Empowerment Series: E!News Correspondent, Host of “The Rundown” and Contributor of the”DailyPop,” Erin Lim Rhodes Shares the Scoop with AW
Erin Lim Rhodes is a household name, not only beautiful, but she is also warm, personable, funny and so friendly! If you are lucky enough to be in her presence, you will sense her contagious energy.
AW had an opportunity to chat with the Host of E! News “The Rundown” to talk about motherhood, postpartum, juggling the roles of mother, wife, and entertainment news personality. Earlier this year, Erin had a one-on-one with Kim Kardashian. I asked about her interview with the mega-celebrity. The correspondent interviews the biggest names in the pop entertainment world. She has a gift for making people feel comfortable to the point you think you’re hangin’ with your bestie.
Congratulations! on your baby! Saylor is beautiful! Like millions of women, you are juggling being a mom, wife, and budding career! What has been your greatest challenge and reward in playing these multiple roles? My greatest challenge has been accepting that I cannot do it all and need to give myself grace. Acknowledging, that if I am focusing on one area then others will not have my full attention. I really love my career, family, daughter, and husband but I know how to focus my attention on one thing. It has been hard because I’d like to do it all and be superwoman! But if I keep moving at that pace, I will burn out. The greatest reward is waking up each day, feeling like it’s Christmas. I see my daughter smiling and in good health. She is joy personified, it is a gift to see her laugh and watch her grow.
Motherhood is made up of doing and being so many different things to different people. What has been the most surprising part for you? I did not expect this hormone thing! No one told me it would be this rollercoaster. Postpartum is crazy, as is, dealing with the significant decrease in hormones and experiencing the blues. I thought that I was fully avoiding the feelings but it is unavoidable. Undeniably, our bodies are going to go through a change, however, I didn’t expect it to feel like a ton of bricks. Being sad, and crying for no reason combined with breastfeeding, had no idea how difficult this would be. During pregnancy, having sensitivities or allergies related to diet then getting so hungry! I wanted to eat a cheeseburger but was unsure of how the baby would react. I referred to this as “Pregnancy princess and postpartum peasant.’ Not to say, I was down in the dumps all the time. I had the support of an amazing family and all the help, you could need. In the beginning, everything is about the pregnancy then you have the baby and you’re like “What about me?”
You are a mom and wife, as well as, a well-known correspondent for E! News. You interview some of the biggest celebrities in the world and deliver pop culture’s most exciting news. Who is Erin, the Correspondent, and professional? How is she different from the one at home? I take my job very seriously but at the same time, I’m a lighthearted, loving person who likes to joke all the time. Ambitious, passionate, and grateful to do what I do. I am me, at home and it’s where I get my sense of self. When I have my interviews, I receive the best compliments, “Best interview, ever! I felt like I was talking to a friend.” My entire life, I have wanted to work at E! I worked really hard and I’m lucky to be here. I hope to continue to do this as long as I live. I’m committed to the best job in the world!
Oftentimes, we see public figures on television and in films, read about them, and think we know who they are, making lots of assumptions. Part of me believes it is human nature to do so. Earlier this year, you interviewed one of the most famous women in the world, Kim Kardashian! People tend to make lots of assumptions about television personalities. What did you learn about her during your interview that was surprising? She is a true professional. Kim is also a down-to-earth human. If she says she is going to do the interview, she is on time and kind. She carries herself well and knows to handle the hard questions. I was very surprised to see how disarming, she was, it was like talking to a girlfriend. She was cool to talk about things, I loved that interview!
The world is a challenging place, right now. Everyone is dealing with so much. We are lucky to have distractions filled with good vibes and add light-hearted energy to our days, such as “The Rundown” and channels like E! Thank you for bringing us joy! So, what is next for you? Can you share any upcoming projects? I am on The Rundown, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Also, contribute to the Daily Pop. You can see me on all things E!
We like to end interviews with a piece of advice, mantra, or quote to help listeners feel inspired. For anyone who may feel they cannot have the career of their dreams while being a mom and wife, too. What advice would you share to help encourage them to go for it? You will be the mom that you are supposed to be. You are what your child needs and created to be in this position. Wake up, confidently knowing ” I am everything my child needs.” Career-wise, it may be late nights or early mornings and in between naps. Figure out what is your dream. How much will it cost you? Are you willing to pay the price? For me, I know how much it’s going to cost and will stop at nothing to get there. So, I think, you should ask yourself, “Where do I fill those gaps and breathe into my dreams and ambitions?”
Many of you may connect with Erin’s story, as I did. As women, expectations are high, and sometimes, the feeling that we are falling short or the guilt can take over. It is critical to remind ourselves that we are human, too. Bringing a life into the world is a responsibility of great magnitude. For centuries, women have been led to believe their bodies were made for childbearing but we have moved on to a modern world. The reality of the changes that take place during this beautiful miracle affects us not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
AW is grateful to Erin and her team for granting this interview. We hope you are inspired and encouraged to give yourself grace.
Visit Erin Lim Rhodes on Instagram @ErinLim and Twitter. Definitely, check her out each week, as she hosts The Rundown, or subscribe to E! for more of the latest entertainment news to see her in action!
You can watch the full interview with Erin on the AW YouTube channel or listen to the AW Confidential Podcast found on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Anchor, and everywhere you find your podcasts.
This interview has been condensed for clarity.*
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