Could 2015 be the year Carrie Bickmore breaks her Gold Logie drought?
NEW mum Carrie Bickmore has never been one to get carried away by the glamour of showbiz.
But she also knows it’s part of the game, which is why, less than seven weeks after giving birth to her second child – a gorgeous daughter named Evie – Bickmore will step back into the spotlight tonight on the Logies red carpet.
“I am not sure any new mum would choose their first proper outing since having a baby to be a black-tie event, but I guess it’ll be nice to be out of my trackies for a night,” the down-to-earth Bickmore, 34, says.
“I have picked an outfit that will hopefully be comfortable AND glamorous.
“I feel sorry for my stylist Nat and designer Paulo Sebastian. I am sure it’s been hard for them to get a dress ready at such short notice, but Paulo is amazing.
“It’s been a long time since I wore high heels. Thongs were the only shoes my swollen feet would fit in towards the end of my pregnancy. I’m sure they’ll come off under the table pretty quickly.”
It’s the popular The Project presenter’s fourth Gold Logie nomination. While fans would argue she’s long overdue to take the prize, Bickmore, who won the Logie for most popular new talent in 2010, maintains “just being in the mix is lovely”.
“It is just as exciting being in the running for Gold a fourth time as it was the first.”
Of the show which has netted her those four nominations, Bickmore says it feels like home. And she’s developed a fresh appreciation for it while she’s been off on maternity leave.
“The Project is very much home for me, and I hope it feels like that for many families every night,” she says. “I have had the pleasure of watching it while cooking and looking after the kids [Bickmore also has a son, Ollie, whose father, Bickmore’s husband Greg Lange, died of brain cancer in 2010] while on maternity leave and it’s such a friendly, comforting presence in your lounge room.
“We have very loyal viewers and I hope they can see we love what we do each and every night.”
Bickmore announced her pregnancy on air – catching even her co-hosts by surprise. “We didn’t spend too long dwelling on how to share the news. Chris [Bickmore’s partner Chris Walker] and I just wanted to be in control of how we told everyone. I love a bit of spontaneity and I thought it would be a fun way to do it.”
Bickmore says there’s no Logies plan of attack with Evie in the mix tonight. “Chris and I have no idea how the night will pan out,” she says. “My mum is looking after Evie, Chris and I will take turns checking in on her.”
Bickmore seems to have been reminded afresh that the trappings of TV are no substitute for a happy and healthy family.
“Thanks for the Gold Logie votes. Told Evie about the nomination and this was the response I got,” she posted on Instagram with a picture of her peacefully sleeping daughter.
She’s enjoying hanging at home with her kids.“I am loving getting to do school pick-up and being around for all the stories at dinner time,” Bickmore says.
“Ollie is loving have a sister. He tells her every day she will be his best friend. Obviously adding a new baby in the mix is challenging, but she is doing great and eating and sleeping most of the time, which is all you can hope for.
“I am back on The Project in June and looking forward to seeing the team and getting back to doing what I love. It’ll be tricky at first co-ordinating everything, but we’ll get there.” 57TH ANNUAL TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS
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