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Television presenter Shelley Craft takes the jetsetting lifestyle in her stride, reports Zoe Nauman
SHELLEY Craft has been branded the hardest- working woman on TV. She has also been labelled a super mum, constantly flying up and down the country with her seven- month- old daughter Eadie to fulfil her roles as a presenter of The Block and Australia’s Funniest Home Videos.
But the 20- year veteran of the small screen says she’s undeserving of both titles.
‘‘ I certainly know I have it easier than most. I’m just a mum. I think every mum is a super mum,’’ she says.
‘‘ It’s a wonderful, wonderful job, and you are blessed if you can have a family and children. As for me – I only have two ( children) at the moment; ask me when I have 10, then I’ll say if I’m a super mum.’’
Having just completed filming of The Block All Stars, Craft, 36, starts another season working on the hit show in Melbourne in a couple of weeks.
This involves flying from her base in Byron Bay down to the set, with her baby daughter, and also squeezing in a trip to Sydney once a fortnight to present Australia’s Funniest Home Videos.
‘‘ I think people would think I was fairly crazy for the amount of things that I do, and it looks like I am extraordinarily busy,’’ she says. ‘‘ I do work incredible hours, but it’s very well paced.’’
While filming All Stars, Craft returned to Byron every other afternoon to join husband Christian Sergiacomi and 2 ½ - year- old daughter Milla.
‘‘ If I could get the work done in a day, then obviously I would. I have always been on the road and at airports, it is just part of my life.
‘‘ For some people it would be incredibly daunting and a little bit mad, but for me, if I am not on a plane every other week I think I have forgotten to do something.
‘‘ It will probably change as the girls get older and have to be a bit more settled.’’
While Craft travels up and down the country, husband Sergiacomi, who worked on previous series of The Block, runs their company, The Builders App, and enjoys daddy- daughter time with Milla.
‘‘ At the moment she is in kindy and she loves that. Serge and Milla have a lovely relationship and it’s great to see they have that strength,’’ Craft says.
She says working on The Block All Stars was different to her previous experiences on The Block.
‘‘ They had a shorter timespan, and being all stars there was a lot of work for them to do,’’ Craft says.
With contestants hamstrung by a heritage code, ‘‘ it wasn’t just renovation, it was a restoration, and that was something I don’t think any of them expected’’, Craft says.
‘‘ The contestants came in with a lot more knowledge of what All Stars was going to be; I think it was different.’’
THE BLOCK ALL STARS
WIN, premieres tomorrow, 7pm
BLOCK PARTY: The Block co- host Shelley Craft.