I was totally flattered to have been contacted a couple of weeks ago by representatives of Chantal Kreviazuk (Yes- THE Chantal Kreviazuk!) to meet her in-person for an interview. Chantal was in Vancouver for a few days to help promote the Walmart Mom of the Year Award, of which she is a judge. It would have been pretty silly for me to not jump all over this opportunity, and so jump I did.
I was a little nervous as I have never really conducted an interview before- other than those ones in high school where we were asked to interview a teacher or a classmate or a family member. Chantal fell under none of those categories (obviously), so I had no idea what to expect going into the situation.
Luckily, Chantal is who she is and how she is, because my nerves were calmed the moment she opened her hotel room door.
“Hi, I’m Chantal. OH MY GOD! I LOVE your necklace. I need FOUR of those!”. Umm… ok?!?!
And so began my first ever celebrity interview, which was not at all a proper interview because I didn’t ask any of the questions I had prepared and I didn’t record the conversation either. I threw all the conventional means of interviewing out the window the moment Chantal greeted me with such kindness, excitement, and REALNESS. I decided right away that I’d just let the afternoon unravel the way it wanted to and, as a result, I ending up spending an hour with a woman whom I already respected as an artist, but that I now also respect as a person and as a mother.
Seeing as I took no notes and didn’t record the “interview”, I don’t have many direct quotes, so this won’t be one of those fantastic celebrity interviews that you find in a magazine. There won’t be any “I said: _______, and then she said: ________” and I responded with: “________”.
Instead, I will share the glimpse I had into Chantal’s life in my own way. I will share with you everything that Chantal shared with me (well, almost everything!). And, luckily for me, she opened up A LOT!
ON BEING FAMOUS
“Being famous is an illness.” (Ok, there are SOME direct quotes in here).
Pardon? An illness? I’m glad there was more to this one!
“You can let it take over your life or there are things you can do to make sure you don’t get sick, that you don’t get consumed by it.” OH. OK. I get it. Chantal explained how important it is for her 3 sons, Rowan, Sal, and Lucca, to have as ‘normal’ a life as possible. “It takes a lot of work”. Oh man, I can only imagine. Chantal says that living in L.A. is a huge positive when it comes to raising her boys. In a completely appreciative and not-at-all-pretentious way, she explained that her family can blend-in a little more in L.A., whereas in Canada, she is recognized a lot more out in public.
ON “ME” TIME
A term that is often used and not as often lived! Since becoming a mother myself, I have a whole new appreciation for the little things. You know, like, going to the bathroom with the door closed (and alone), a hot shower, grabbing a coffee (and getting to drink it without reheating it 3 times over the course of a morning), doing a grocery shop on my own. Those things! Those are what I consider to be ME TIME these days, and the definitions vary vastly from one mama to the next. For Chantal, some of her favourite ME time moments are getting on an airplane solo, sitting in her backyard listening to birds during the day and owls at night, taking her dogs out to trails nearby to walk and run, and dinners out with her girlfriends.
It was clear to me from the moment I walked in that Chantal’s boys are her world. The reason she NEEDED four replicas of my necklace was to give to each of her son’s teachers as a year-end gift! Apparently their school logo is a tree of life and that’s what was hanging around my neck.
Within a few minutes of us both having been curled up on either side of the couch in her hotel room, Chantal handed her phone over to me to show me the text one of her sons had just sent her that morning. He took a picture of himself home sick from school after enduring a basketball injury.
Basketball! Her boys are her world and basketball is her boys’ world. Shooting hoops is a typical family-time activity. By the sounds of it, an all-the-time, non-stop family activity. I’m pretty sure the term “basketball obsessed” was thrown around a couple of times during my chat with Chantal.
Ok, I’ll stop pretending that I didn’t even bring up Raine! I wasn’t THAT cool and collected. My high school/university burned CD’s all had Our Lady Peace AND Chantal Kreviazuk songs on them, so it would have been rude for me to NOT ask how he was doing these days… right?! You will all be happy to know that Raine is a gushingly-amazing husband and father.
Chantal really lights up when she talks about her children and her husband! It’s nice to know that there are some fantastic and healthy relationships going on in the celebrity world. Cheers to Chantal and Raine on their 18 years together!
“We don’t have a nanny”, points out Chantal. “It is important to me that it is Raine or I helping the boys with their homework and not somebody else”. With 3 very active boys, insane travel schedules, and the personal and professional commitments that Chantal and Raine have, I was impressed to hear this! Chantal explained that they had an amazing nanny when the boys were younger, and they had to make a very hard decision to let her go, but it is a decision that Chantal is proud of and so she should be.
Oh man, the topics Chantal and I covered when it comes to motherhood. Pregnancy, losses, gains, raising your baby the way you feel you should “you know best!”, fielding the opinions of others, how truly amazing the female body is to grow these special beings; we touched on it all! I wasn’t asking questions. We were really just chatting and these are the topics and passions that arose. It was an organic and a genuine conversation and I had to remind myself throughout that I had just met Chantal for the first time. She really let’s you in.
ON THE WALMART MOM OF THE YEAR AWARD
The reason I had been contacted with the opportunity to meet Chantal was to learn more about the second annual Walmart Mom of the Year Award which Chantal plays a big role in. When I asked Chantal how she got involved in this initiative, this is what she said:
“When I was approached about being involved, I jumped at the opportunity. Some of the most inspirational moms that I know have not one ounce of notoriety. We need to be recognizing those moms that are doing amazing things who maybe aren’t already getting the recognition they deserve.” Well said, Chantal. I whole-heartedly agree!
The Walmart Mom of the Year Award is currently accepting nominations, so head on over to their site and nominate the mom that you feel deserves that extra recognition! It may be your own mother, it may be a friend… maybe it’s your sister! Make sure you get your nomination in because not only will the winner of the award win a prize, but the winner will also get to choose an organization that they’d like to donate $100,000 to!!!