Q&A

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by MEG MA­SON Lara Wor­thing­ton is a friend of the Tif­fany & Co. brand.

Lara Wor­thing­ton on bal­anc­ing busi­ness and be­ing a mum of two.

Ev­ery time we open a mag­a­zine, there seems to be a snap of the Wor­thing­ton fam­ily in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion. Where are you right now? At the mo­ment? Hawaii. Let’s get the manda­tory work-life bal­ance ques­tion out of the way: how do you man­age be­ing an en­tre­pre­neur, model, mother and se­rial glo­be­trot­ter? Part of it is try­ing to get ad­vice from dif­fer­ent women who seem to have a great work-life bal­ance, and I think that I’m learn­ing how to pri­ori­tise. It’s a chal­lenge and some­thing I’m con­tin­u­ally work­ing on, but I love be­ing a work­ing mum. A lot of the work is done at night while the kids are sleep­ing. I’ve just turned 30, so I’m def­i­nitely not ready to drop ev­ery­thing. I get so much ful­fil­ment from work­ing. Most moth­ers say that go­ing from one child to two is a huge change. How have you fared af­ter your sec­ond? It seemed like I was a first-time mum not so long ago. So go­ing straight into an­other, two un­der two, was def­i­nitely a ma­jor leap. What’s your num­ber-one tip for main­tain­ing your san­ity? I try not to Google too much as some of the [baby ad­vice] can be re­ally fright­en­ing. But I have [a web­site] I go to, and I read all the com­ments from other mums. I find so­lace in that. It makes me feel that I’m not alone. There are other mums out there go­ing through the same thing. With your sched­ule, it’s not like you can make it to moth­ers’ group ev­ery Mon­day to work­shop sleep sched­ules and swap puree recipes. I’d love to, but mov­ing around is quite a chal­lenge. But I’ve found a lot of sup­port from friends with chil­dren, and I speak to my best friend in Aus­tralia, who also has two un­der two. And my mum and Sam’s [hus­band, ac­tor Sam Wor­thing­ton] mum have given me so much sup­port. Have you man­aged to trim your get­ting-ready rou­tine to sub-five min­utes, like the rest of us? I def­i­nitely don’t have much time any­more, but I’m a uni­form dresser. I wear vari­a­tions of the same thing ev­ery day. That’s how I’ve al­ways been. You were re­cently in Syd­ney for the launch of Tif­fany & Co.’s new Hard­wear col­lec­tion. Have you added more jew­ellery to the uni­form? I have a Tif­fany & Co. bracelet I wear ev­ery day, a neck­lace I wear as a bracelet and a few rings. I’m a huge fan of rose gold be­cause I think it blends with the skin the eas­i­est. I ac­tu­ally love wear­ing fine jew­ellery dur­ing the day, but [only] one or two state­ment pieces. I don’t think I’d wear ev­ery­thing at once! You and Sam are no­to­ri­ously pri­vate when it comes to the chil­dren. How do you achieve that, bear­ing in mind the level of press at­ten­tion you both at­tract? It’s def­i­nitely a choice. We love our pri­vacy and, for our chil­dren, we de­cided early on to give them as much pri­vacy as we could. Some­times our re­al­ity is

“I’ve learnt that once you put some­thing out there on the in­ter­net, it’s there for­ever”

dif­fi­cult for Rocket and Racer, but we try hard to pro­tect them. That’s our main fo­cus be­cause [our sons] don’t have a choice. When they’re my age, what will they want to do? I don’t know, but I never want to em­bar­rass them, or do things they wouldn’t like. So pro­tect­ing them seems the best pos­si­ble an­swer. And I’ve learnt from past ex­pe­ri­ence that once you put some­thing out there on the in­ter­net, it’s there for­ever. Even though the Wor­thing­ton fam­ily is based mostly in New York, are the boys be­ing brought up as lit­tle Aus­tralians? They will al­ways have a con­nec­tion to Aus­tralia. It’s just the lit­tle things, like Vegemite, which I travel with any­way. Ini­tially, I thought, “Oh, my god, I must have my first child in Aus­tralia.” But in the end, they were both born in the US and so far, so good. I do love the di­ver­sity here. Rocket has friends from all dif­fer­ent places, and I’m mas­sive on that. In be­tween ev­ery­thing else, you man­age to run The Base, your own cos­met­ics line. Were you al­ways en­tre­pre­neur­ial – that lit­tle girl run­ning the lemon­ade stand? I ac­tu­ally started it be­cause I wanted to learn some­thing I didn’t know. It’s been su­per-ex­cit­ing. I’m a very vis­ual and cre­ative per­son and pas­sion­ate about make-up and beauty. I’ve been lucky to be ex­posed to so many tal­ented make-up artists from my mod­el­ling days; it’s an ex­ten­sion of that. I get in­spired by so many things: the women I meet, the places I go. I’m con­stantly learn­ing. I’ll be learn­ing for­ever.

``i never want to em­bar­rass my chil­dren´´

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