Hollywood TV reporter Nelson Aspen, 51, is embracing his age.
Arriving on Wednesday to promote his new book, My Prime Time, join the Sunrise team live and perform ”An Evening With Aspen” at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the entertainment guru says “you’re not getting older, you’re getting better”.
“I’m 51 years old,” he says candidly. “I’ve had the same job for 11 years which is extraordinary in television and it’s a credit to chemistry, luck, responsibility and attitude, and it is about being the best person you can be … It’s all about having that glass full,” he says, admitting to a cheeky sip of rosé as we chatted.
He has interviewed everybody from Hugh Jackman and George Clooney to Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks, but this memoir is not about his Hollywood tales. It’s an inspiring and charming memoir in which he deconstructs his lifestyle and tells of the self-discipline and energy that has kept him in the field for decades.
“I used to buzz my hair but now I’ve let it grow so I look a little younger,” he laughs, confiding that his own sunrise ritual involves pounding the pavement. “It’s not just women who disappear off TV when they age!”
Aspen is excited to be heading Down Under.
“The team are like my family, and I just can’t wait to soak it all up. I want to sit in the make-up room and chat and have coffee with the crew and just be there, I can’t wait.”
And most importantly, he’ll get to catch up with his close pal Melissa Doyle. The pair have built a solid relationship and while she is no longer co-host of Sunrise they are still best of friends.
He planned his milestone 50th birthday party last year around Doyle visiting him at the height of the drama surrounding her exit from Sunrise. The pair ended up being caught in a media mystery over ”where was Mel” after Doyle fled the headlines. “She was here and we had been planning it for the past year!’
While Aspen has a rigorous schedule when he arrives, he will spend his one night off having dinner with Doyle and her family. “I can’t wait, we have just always got on so well – she’s even convinced me to spend Christmas here this year and have fun on the sun on the beach rather than the snow in New York.”Baby-steps towards the red carpet
A pink diamond push present, a Dolce & Gabbana christening gown and bonnet, Dior ribboned booties and a change of outfits. All on the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral! It must be the christening of Sydney’s most chic baby, Azura Tresor Minichiello.
It was fashionista Terry Biviano and Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello’s little girl’s big day – her welcome into Christian life – last Sunday at St Mary’s, two years after the couple had wed there.
‘‘It was very intimate with our closest immediate family and friends, just 50 people,’’ Biviano said of the service that was followed by a four-course lunch at Matt Moran’s Aria restaurant at Circular Quay.
‘‘It was an amazing day – the sun was out and it was a special day for Anthony and I and Azura and our extended family. Walking into St Mary’s again after being married there – and walking in to baptise our daughter – was so surreal, it was such a special and magical moment. It was where it all started. It gave me goosebumps.’’
Minichiello talked about how special it was for the couple walking down the same church aisle in his speech to the families and godparents, who included Biviano’s sister and her husband, and Minichiello’s sister, Michelle, and brotherMark.
‘‘She will never have to look too far for support and advice because she has lots of amazing godparents who will love her and be in her life forever.’’
Biviano said she and her husband had had a crash course in parenting in the past 5½ months. She was still breastfeeding (interesting on the day when she had 100 French buttons to undo on her custom-made lace sheath) and Azura had her first cold this week, which sent the first-time mum into panic mode.
‘‘She’s got a blocked nose and a chesty cough and temperatures; I have been panicking. It’s been scary.’’
She did admit Mini was the more relaxed of the two, although she had been surprised how naturally she had taken to motherhood. ‘‘She’s such an amazing child. I know everyone says that, but she’s such a beautiful baby and has a beautiful nature and is very calm. She takes after her father in that respect, thank goodness.
‘‘As soon as she came home she was just the perfect baby. She slept through. She’s more relaxed than I am and we call him the greatest daddy in the world. He really is – just to watch him with Azura brings a tear to my eye, it warms my heart.’’Another label into changing rooms
There’s something happening over at the Myer bunker at the moment.
First Sass & Bide defected to Myer from DJs, then Alex Perry fled the DJs ship, then brand-on-the-rise By Johnny also signed on at Myer.
Now Gail Elliott’s label, Little Joe Women, will launch in Myer this August, and she couldn’t be happier.
‘‘We were with DJs, but I think change is good,’’ Elliott told S. ‘‘This partnership with Myer is a really good fit for us.
‘‘They talk about the Myer family and it really does feel like that. They are such a lovely group of people and have been treating us so nicely, it make us feel very special.’’
Elliott and her husband, Joe Coffey, had been rebuilding the label after going into voluntary administration last year and restructuring the business. In the past few weeks they shut their Double Bay boutique, concentrating on their flagship Paddington store and growing their online business and in-store ranges.
‘‘Things have changed in business for everyone, so it’s a good next stage of our growth. We know a lot more than we did 10 years ago.’’
Trust ModelCo founder and CEO Shelley Barrett to leave us in suspense. The creator of Tan in a Can told a gathering last week that after 12 years the company was about to “launch into an entirely new category with a full line of natural skincare in August”. And naturally there will be a stellar line-up. To date she has had Dannii Minogue, Elle Macpherson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley spruik her products, so we can’t wait to hear who the next ambassador is!
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Far from brooding over the demise of Ten show Wake Up, James Mathison has a far more important project to focus on – baby number two. Mathison was able to take leaving the show in his stride, knowing he was heading straight to the 12-week ultrasound with partner Carlie to see his second baby for the first time. ‘‘I think it really is pretty easy to keep perspective when you have a little family that is growing,’’ says Mathison, who has four sisters and a 17-month-old, Luca. ‘‘There’s nothing quite like hearing that little heartbeat for the first time. Your own heart explodes.’’
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It’s the biggest charity event on the calendar and we’re hearing the annual 17th Annual Gold DInner is going to live up to the hype with a yet-to-be-disclosed venue and an Italian theme. “It’s going to be spectacular,” said one committee member. The dinner is in support of the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick.
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She’s one of the most fabulous women on TV and radio so it’s lovely to see Amanda Keller, 52, on the cover of Prevention Magazine, on sale tomorrow. In the interview she talks about her media career, her thoughts on mid-life and the years of IVF struggle she went through to have her two boys. “One of my favourite sayings is, ‘Aren’t we lucky to be getting older?’ I was with a group of friends and we were all lamenting looking like middle-aged molls. One of the girls there had lost her sister to cancer and she was the one who first said, ‘Aren’t we lucky to be getting older?’ It brought us all up short. I think, yes, aren’t we? It’s a privilege to get older, to not shy from your age, but to own it.” It’s worth picking up.
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