Model Adrienne Janic is host of a new reality show called Fit, Famous & Fabulous on the VERIA Living Network. Also known for hosting TLC/Discovery’s Overhaulin’ – she is married to television producer Bud Brutsman. They have a 3-year-old son named Deuce.
Celebrity Baby Scoop recently interviewed Adrienne and asked about the details on the show and how she’s juggling work with family life.
CBS: You have a new reality show coming out this Fall called , ‘Fit, Famous & Fabulous’ on the Veria Living network. Tell us about the show and what we can expect.
AJ: ‘Fit, Famous & Fabulous’ is a show that gives you a peek inside a celebrity’s day and life when they are not working. People have a fascination with celebrity – what they are wearing, what they are doing, where they are traveling too. In this case, we are showing what they do to stay in shape and also share some secrets ( diet, make-up, pampering, restaurants, etc) to stay ‘Fit and Fabulous’! I tag along with the celebrities for the day and work out with them, experience their beauty routines, and hang out with them at their favorite spots! The fun part for me is the fitness and getting to try things I never have tried before, or was too scared to try! Hint : I got to train with Antonio Sabato Jr and his trainer and did gymnastics! Antonio is AMAZING at it and is so dedicated to the sport. My attempt at it…well, I’m 5’9″ and a bit too tall to be a gymnast. Let’s just say it made for great TV! Another segment I did was sword fighting with a Hollywood stunt crew. When I was done training with that team, I felt like a super hero! SUPER MOM!
CBS: Several years ago you became a sought after host on reality auto shows like TLC’s “Overhaulin” and Speed Network’s “Hot Import Nights” with no automobile experience. How did that come about?
AJ: Honestly? By accident! I was originally booked on “Overhaulin” as an actress to play the pranks on the hidden camera portion of the show. After the original co-host left to pursue other opportunities, TLC asked me if I would step in as co-host. I said “No” at first because I had never hosted before and I knew NOTHING about cars! When they asked me again, I told them I would accept, only under one condition – that they do NOT make me out to be a car expert. I wanted the audience who didn’t know much about cars to learn WITH me. I always say honesty is the best policy! Plus you can’t fool the automotive world! They know who is a fake and who isn’t! I learned on the job ( I had the best teachers in the World!). I always tell women not to be afraid of the automotive world! If I can do it, anybody can! I have to say, working on “Overhaulin” has been an amazing learning experience! After “Overhaulin”, a lot of great opportunities opened up in the automotive world. All of a sudden I was a “car girl”!
CBS: Tell us about your child with husband Bud Brutsman. What is their name, age, and what are they into?
AJ: We have a 3 year old son named Deuce ( Can you tell I love cars so much we named him after the FORD Deuce coupe?) He is at the age now where he is just exploring the world and trying new things. He’s into anything active where he can climb, run, crawl through! Sitting down and painting for a couple of hours is not really his speed! But I think any mom to a 3 year old boy can agree! He is the love of our lives!
CBS: What is your favorite part about being a mom? What do you enjoy doing as a family?
AJ: Do I have to pick one? I truly LOVE being a mom. It’s the hardest job in the world, but it’s also the best and most rewarding. I love the unconditional, pure love my son gives my husband and I. And just hearing him say, “I lub you mama!” makes my heart melt. On weekends is our family time. We go to the park, indoor playgrounds, go see a movie, hike – anything we can experience as a family ( even if it’s something simple), we are creating memories and just enjoying “our time” together.
CBS: What is your best advice for balancing your mommy duties with everything else you have going on?
AJ: First of all, it’s not easy! I have to say the number one thing is planning everything ahead the evening before. This way you are not in a mad scramble early in the morning trying to get everything ready ( Can you tell I tried it this way before? Did’nt work out too well!) For me, that includes getting up earlier, and double checking to make sure Deuce has everything he needs for the day while I’m gone at work. The last thing you want to be is all frazzled in the morning – it can set the tone for the day. I also feel that children feed off the energy of their parents. Being calm, organized, and planning ahead is a great way to start the day!
CBS: What has motherhood taught you about yourself? Has it changed you or transformed you?
AJ: Motherhood has taught me a lot about myself. Mainly patience and to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. Before Deuce, I was always on the go and never really stopped to catch my breath or enjoy my hard work. Now, I get to see the world through my sons eyes. It hit me when we played with bubbles when he was a few months old and how fascinated he was by such a simple thing. Now I do stop to breathe. My patience has gone from none to HAVING some! And even enjoying that scoop of ice cream! We run around the park enough so I deserve a scoop…or two!
CBS: Your father is Yugoslavian and your mother is Mexican. What was it like growing up in such a diverse family? Any fun traditions you can share?
AJ: Looking back, it’s pretty awesome having two parents from two completely different cultures and backgrounds. Both my parents are VERY hard workers. When they immigrated to the United States, they did not speak any English. Soon after my dad became a citizen, he joined the U.S Army. After mom became a citizen, she enrolled herself in school. The both instilled a strong work ethic and taught my brother and I that we can have whatever we can dream about – only through hard work.
I also grew up speaking Spanish. Fun traditions? During Christmas time, my mom and late grandmother would get together with the family and make tamales! It was literally an assembly line! To this day, I have not had a tamale that is as good as the ones my grandmother used to make!
My dad has a dessert called ‘palachinkas’ that he makes! It doesn’t have to be a special occasion. ANY day is ‘palachinka’ day! It’s basically a Yugoslavian crepe. It is So good! He now makes it for Deuce! It’s so cute to hear Deuce ask grandpa for ‘papaTINKas’! The tradition is being passed down!
CBS: What other upcoming projects do you have?
AJ: After I wrap up filming ‘Fit, Famous & Fabulous’, I want to take a little break and enjoy some extra time with Deuce. I know other parents can agree that time goes by so much faster with kids! It seems like yesterday I was waddling around with my big ol belly, and now my baby is 3! I am working on another fun project that has been in the works for some time. I say timing is everything! Stay tuned!