Erin Andrews: On Staying Energized, Working Out, and Being Outspoken

Erin Andrews has a knack for getting famous folks to divulge something interesting. Luckily for us, she's equally great at giving no-BS answers


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"I forgot my phone," Erin Andrews says, after settling into a chair on the patio of a restaurant in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

"Do you need to get it?"

She breaks into a huge smile behind her oversize sunglasses.

"No! I'm just shocked that I actually let it out of my possession. I'm proud of myself!"

Considering everything the 36-year-old TV personality has going on—from co-hosting Dancing with the Stars to being the top sideline reporter for NFL on Fox—an hour-long stretch without calls, texts, tweets and Instagramming is a welcome (if accidental) breather. "It's nice to have time to clear my mind. It's kind of wonderful."

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Born in Maine and raised in Tampa, Fla., Erin has been working nonstop since graduating in 2000 from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunications. In 2004, she got her big break—a reporting job on ESPN National Hockey Night—and has since become a favorite sideline reporter for college football, the NFL and Major League Baseball. She has made a name for herself by holding her own during live postgame interviews (see: Richard Sherman's viral rant last January) and by bringing witty, sometimes controversial commentary to the often predictable Dancing with the Stars proceedings (see: telling rumored couple Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow she wants "a Dancing with the Stars baby"). We sat down with the star to find out how she maintains her energy, her enviable body—and her sense of humor.

Your fans love that you're so outspoken. Have you ever gotten into trouble by saying the wrong thing, like on Twitter, where you have nearly 2.5 million followers?

No, I have to be very careful with that. But it's hard when somebody says something and you want to put them in their spot. I've gotten "You look like Brad Pitt" or that I look like a bird, and I'm just like, "Really?"

What's been the worst one?

I recently tweeted a photo of a David Yurman ring I was wearing, and I didn't have moisturizer on, and they were like, "Your hands look like the old lady from Titanic." But you know what? This is coming from a person whose avatar is a cat. So what do you want from me?

Did you ever worry about being a woman in a male-dominated field?

I didn't even think about it until I was in the industry and people started bringing it up. I always saw so many women do it on television. Hannah Storm, who did NBA on NBC, was a big influence. Monday Night Football's Melissa Stark showed that it was OK to be, like, really good-looking and know everything about the NFL. The first time I met her face-to-face, I geeked out and told her she was my Michael Jordan.

How do you keep your confidence when there's a lot of testosterone around?

I feel like I'm one of the guys anyway. I'm such a guy's girl that even in the relationship I'm in now, my boyfriend [NHL player Jarret Stoll] has had to say, "OK, can I be the boy?" I'm usually the only girl at the dinner table. I'm not really allowed to be a female in my world of sports broadcasting, because if you don't blend in and be a guy, you're not gonna fit in. You're not gonna be included in the jokes, and they're not gonna want to take you to the bar at night to have a drink, and you won't hear all the real stories about what's going on with the teams, because everybody will be like, "She's just a girl." If there's a 1 o'clock pickup for the game, I like to be there at 12:50 because I don't want those boys sitting in that car waiting and going, "What are you, curlin' your hair?"


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Last Updated: August 05, 2014

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