Renowned Entertainment Tonight host Julie Moran is helping women change their lives as the host of the new series Mission Makeover, which airs on the Lifetime network. Come April, Julie will also host the new daily talkshow The Balancing Act on Lifetime. The show helps viewers find balance in their lives and will feature a star every Friday during the Julie’s Hollywood Watch segment. Celebrity Baby Scoop is excited to be featured in one of the upcoming segments. Stay tuned!
Julie opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her two new shows, her daughters – Miaya, 13, and Makayla, 8, and how she herself finds balance in her life. She goes on to discuss the “Roses and Thorns” dinner-time conversations she has with her daughters and shares a story about a special gift exchange she recently had with Bruce Willis.
CBS: Tell us all about your new makeover series, Mission Makeover. What can we expect to see on the show? We hear it’s more than just a weight loss show. Please elaborate.
JM: Mission Makeover is similar to The Biggest Loser. However, we’re trying to make these women over from the inside out so when they leave the series after 26 weeks, their lives are completely changed. We’re giving them not just a trainer and a meal delivery system, but also a therapist, hormone testing, and a doctor. For the women, workout and weight loss is geared towards what they’re going through in their lives. We want them to have a healthier and happier life after this is all over. There are so many reasons why we overeat, and in this show we’re trying to get to the bottom of that. We’re airing the show in thirteen episodes, but we are giving the women 26 weeks to start on the journey of living a healthier life. That is our goal.
CBS: You will also be hosting the daily talk show, The Balancing Act, starting in April. What, in your opinion, are some of the highlights of this show? What will moms love about it?
JM: The Balancing Act could be the title of my life. I think so many women go through this balancing act of being a working mom sometimes, a mother sometimes, and a wife sometimes. In the show, we try to give solutions to women and men out there who are trying to find the right balance in their life. Every day the show is different. It is not a news show like The Today Show, because we are not giving you any news. We give you everyday local weather in your area, but we are trying to find solutions to your questions. Every show has a different topic, and The Balancing Act runs the gamut of topics. We are looking for solutions and trying to find the balance in our lives, which I think we all struggle with and we all try to juggle.
CBS: How are you finding the balance in life between family and career?
JM: A friend of mine, Maria Shriver, said something to me once that really resonated with me. She said, “Women can have it all, just not all at the same time.” I think somewhere in my life I used to think, “Oh, I can just do it all.” Maria’s statement really struck a chord with me, because it meant that I can have it all, but I can’t have it all at the same time. My husband and I have a date night every week, and when I am on that date night I don’t think about work and I try not to think about my children. When I am with my kids, I try not to think about work. When I am at work, I really try not to think about my home. Of course if there is an emergency I will, but I try to concentrate wherever I am. It seems to work for me.
I know that it might seem like I’m putting things into different compartments, but I’m just trying to concentrate where I am. For the hours that my kids are in school, I am either concentrating on something work-wise or my husband and I might sneak out to lunch or something like that. When the kids are home, I cut the phone off and I don’t answer emails after a certain time, unless there is an emergency. That is what I try to live by: give everyone your full attention when you can. It’s worked for me!
CBS: Tell us about the panel of experts on the show. How will they contribute on the show?
JM: The thing that is great about the show is that we gave the women someone to turn to in so many categories. They each have a trainer, which I think is important because the trainers check in with the women three or four times a week. The women have someone who they are accountable to. We chose women in the Miami area this year, and my friend Tony Horton, the creator of P90X and the Insanity workout, is also going down there to check in with them. He checks in on the women every other month, and he also works with them on the Tony Horton meal plan. They’re working with his chef and his thought process on what is healthy and how to eat healthy. I think that is very important.
We also went through ZRT Laboratory, which offers a great take-home hormone test that anyone in America can do at home and mail back. It is safe and you save so much money. I think a lot of women don’t find out about their hormone levels because it is an expensive process to do through doctors. We found ZRT Laboratory and it is just a simple saliva test and a prick-your-finger blood test. You send it back and they send you all of your hormone levels, such as your testosterone level, and you can find out if you are premenopausal or have a deficiency. This is a test anyone in America could do. Just search ZRT Laboratory in Google and you’ll come away with a lot of information. A lot of our women were having mood swings or they were tired. This test is inexpensive, as it is under $100. We thought it was a great way for the women to really find out what was going on inside their bodies.
We’re also bringing on a skincare line for them, and once they lose the weight they will get a shopping spree at Macy’s. I don’t want to give the name of the therapist out, but we also gave them someone they could go to with their problems and discuss why they are overeating, so they could get to the bottom of that. They have a team of people to turn to anytime they want. They have my cellphone number and my email, Tony Horton’s cellphone number and email, their doctor’s number, and therapist’s number. We really hope these women can make a big change in their lives by the end of the series.
