￼fredi Magazine chats with the host of Entertainment Tonight Canada about her career, life as a mom of two, and ￼her new skincare line.
For the past 10 years we’ve welcomed her into our homes as the host of Entertainment Tonight Canada. Her flair for reporting, and down-to-earth personality has made Cheryl Hickey a much-respected journalist- a profession she was cut out for. “I’m naturally really curious and I love a good conversation with people,” says Hickey. Her long-time career at Global Television started in 1999 where she first worked as a photojournalist and then a news chopper reporter. In 2001, she started covering the entertainment beat. Her transition into entertainment reporting was a natural evolution. “In any job you have to prepare and upgrade yourself and then when that door opens or luck or opportunity comes, if you’re ready you can make it work, if you’re not then it’s just an open door,” she says.
Opportunity sure came for Hickey and her career changed in a huge way in September 2005 when she became the host of ET Canada. Over the years, viewers and fans of the show have relied on Hickey and the rest of the talented ET Canada team, both on-air and behind the scenes, to deliver the latest entertainment news. “Whenever something major happens, and we’ve seen it in our ratings, people come to us, so there’s a great responsibility in knowing that people turn to our show,” she says.
ET Canada has given Hickey the opportunity to travel the world and meet some of the best and most famous in the entertainment industry. So which celebrity hasn’t Hickey interviewed yet that she would really like to? “I want Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn together. I love how close their family units are and I am just so impressed by the work that Goldie Hawn is doing with her MindUp program so I really hope that someday I’ll be able to sit down with both ladies.” One of Hickey’s most memorable interviews to date was her exclusive with Oprah when she brought her Life-class Tour to Toronto. Hickey was even brave enough to ask Oprah to say her name in that oh-so-famous Big O voice. “It was everything you would hope it would be,” she says of the interview. Another career highlight for Hickey was join- ing the ladies of The Talk. She appeared as the show’s ‘Top Talker’ in an episode last fall and has since been back. “Being in that studio I felt like a student again, and it was good to be scared and that kind of nervous. They were so welcoming and lovely.”
Aside from being devoted to her career, Hickey’s top priority is her family. She married her husband, producer-director, Kevin Foley in 2008. Together, they have two beautiful children; a son, Jaxson, born in 2009 and a daughter, Nyla, born in 2013. If there is one lesson her children have taught her it’s the importance of being present. “I’m the kind of person who can do five different things at once and I like operating that way, but when you have kids they want all of you. For me it’s important to put the phone down, turn the TV off and just be in the moment there with them. That brings them great joy and excitement and I’m a better mom when I do that,” she shares with fredi Magazine. Weekends are the highlight of the week for this family. “We usually call it the Foley Family Fun Day and there’s a countdown to it starting on Monday so that’s a big deal,” she laughs. Rituals include solar system pancakes for breakfast and lots of playing. Being a working mom of two young children means there really is no balance, but rather know- ing what’s most important. “I think you keep your energy in the places you can when you know you can, but number one always for me is my kids and my family, and everything else falls behind that,” she says.
On top of it all, Hickey still manages to put her passions and interests to work. In September of last year, she launched her own natural skincare line, OURS by Cheryl Hickey. The idea for the line stemmed from her children and the frustration of try- ing to find products that she can trust for them. OURS is chemical-free and Canadian made – something that Hickey is proud of. Along with her hardworking team of ex- perts, Hickey is dedicated to making products that consumers can rely on. “OURS is safe and healthy for your children, it’s affordable for the whole family and you don’t need to buy 16 other products. Everyone can use it,” she says. Her own kids were one of the first to try it and validate that she had done a great job. “I’ll never forget this one time when I was with my son after bath time and he was putting on the cream himself and said ‘mummy I love my creamy and I’m so proud of you’.” Naturally, tears of joy followed for Hickey. “If anything, having that moment with him and his realization that we did something kind of great means a lot to me,” she says of the precious memory.
The OURS line currently has 8 products suitable for everyone from babies to adults. The feedback from customers has been positive. “It’s been really good. The hardest part is to get a woman to change her face cream and the 24-hour Face Cream is something that women really love, so that’s exciting,” says Hickey. Her top picks for maintaining smooth summer skin? “The 3-in-1 Cleansing Oil coats your skin so nicely and really hydrates, and if you put in your bath it’s like nothing else. If you happen to get a sunburn, the Anything Balm is amazing. Put it on at night and it will help soothe and ease it.”
A notable entertainment journalist, wife, mom and entrepreneur, Hickey can surely say she’s had success in her life. But her definition of success is only measured in one way. “If I’m happy, and my kids are happy, and my family is happy, that feels like a success to me.” If there is one thing that’s remained consistent along her journey, it’s been the fact that Hickey has remained her authentic self. Her advice on staying true to who you are no matter what life throws your way is to set aside all the chatter that goes on around you and just listen to you. “At the end of the day, quiet your thoughts, listen to that little voice, and follow your gut, it’s usually right.”
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