You’ve probably seen Chloe Melas covering the latest Hollywood happenings on CNN, where she works as an entertainment reporter. Chloe also recently became a mom—her son Leo was born last summer. We chatted with Chloe about the #metoo movement, the power of giving birth, and transitioning back to work after becoming a mother.
Congratulations on both your success at CNN and on the recent birth of your son. What’s been the most surprising aspect of new motherhood?
Thank you! I’m most surprised that I love it so much I want to do it again— and much sooner than I’d anticipated.
What’s it like to work as an entertainment reporter at this particular news-rich moment in time?
I really was worried about whether I would still enjoy going to work when I felt so guilty leaving my baby boy at home. After an initially rough two weeks transitioning back to the workforce, I knew I was doing exactly what I needed to do. Essentially, I feel as though my job description has done a 180 degree turn in this current #Metoo climate. Telling the stories of men and women who have been abused, and seeing the changes in the industry happen as a result, is immensely gratifying. I have never been more proud to be an entertainment journalist.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Making the bed!
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Drink wine and watch “Shark Tank” or “This Is Us.”
What is your best parenting hack?
Putting Leo in his crib with the mobile over his bed playing music. It keeps him distracted while I get ready for the day or clean up.
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
It would probably be the first moment, childbirth. I still can’t believe that I was capable of not only creating and carrying a human being, but there’s something so magical and almost surreal about having given birth. I’m proud of the strength I exhibited that day – I felt like a superhero.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
It gets better.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
There is no balance. Some days I get home just in time to put Leo to bed, and other mornings I leave right as he’s waking up. I try to keep my weekends wide open to soak up every minute with Leo.
What was the last book you read?
I read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault to Leo.
Favorite Beauty Product: Right now, although it sounds so bougie – La Mer moisturizer. It’s living up to its reputation.
Favorite Form of Exercise: Soul Cycle
What is on your DVR? “This Is Us”
Favorite App: Instagram
Favorite Kids Store: Gap Kids