love to work out to. Lady Gaga is always a good choice!
CC: Okay and last but certainly not least (and in my opinion, most important!) honestly, how many pairs of shoes do you own? AND- How do walk around in those ridiculously high (albeit amazingly gorge) heels all the time?(I always try, but I end up limping a quarter of the way through my day)
GR: I have no idea how many pairs of shoes I own – HUNDREDS! Heels are definitely my weakness! I have to say, walking in heels takes many years to master. Just like anything else, it gets easier with practice. Also, try to buy shoes that are comfortable when you try them on in the store! If they hurt when you first put them on at the department store, chances are you aren’t going to wear them at home.
For all things Giuliana Rancic, check her out daily on E! News live at 7/6 central, or E’s Fashion Police Fridays at 10:30/9:30 Central. For even more G in your life, the 4th season of Giluana & Bill debuts TONIGHT (July 18th) on Style- not be missed so set your DVRs! And of course, for a daily dose of the G-ster, subscribe to her fabulous daily newsletter, FabFitFun at www.fabfitfun.com.