As host of the nation’s entertainment powerhouse, Entertainment Tonight Canada, Cheryl Hickey greets over half a million loyal viewers each night as she delivers breaking news coverage, in-depth profiles and behind-the-scenes exclusives. A nominee for a prestigious Canadian Screen Award, and named one of Hello Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” Cheryl is known for her trademark glamour, professionalism, and girl-next-door personality.
Originally from Shallow Lake, Ontario, Cheryl has worked hard to get to where she is today. After graduating London’s Fanshawe College with a Broadcast Journalism degree, Cheryl worked in a variety of radio and television roles before joining ET Canada in 2005. While busy interviewing the most powerful and relevant Hollywood celebrities like Tom Cruise, One Direction, Brad Pitt and Oprah to name a few, Cheryl still finds the time to give back. She works closely with Sick Kids Toronto, Plan Canada and Operation Smile and is the official Spokesperson for KidsWifi™. Cheryl balances life as a working mom, entrepreneur, dedicated wife, and raising her two kids Jaxson and Nyla.
What was your first job?
When I was a teenager, I was a live mannequin and modeled clothes in the store window of Owen Sounds’s Jean Machine.
Best advice for people getting started in your industry?
Don’t listen to the naysayers – follow your dreams, put your head down and stay in your lane. And use YouTube! Don’t wait for someone to give you your own show, create your own YouTube channel, use that as your resume and place to practice and make all your mistakes.
What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
TMZ, CNN, People.com and shopping sites like Zulily.com and Snugglebugz.ca
Three of your favourite accounts to follow on Instagram?
It’s hard to choose – I follow everyone. Friends, celebrities, mommy and fashion bloggers…
Best interview you’ve ever had?
Again, it’s impossible to choose one but I’d say Oprah, Nicole Kidman and Gerard Butler are among my favourites.
Because we’re all on the same playing field there are no bad interviews.
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
Don’t borrow worries from tomorrow. If it’s scary, it’s probably worth doing and means you’re growing.
My family, being an entrepreneur, women helping women.
You’re boarding a plane tomorrow. Where are you headed?
Hawaii with the #glamsquadinthe6!
Khloe because she’s so bold and hilarious.
Who would be cast to play you in the movie version of your life?
Narcos and Empire… but mostly my two kids these days!
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.
Family-wise – my mom and sister. Professionally – Oprah. As an entrepreneur – Richard Branson. For personal development – John Stix.
Song of the moment?
Britney’s ‘Make Me’.
One thing you can’t live without?