As an anchor of CTV's eTalk, Danielle Graham spends her days around celebrities, but the biggest star in her life is one-year-old daughter Beatrix.
Parents Canada: Best thing about working on an entertainment show?
Daniel Graham: The fact that every day is different at eTalk, and you never know what the next interview or assignment could be.
PC: The celebrity you still want to interview?
DG: Bette Midler. Beaches is still my favourite movie of all time.
PC: Your thoughts on #askhermore?
DG: I feel like we at eTalk have always "asked more." Our focus is to ask smart and insightful questions. We are a show that regularly celebrates the achievements and accomplishments of women.
PC: Your latest binge-watch?
DG: The Night Of
PC: Date night for you looks like?
DG:We’re simple people. My husband and I love good food and great cocktails. I will always choose a taco spot or my favourite Italian restaurant. He’ll typically choose a steak house. And we’ll inevitably end up talking about Beatrix (and how she’s The G.O.A.T) and spend the night looking at pictures of her on our phones.
PC: The beauty product you can’t live without?
DG: Tinted Moisturizer. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder.
PC: Your morning drink/your evening drink?
DG: A.M.: Water, then coffee. P.M.: Wine then water.
PC: Favourite country to visit?
PC: People would be surprised to know that you?
DG: Can’t cartwheel. I’m an excellent parallel parker. I hate wind of any kind (fans, open windows, air vents). I had never seen Star Wars until I met my husband six years ago.
PC: What you wish someone had told you about motherhood?
DG: That breastfeeding can be really difficult and it’s not as “natural” as we’re led to believe. I had a very tough time with Beatrix. It was a painful experience for me both physically and emotionally.
PC: Words of wisdom for moms going back to work after baby?
DG:That the first day is the hardest, but it gets a little easier each day. And that holding your baby at the end of the day is the greatest feeling in the world.
PC: The parenting task your husband does better than you do?
DG: Definitely not dressing her! He’s really good an anticipating when she might barf. And catching it when she does. It’s a skill unique to Randall (a.k.a “The Barf Whisperer”).
PC: My must-have baby products?
DG: Cocoonababy Sleep Nest and Keekaroo Peanut Changer. The Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit was a game changer for sleeping through the night and I adore our Bugaboo Cameleon 3 stroller.
eTalk airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and the CTV Go App.
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, Winter 2017.