TV host Rachael Finch splits her time between her Channel Seven commitments and modelling as the brand ambassador for Speedo. Also a newlywed, Finch and her husband Michael Miziner found out they were expecting while on their honeymoon in Thailand, just days after they walked down the aisle in January. But the baby news is not stopping the mum-to-be, who is as busy as ever. Kate Waterhouse caught up with the 24-year-old to chat about expecting her first child and her plans to get back in a bikini three months after she gives birth.
What are you up to at the moment?
I’m carrying a baby, so that is at the forefront of my mind, that’s consuming all my thoughts. But we are already planning Speedo’s 2014 range … I give birth in mid-September and at the end of December I’ll be shooting [the campaign], so it’s a quick turnaround.
Are you shooting in your bikini so quickly after giving birth?
Yes, I hope to be bikini-ready in three months. I think it’s possible, providing everything goes according to plan. I’ll gauge how I feel and if there are no complications, that is my goal. The Spring Racing Carnival and Brownlow are part of my Channel Seven commitments and they are soon after I give birth.
Is there pressure for you to get back to work?
No, not at all, it’s totally cruisy. All my employers, including Channel Seven and Speedo, are just like, ”Congratulations, enjoy every moment, anything that you need, just let us know,” … so it’s really nice to have that support.
How will you juggle motherhood and all your different work commitments?
A lot of people are asking what I’m going to do, even my mum, because in mum’s day it was that you stay home and you look after the children … I don’t have anything against that lifestyle but I’m such a work-oriented person, so for me career is a big thing, so it’s all about gauging how I feel. My health is always No. 1. If I don’t feel like I’m healthy enough to give Michael and our child that attention then I’ll juggle it to make sure it fits.
Do you know if you’re having a boy or a girl?
No, I think that is the most important thing to leave secret because to me that is the most exciting part.
What are you currently working on?
I just finished Fashion Week, where I was a friend of Barbie [Doll] while she was in Australia. I took her around and showed her the sights of Australia … One of the most embarrassing moments was at Fashion Week: I had to have Barbie on my lap and for the show I was miked up and I was going, ”Look Barbie, do you like that dress?”
Why did you agree to befriend a doll?
Everyone asked ”Why would you do that?” but in this industry you get to meet so many people, go to so many amazing places that most people wouldn’t do in a lifetime, so I take these opportunities. I was going to do that diving show, Celebrity Splash, but then we found out we were pregnant so I thought it might not be a safe option, so that got sidelined. Those opportunities are fun and exciting and that is why I did MasterChef and Dancing with the Stars, because I love learning about new things. Next year, after we give birth, I will compete in a professional dance competition with Mish [Michael].
How is married life treating you?
Awesome, it still feels like we have been together for five minutes. He still opens the door for me, we still have those special moments, the text messages, and I think it’s really important. Some days are difficult – you are tired or you may get frustrated at something, but putting that work in to maintain that relationship is really important.
What do you do for fun together?
We love to go out for dinner. We love Toko, Spice Temple and … this place on Botany Road [in Alexandria] called Zion Sushi.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
We are really enjoying the property side of things. That, to us, is really interesting and stimulating because it’s projects we get to work on together. I would still love to be travelling around the world, working on television. I would also love to do my own swimwear and gym wear and a couple of other products.
WE WENT TO The Grounds of Alexandria.
WE ATE Spring chicken salad with poached chicken breast, pickled celery and tender stem broccoli with radicchio and dukkah dressing.
WE DRANK Freshly squeezed summer juices.
RACHAEL WORE Camilla and Marc top and skirt.