Omg! Insider’s Thea Andrews is an entertainment reporter and mother to two children. She wakes up early in the day and makes it home in time to see her kids. However she admits it’s not easy and recently took time out of her busy schedule to chat to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her job, her family and her Halloween plans.
CBS: You are the co-anchor of omg! Insider. Tell us what a typical day looks like for you?
TA: We get an early start, so I’m up at 4:45 every day and on our morning news desk call at 5:15 am. After that we do our first editorial meeting with producers, line up the show, write it, do the whole hair and makeup thing, and start taping – all by 9:30 am! We need to feed the show early for the East coast. After that, unless I have interviews or shoots in the afternoon I’m done by 2-ish, and from there it’s mom time – pickup, after school activities, dinner, bath and bed. I try to be in bed by 9:30, although that’s been an ongoing challenge – I’m naturally a night owl.
CBS: You also worked for 3 years as an Entertainment Tonight correspondent. What are some of your favorite celebrities you met during your time there?
TA: There are certain A-listers who have an incredible talent for working an interview, and those are the ones you remember. George Clooney is probably the best in the business. He should run a seminar for other stars on how to be funny and gracious and cool in interviews. Sandra Bullock is up there too – hilarious and witty and self-deprecating, in the best way. It’s pretty hard to have a bad interview with Tom Cruise or Will Smith either – they’re so incredibly charismatic. They show up ready to play because they get it. When a star owns a piece of their own films, they start to become very smart about promoting it. Jennifer Lawrence is probably my favorite younger star – she actually reminds me a lot of Sandra Bullock in that she’s gorgeous and talented, but at the same time funny and down to earth; the spectacularly mesmerizing girl-next-door.
CBS: You’ve also covered many sporting events/shows. How did you become interested in sports related reporting? Did/do you play sports?
TA: I had done a show for TSN (the Canadian equivalent of ESPN), but when ESPN contacted me to do their morning show, I was covering entertainment. They wanted someone who had a background in sports, but could also handle the regular news, lifestyle, and pop culture segments of a morning show. Once I was on Cold Pizza, I ended up covering a lot of other sporting events and shows for ESPN and ABC sports.
CBS: You are the mother of two kids. What are their names and ages, and what do they like to do for fun? Do they get along well?
TA: Jack is 5 (or, as he would tell you, five AND A HALF), and Tuck is 2. They are amazing together. Tuck is pretty much obsessed with his older brother. I feel like it’s some sort of crazy testosterone wrestling show in my house 24/7, because they’re always zipping around and basically going nuts. They could run and jump on each other and roll around the floor yelling for hours and hours and never get tired – it’s kind of extraordinary, actually. I look at my girlfriends with daughters, and they’re always quietly coloring or something…they have no idea.
CBS: What’s your parenting style? Or do you change it depending on the child or situation?
TA: My husband and I are both pretty laid back – luckily my kids are generally well behaved, and I don’t sweat the small stuff.
CBS: How has motherhood changed you?
TA: I’m not sure I can think of a way it hasn’t changed me. Most importantly it changes the shape of your heart, because you love in a way that you had no idea was possible. Every single priority in your life shifts.
CBS: Do you struggle with balancing it all? How do you keep all the balls in the air?
TA: I do struggle. Women talk about “balance” like it’s a concrete thing they can obtain if they just try hard enough or get more organized or get a break at work or whatever, but I think that’s an illusion. Balance is really just a place in your mind when you finally accept that what you are doing is enough, and you allow yourself to be at peace with that.
CBS: What are your Halloween plans this year?
TA: Trick or treating with some very cute Clone Troopers and their friends!
CBS: Any other projects you’re working on?
TA: A LOT of Star Wars Lego. My 5-year old and I are building the galaxy, one small plastic block at a time.View Slideshow »»