When she鈥檚 not interviewing A-listers on the red carpet, Giuliana Rancic is one busy lady. Recently, the former E! News anchor partnered up with Cotonelle for their 鈥Go Commando鈥 program AND made an appearance at The Pink Agenda鈥檚 annual gala in NYC promoting her Fab-U-Wish foundation, which grants wishes to women battling breast cancer.


Giuliana lives her life much in the spotlight. She and her husband, season one The Apprentice winner Bill Rancic, starred in the reality show Giuliana and Bill on E! from 2009 to 2014. During that time, Giuliana was open about her struggle with infertility and IVF, and it was during a doctor-recommended mammogram that the TV host discovered she had early-stage breast cancer. She opted for a lumpectomy and later a double mastectomy in 2011. The couple welcomed their son Duke via surrogate in 2012.

Despite pretty much living her life in the open, there are still a few things many people don鈥檛 know about her. For one, she鈥檚 incredibly warm and down to earth. It鈥檚 easy to see why she鈥檚 a grade-A interviewer. 鈥淚 always knew from a young age I wanted to be a TV reporter,鈥 she tells us thoughtfully. 鈥淚 just loved giving people information 鈥 that鈥檚 really where it came from 鈥 and having conversations with people, and talking to people. I was always very social.鈥

But you鈥檇 be mistaken if you thought the break came easily. 鈥淚 was a hostess at a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, I was an assistant at a talent agency, I worked retail at Beverly Hills 鈥 I did everything I could while sneaking in auditions and meetings while trying to get a hosting job on television or the Internet,鈥 Giuliana tells me about her start. 鈥淚 was able through all these little Internet jobs as well as footage from my college days, and I just sent it over and over and over again to E! for a very long time 鈥 for years. And then one day, for some reason, someone at E! happened to see the tape sitting on their desk and they called me in.鈥

As to why she got the gig, she has a theory. 鈥淭hey were looking for a reporter for E! News, and they hadn鈥檛 had an opening for a while. I was the 39th person auditioning, and I think the reason I got it,鈥 she muses, 鈥渨as because I wasn鈥檛 trying 鈥 I loved E! News and I was a huge fan of E! News, but when I came in to audition, I wasn鈥檛 trying to be one of the current people on E! News. I was just trying to be myself.鈥

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And after landing the job, she didn鈥檛 rest on her laurels. If anything, that was when she rolled up her sleeves and got to work even harder. For that attitude, she thanks her dad. 鈥淢y father instilled a very hard work ethic in me. We came from Italy when I was a little girl, and I watched my dad achieve the American dream,鈥 she says. 鈥淚 hope some of that rubbed off on me. I just work really, really hard鈥 and I think when you鈥檙e a hard worker, people take notice. They want you to be a part of their company when you鈥檙e a hard worker.鈥 Her best piece of career advice? 鈥淕et into the bottom of where you want to be and just work hard. There鈥檚 not a real secret. Come in early, stay late and try to do everything you can.鈥

And even from the time when she was a little girl, Giuliana applied herself whole-heartedly to every task, including鈥 juggling? 鈥淔or some reason, when I was in elementary school, I got it stuck in my head that I had to learn how to juggle. So I bought a video, these little balls and a full kit to teach you how to juggle and I watched this video over and over again and learned how to juggle,鈥 she says with a laugh.

Nowadays, the juggling makes for a great party trick. 鈥淢y friends will bet people and say, 鈥榃ho do you think can juggle longer? You or Giuliana?鈥, and we鈥檒l pick up some fruit or tennis balls. I can juggle for a very long time,鈥 she tells me.

鈥淚 remember my mom was like, 鈥榊ou really want me to buy this [kit] for you? Why do you want to juggle?鈥 And I鈥檓 like, 鈥榊es, I just have to juggle, Mom, I don鈥檛 know why. I need to learn how to juggle.'鈥 When your passion comes calling, I guess you just have to listen.

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