CBS: The last time we chatted, you talked about taking a step back from your career for motherhood. Are you feeling ready to return now?
JM: I really am and I think this is the first step. My girls are now in third grade and seventh grade. They leave for school at 7:40 a.m. every day and my oldest daughter plays every sport every season. She gets home at like six o’clock. My days have really freed up. My little one is out at 3:40 p.m. and I coach her basketball team after school. I am still able to be involved in their lives, but of course I do have so much more time to devote during the day.
I love my work, I love what I do, and I’ve added a great segment on the show called Hollywood Watch. Every Friday we have a star on the show. Bruce Willis was our first guest on The Balancing Act, and I am going to a screening today of Beyoncé’s new animated film Epic that 21st Century Fox is putting out. The great thing is that every Friday on The Balancing Act I am going to bring you a star. It’s going to be called Julie’s Hollywood Watch. I live in the Hollywood/ Los Angeles area, and being able to bring a star to the show is fun for me. Bruce Willis was able to tell us about the balance he finds in his life, having four daughters, and how he does it all. That is what I am trying to bring to the show every week as well.
CBS: Tell us about your daughters Miaya and Makayla. How old are they now? What are they into?
JM: Miaya is thirteen-years-old and she is my athlete. She is also a singer, so she has a very diverse after-school activity schedule. She plays soccer for the California Extra Team she made and she also plays volleyball and runs track for her school. She is also one of three lead singers in a great band. They won a local competition and just opened for Maroon 5 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. It was so wild and inspiring to see your thirteen-year-old get up in front of five thousand people and open for Maroon 5. I was like, “Is this really happening? Is she really doing this?” Adam Levine graduated from her Brentwood school, so he put together this Battle of the Bands competition before his Los Angeles concert. Her band won it and opened for them just a few weeks ago. That was so exciting!
Makayla is my third-grader who is doing amazing in school. She is a great athlete and twice a week I coach her fantastic city basketball team of ten, seven, and eight-year-olds. We are 7-2, so we’re doing really well. It’s really fun for me. I was a basketball player and I think she got the basketball gene. She scored fourteen points in the last game and I was like, “Oh my gosh!” It is so fun to see her at eight-years-old really find a sport that she loves. She is also my tennis player. I’ve got these very diverse girls and I am so proud of them. They are doing really well in school and they’ve found their niches. I’m having a lot of fun with them.
CBS: You previously talked about having an eco-friendly household. How do you and your family plan to celebrate Earth Day? How are you teaching your daughters to be eco friendly?
JM: That’s a good question and it’s something I haven’t talked to the girls about yet. Every night we sit down for dinner and we have what we call “Roses and Thorns.” We talk about what their “Rose of the Day” and “Thorn of the Day” were. It’s really cool. We get into these really amazing discussions about what went well during the day and what was maybe a sticking point. I will definitely bring up the Earth Day discussion during our Roses and Thorns segment, as it is pretty appropriate. We’ll have to decide how to celebrate it this year. Thank you for reminding me!
You know, my daughters are really teaching me how to be eco-friendly. They come home from school with so many fantastic ideas. We’ve got a side little garden that they planted and we have recycling bins that they are so dedicated to. They also steered me away from using plastic in their snack. Instead we try to use recyclable containers. Likewise, we don’t use plastic water bottles anymore. They have water bottles that they wash, refill, and take every day. They actually come home from school with more ideas than me on ways to be eco-friendly. They will say, “Let’s not use paper bags anymore, I know they are recyclable, but there are these pretty cloth lunch boxes and snack boxes we can use.” It’s great, because I am a different generation and I learn from them.
CBS: What’s up next for you?
JM: I think just continuing to expand Julie’s Hollywood Watch. I really want to put tips out there from celebrities and share them with the Lifetime viewers. Something really cool happened in the Bruce Willis interview. I brought him a present, because he had given me a book called Your Child’s Self Esteem thirteen years ago when Miaya was born. I found the book and brought it to the interview. I also brought along a book called How Girls Thrive, because he just had a fourth little girl. In the interview I said to Bruce, “Remember this book, Your Child’s Self-Esteem?” He was like, “Oh my gosh! You still have that?!” I was like, “Yes! Look at the pages that I’ve turned down and how much I’ve used it. I want you to take this book, How Girls Thrive. You’ve got four girls now, and this book really meant something to me.”
So we exchanged books thirteen years apart. It was really cool, because he has a daughter now that is going to turn one-years-old, as well as these older daughters. I think that if I could do anything, it would be to bring these tips forward and also maybe talk to Beyoncé about being a mom and how she found her balance. To me, that would be a great thing to bring to light every Friday on The Balancing Act. I hope Hollywood Watch can be something that people look forward to.
Tune into Mission Makeover on Mondays at 7am ET/PT on the Lifetime network. Also, tune into The Balancing Act daily at 7am ET/PT on Lifetime.