Since starting her entertainment career as reporter in the Bay Area, writer, producer, correspondent, and host Christian Vera’s been all over our flat-screens (or old school TVs with bunny ears). Whether you’ve seen her on “E! News Now”, Mun2, SiTv, CNN En Español covering the L.A. Lakers, “On the Red Carpet” interviewing celebs at The Grammy Awards, fashion shows and movie premieres or currently co-hosting the news show “Right This Minute” (RTM), she’s made her mark in mainstream media. I spoke to Christian recently, who was on set taping the third season of RTM in Phoenix, about her fav celeb interviews, career consejo, becoming a U.S. citizen, and power tools. Check out her answers below and follow Christian on Twitter and Facebook!
You’ve spoken to several celebs over the years. Who’s been your favorite interview?
I was on ABC’s “On the Red Carpet”. I got to meet all these actors and celebrities and you think that they’re these unattainable people but they’re really, really normal. They’re people like you and I. They go through things like you and I….I don’t think I’ve had a favorite. I’ve had moments. For example, Will Smith. He’s full of life and so fun to talk to. It’s an easy conversation and he has an infectious laugh…Then there were also amazing filmmakers like J.J. Abrams. He’s really brilliant and I talked to him about “Star Trek” …You know who was amazing? Anthony Hopkins because he’s such a polarizing figure in the entertainment industry. We had this really nice down-to-earth conversation about his journey and the passion for his work is palpable which inspired me.
What’s been your most embarrassing experience on air?
We were getting ready to go on set at RTM and it was one of our very first shoots. I was getting ready to jump on my seat. We had four stools and the floor was quite slippery. The stool had very fast wheels (laughing) and when I went to push myself up onto the chair, I ended up falling down and it was all caught on camera! It was hysterical. We ended up showing the video on the show. People got a good laugh about it. That was pretty embarrassing but I have a good sense of humor so I didn’t mind.
I saw a clip of you on SiTV (now Nuvo TV) from 2008 where you discussed becoming an American citizen. That was emotional for you, right?
Yes, I became a citizen in 2008 and it was a great moment because I was really excited about voting. It was election time and there was all this activity in the Latin community and the power of the Latino vote and the campaign, ‘Voto Latino’, with Rosario Dawson, Maria Teresa Kumar and Wilmer Valderrama. I’d been media covering the work they were doing and I thought, “Why am I not doing this?” I live here; I’m pretty much an American girl so I started the process and finished just in time to vote. It was definitely emotional and wonderful because I’m very proud to be Mexicana but I’m also very proud to call myself an American. It’s a very nice combination.
What do you like to do when you’re just chilling?
I like to paint, draw, and write. I have a blog called ChristianVeraOffset and fans ask me questions about what I’m wearing and what I’m doing when I’m not on TV. I love to travel, find new restaurants so I share all these experiences on the blog. I try to read a lot and will admit to watching a telenovela when I get homesick. I will watch and I’ll crack up because it’ll remind me of my family. They’re guilty pleasures.
What would someone be surprised to know about you?
I think people would be really surprised to know under this makeup and hair, I’m a big ol’ tomboy (laughing). I’ve changed a faucet before and I have an amazing toolbox. I love power tools and will put my own furniture together. I grew up with my older brother and wanted to be just like him. I’ve changed spark plugs, believe it or not. (laughing)
What’s the best advice (consejo) you’ve ever received?
I met Russell Simmons a long time ago. After my interview, we continued talking and he asked me what I wanted to do. I said, “I want to be a reporter”. He stopped me and said, “Christian, you’re ALREADY a reporter. You have to stop saying ‘you want to be’. As soon as you change your mind set to ‘YOU ARE’, everything’s going to change for you.” It was true. Regardless of your experience level, you have to BELIEVE you already ARE that thing you want to be. Even a five year old who’s doing scribbles and wiggles on paper and dreams of becoming an artist, by the virtue of doing that, he/she’s already an artist. From that moment, I said, “Yes! I’m a reporter, a correspondent, an anchor, a writer, a producer, and an artist.” Now I really am everything that I wanted to be because I thought I was.
By Being Latino Contributor, Carlita.