This much I know: Karen Koster

THE harder you work, the luckier you get. That’s my motto.

If you think you’re famous, you’re probably not. Fame is fickle! Plus it doesn’t really exist in Ireland in its true form. There’s probably about five famous people in the country if we’re really honest. You know, like bodyguard famous.

The best thing about doing live TV is the instant gratification. If you have a good day at work, you see the results at 6pm. Plus my folks get to see what I got up to that day, and not many people can say that.

My trickiest on-air moment so far was asking Nicolas Cage about his Catholic upbringing. He cut me off right away and I thought he’d ended our filming. He allowed us to carry on, though. Me, I went purple and sweated my way through the rest of the interview.

You don’t need a lot of time to decompress after talking about Cheryl Cole’s hair for the afternoon. Our work is fast-paced, but it’s lighthearted. I’m very good at switching off. Probably too good. Once I hang up the mic and take off the heels, I’m ready to plan my night.

If I could change one thing in our society — I’d bring in a three-day weekend.

The most important trait for a TV presenter is warmth. You mightn’t notice it when it’s there, but when it’s not, you know all about it.

My earliest memory is the taste of drinking tea out of my bottle. We started on the Lyons very young in our household.

I believe in God. I’m not so good at going to Mass these days but I do try and say a prayer at night. Usually a quick “thank you”.

My first paid job was working as a receptionist in my Dad’s traditional barbershop, Knights of the Green. Growing up I wanted to be a coffee shop owner, run a clothes shop or have a corner shop.

I tear up very easily. The last time I cried was yesterday. At something on the TV.

Best day at work was meeting the cast of Sex and the City. They were even better in real life than I’d imagined.

I enjoy being a public figure but even that sentence makes me cringe. It’s great that the job allows you access to people and places that you read about in magazines, but it’s a bit surreal if someone recognises me. Especially for my family.

If you’re considering a career in presenting you should learn as much as possible about what goes on behind the camera first. That will make you a better broadcaster. My three years as a researcher on Ireland AM was basically like college for me.

I’m health conscious but only in theory. And only really on Mondays. I eat well at the start of a week, but then the carbs and fried food find me as the weekend nears.

If I won the lotto I’d pay off my mortgage, buy a house in Dalkey, bribe my producer to give me three months off, then go on a mammoth holiday, starting in South Africa, and ending in Las Vegas.

The best beauty secrets are the simple ones. Drink lots of water and sleep as much as you can.

Kate Middleton gets my vote for world’s most stylish. I just covered the royal wedding. She’s rocking it at the moment, and she’s only going to get better.

The best advice I’ve been given is to keep smiling. No matter how badly something is going, if you look like you’re having the time of your life, people think you’re just about getting away with it.

I don’t think the Irish appetite for celebrity will dwindle due to the recession. We need the escapism offered by celebrity stories.

I’d love to be as funny as Ellen De Generes. And I wish I could incorporate a daily dance routine like hers into my time on Xposé.

Karen Koster is the main anchor for the primetime entertainment news show, Xposé, broadcast on TV3, every weekday evening.

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