Chatting with Catt
The E! beauty talks style icons, family time, and her fabulous job
She’s a fearless pro as she interviews Hollywood’s hottest stars (and abs, cue Mr. Gosling…) on the red carpet, travels to amazing locations like Paris and London to deliver us the latest news, and raises two adorable and über-talented boys when she gets a second to breathe.
Catt Sadler has been one of our favorite fashionistas for a long time now, and in between her return from London and her prep for NYFW where she will host a panel with Simply Stylist and Marie Claire to discuss the season’s latest trends, we were lucky enough to catch up and chat all things girly!
You always look flawless on E! and on the red carpet. Who is your style inspiration?
Often it’s confidence, grace, and a certain aura about a celebrity that will inspire me before the clothes do. It’s often how the stars wear the clothes that stands out the very most to me. When Angelina Jolie rocks a red carpet, she commands our attention with her perfect posture and piercing eyes. I find that incredibly hot. But after that, I tend to be influenced by celebrities who take a bit of a risk and have a sophisticated edge to them stylistically. Heidi Klum, Rooney Mara, January Jones, and Penelope Cruz are some of my absolute favorites. When I step out on the weekends or to dinner, however, it’s Kate Moss all day long.
What was your biggest red carpet faux pas?
I borrowed a designer dress once that had already been altered for another person. The length was off, it was too short really, but I thought with the right heel I could make it work. When I saw the red carpet photos later, I knew immediately I should have listened to my gut. Ruined the whole look. Lesson Number One: If you’re hesitating at all — don’t do it.
You’ve interviewed some of Hollywood’s finest. Anyone who you’ve been starstruck by?
Um, Meryl Streep. I mean…royalty. Ryan Gosling left me speechless as well. Duh!
What are your secrets to getting camera ready for the industry’s biggest nights?
MAC strobe cream works wonders for me. By the time I head to evening events, chances are I’ve already had makeup on for hours. I wet a Beauty Blender sponge, blot it in strobe cream and foundation, lightly dab all over my face, and I’m like new. To me, it’s important to show up looking like yourself. Less is more.
One of your job perks is getting dressed up in designer clothes every day, is there an outfit that stands above the rest?
Maybe not one outfit in particular, but I find myself wearing a lot of Sachin and Babi lately. The bold colors, interesting textures and often form fitting silhouettes work extremely well for TV and beyond.
You clearly have an amazing body. Any secrets to staying healthy with your hectic schedule?
Moderation is key. For me, I tend to eat right during the workweek, and splurge a little more on the weekends when I’m with my kids at their various sporting obligations! I mean, who can pass up a burger and chips and the occasional Slurpee?! Generally, my other rule is not to waste calories on beverages. I drink water mostly and limit carbs when I can; they seem to work against me. Overall, I’m not that fussy, but processed, fake food doesn’t do it for me.
Family seems to be a huge theme in your life. What’s your favorite way to spend time with your boys?
My two boys are my true loves. They’re at such fun ages, 7 and 11, and we’re always having a good laugh together. Some of my favorite moments are reading in bed with them at night. We even do family sing-alongs before bedtime. I also truly enjoy supporting them in whatever it is they’re passionate about. Arion is my little slugger who started pitching competitively this summer. You look out at the mound and see your little baby winding up his fastball – I mean – it’s nuts! My oldest son, Austin, is a budding filmmaker. We’ve spent half the summer developing his latest movie script and scheduling friends and family to come be in his film. It is such a privilege and honor to be their mom.
What item in your closet gets the most wear?
My Balenciaga charcoal gray leather moto jacket.
What goes into picking out your outfits every day on camera? Do you go through a lot of looks, or typically know what you want to wear right away?
My stylist, Amelian Kashiro, brings about four to six “looks” into my dressing room each day. So much of my decision depends on how I’m feeling that particular day. I’ll see it on the hanger and it’s a no brainer, it just speaks to me. Other days, what looks average on the hanger comes to life once I try it on. Amelian is fantastic about adjusting the hem, or adding a belt. Her magic touches make all of the difference!
You seem to travel a lot, and your husband is British. Any favorite places you’ve visited?
London has become my second home in recent years. My husband was born and raised there, my in-laws live there, and E! News has sent me there to cover the royal wedding and the Olympics! Some people accuse me of suffering from the Madonna syndrome and taking on the accent a bit. I don’t mean to, I swear, but I see how it happens! I do travel a lot and that is certainly a perk of the job. The more stamps I can get on my passport the happier I am! I adore Paris. Barcelona is a must-visit city. I had the pleasure of experiencing Rio and Barbados last year as well. Pinch me! I love my job!
You started Women Like Us Hollywood to empower young, at-risk girls. What inspired you to be involved in such an amazing cause?
Oprah taught me as a young girl to ask myself – How can I serve? For me, giving back is vital to life. My mother started the Women Like Us Foundation and I’m just following in her footsteps – kind of carrying the torch. I particularly believe so strongly in supporting young women; lifting them up, engaging with them, empowering them to blossom into their fullest potential. Our charity has been able to do this. It’s incredibly rewarding.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to make a career out of entertainment?
I’m not sure the actual age I knew I wanted to make a career of it, but I knew at a very young age I was a “performer.” I always had the brush in my hand pretending it was a microphone – either singing or introducing the skits my friends and I would make up. My mother always said I talked a lot and way too fast. As a teenager I would use the forks at the dinner table to interview my family and liven up mealtime. I would ask things they’d never been asked, pull things out of them no one had known before, and generally get some laughs as well. As a young adult, I was enamored with watching Oprah, Katie Couric, and the hot MTV and VH1 VJs on TV. I knew I wanted to be all of those things merged into one. So I got an internship and the rest is history!
xx, The FabFitFun Team
Posted on September 7, 2012