Model-turned-businesswoman Lara Worthington (nee Bingle) is the founder and head of tanning and cosmetics brand The Base and has two children, Rocket and Racer, with her husband, actor Sam Worthington. The couple are notoriously private about their family life but Lara opens up to me about motherhood, Sam as a “hands-on” dad and what people would find most surprising about her.
What is a day in the life of you?
If I’m lucky, I get to sleep until 7:30am. But usually my son comes calling sometime between 6 and 7. I work from multiple offices: one a small, private space in Tribeca [in New York City] and from hotels when I’m travelling. Which is a lot at the moment. And sometimes from home. No day is average or the same with two boys under two … I work out when I can, but I’d like to work out more.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m developing a product now that I’m obsessed with. I can’t tell you what it is – it’s too far down the line. But I’m so excited about it because it’s going to make women’s lives so much easier.
What do you miss most about home when you are away?
My family, friends and Cronulla beach.
What is the first thing you do when you arrive back in Australia?
I go straight to my mum’s house.
How do you juggle your skincare label The Base and motherhood?
The beauty of technology and Wi-Fi means I can work anywhere in the world. It’s like a virtual office. I have a routine and work when my boys are sleeping. The time difference is a little challenging sometimes but I have a fantastic team of people in Australia that work with that. I’m always impressed with women who have a great work-life balance, and it’s something I’m certainly working on.
How involved are you with the product development and marketing?
100 per cent.
Tell me about your recent collaboration with Tiffany & Co’s HardWear.
I shot the campaign with my friend Shane Sakkeus in New York City – he filmed it on his iPhone and we took the stills from the film. I wanted to capture lots of close-up shots of the jewellery, the sprit and soul of New York City and that power and fierce feminine feeling I get when I wear Tiffany jewellery, which I think we captured.
Who do you look up to and admire?
Visionary, self-made women with inspirational careers like Jenna Lyons of J. Crew, Carisa Janes [of Hourglass cosmetics] and Lena Dunham, Jessica Alba, Hillary Kerr [of website Who What Wear], Emily Weiss [of website Into The Gloss] and everyone on my team at The Base – both women and men!
What are you enjoying most about motherhood the second time around?
Everything just seems far more rich and meaningful now. I love the quote,’Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.’ This resonates deeply with me. Motherhood has taught me the greatest love of all.
What has been most challenging aspect?
How would you describe Sam as a dad?
Sam has a really good heart – amazing husband, and he’s so good with the kids. He’s very hands-on, and I think we really complement each other. He is our world.
You look amazing! What is the secret to getting back into shape so quickly?
Two boys under two!
Where is your favourite travel destination?
The Maldives is a favourite of mine; I always head to more remote areas that are not so frequented by tourists – there’s nothing like having the ocean all to yourself.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Happy. But I’m very happy right now!
What is something people would find surprising to know about you?
I love pottery. It’s the most therapeutic form of art for me. There is something so special about handmade pieces.
WE WENT TO Tiffany’s HardWare launch, Carriageworks, Eveleigh
WE ATE A selection of canapes
WE DRANK Champagne
LARA WORE Michael Lo Sordo and Tiffany’s HardWare jewellery