What Tessa did next
HER HEALTH STORY MOVED THE NATION, BUT THE NEXT CHAPTER HAS ALREADY STARTED. INTRODUCING TESSA JAMES – ACTOR, COFFEE JUNKIE, RUNNER, PARENT AND FIGHTER
More than three years in remission from cancer, much-loved actress Tessa James talks fitness, family and more
WWhile our photographer sets up at a studio in Sydney, Tessa James is surrounded by an “aw”-ing stylist, agent and WH staffer. Reason? She’s proudly showing us photos of her son Saynt on the flight to Oz from LA where, as of early 2018, she and husband Nate Myles (of now-retired NRL fame) have been based with their nine-month-old. The scene reflects a new chapter for the much-loved Melbourne-born actor, who’s nailed stage and screen in shows including Home and Away and Love Child and is now making her name in the US. In late February, two months after giving birth to her son, the 27-yearold marked three years in remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system with which she was diagnosed aged 23. Tessa has spoken before about her and Nate’s tough decision not to delay her cancer treatment in order to undergo fertility procedures and freeze her eggs, so hearing her in mum mode now feels even more poignant. “[My son] looks exactly like my husband, but he’s me in that he just goes from 0 to 100 and then straight back down again and crashes,” she laughs. Tessa’s easygoing energy is fuelled by her love of coffee, sure, but also her focus on nutrition, fitness and family, as well an appreciation that life can change in an instant. As she reveals here, it’s all just part of the journey. NEW MUM
“[Nate and I] love parenthood. People tell you so many things and you hear things, but you never really know until you do something.
It’s the best thing that’s happened to us and we are really enjoying it. You know, it’s hard, but it’s a great challenge. It’s amazing seeing this little person that you created grow up and learn things and see things for the first time. [Saynt’s] getting quite active. He loves his sleep but goes hard during the day. It’s working those things out, which is really fun.”