Hollywood insider: TV host Renee Bargh
Host for Extra TV
How did you get into TV hosting?
I was looking to do something new after my dancing career and was doing TV commercials a lot and loved it. I wasn’t very good at acting but I felt really comfortable in front of the camera and talking to people, so my agents thought TV hosting may be a better fit. I landed a job as a co-host on a game show and the rest is history.
Your success in the States is something to be so proud of! Did you find it difficult to break into the US market?
I definitely was in the right place at the right time, because I started working at Extra the day I landed in LA. I came over a few months earlier for meetings and when I came back they tested me on an interview and gave me the job the next day!
Who have been your favourite celebs to interview?
The list is pretty long. I love Jen Aniston, George Clooney, Hugh Jackman and, of course the queen, Oprah.
Who is one celeb (dead or alive) you’re dying to interview?
I haven’t interviewed Beyoncé yet and I'm dying to. I’ve been close to her and just her presence alone is so captivating. I’m a huge fan so I’m sure I would get nervous for that one.
What’s something most people don’t realise about being an entertainment reporter?
It’s not that glamorous at times... There is often a lot of waiting around on set and eating on the run, but it is pretty darn fun!
How do you stay red carpet and camera ready at all times?
I definitely don’t! But I try. Thank goodness for an amazing hair and make-up team, but other than that I really try to eat right and drink tonnes of water and workout when I can.
What's it like being an Aussie in LA?
I love it. There is an amazing Aussie community in LA, so I really feel like I haven’t left the country at times. It’s a pretty easy transition to make although the beaches are nowhere near as nice and road rage is next level here.
Renee’s entertainment picks:
TV shows: Scandal, Call the Midwife and Orange is the New Black.
Musicians:. Drake, Ben Howard, Milky Chance, Big Sean, Ludovico Einaudi – I have pretty eclectic taste.
Movies: I loved Cinderella – it was so sweet. I’m excited about The Free State of Jones.
Books: Currently reading Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Girl Boss – ha!
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