In NewsWhistle’s weekly question-and-answer series, Clara Morgan speaks with some of the world’s top influencers and finds out more about their lives and careers.
This week, Clara speaks with TV personality and actress Rachel Heller. A fixture in New York society, she is a graduate of Columbia University and also studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.
Recently, she became a member of a panel on Fox New York’s morning show Good Day New York, where she discusses red carpet happenings from the major entertainment awards ceremonies.
Additionally, she has had roles in major motion pictures including Arbitrage starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, A Holiday Heist, Holy Rollers with Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha, Meskada starring Nick Stahl and Kellan Lutz, Trophy Kids, and Innocence.
1. If you could meet anyone in the world, who do you want to meet? And why?
If I could have met anyone in the world it would have been actress Audrey Hepburn! I would have loved to hear her thoughts on fashion and to have had the opportunity to see if we would get along well since I have always admired her.
2. Who influences your personal style? What about their style piques your interest?
My style is not inspired by any individual person or designer. I am pretty much my own stylist. I wear a lot of accessories. I believe that a great bracelet can tie even a simple outfit together and give it some personality. A lady can never have enough bags or shoes and I love a high heel.
3. Proudest career moment? What was it about that moment that made it so special?
My most challenging career moment was also one of my most exciting, which was when I discussed fashion at the 2016 Golden Globes for Fox Five on New York’s Morning Show Good Day New York with Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto. For the show, I had to review all the dresses worn by the actresses on the red carpet and be up to date on all pop culture.
4. What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion to me is just a way for me to express myself! Think that everyone’s first impression of you is of course personality, but attraction also comes into play. I believe that if one dresses with individuality, it can help one have success in both career and personal life. I love to feel good whether I am leaving the house for an audition, a meeting, or just for a walk to get coffee. You should always look your best as you never know who you may run into.
5. If you were not a TV personality and actress, what would you want to be and why?
If I was not a TV personality and actress, I would ride horses. I rode dressage growing up and have such a strong love for horses. I sometimes think I can relate to horses more than people. I always loved cooking as well, though I am too impatient to cook.
6. Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I hopefully will have a horse again and a home in the country. Perhaps I may have a place in Los Angeles. I want to be married to the man of my dreams, but that may just be in fairy tales. I have been so busy that I have not much time to do all that I wish. I have to enjoy every minute of life and I am working on living in the moment.
Career-wise, in five years I want to have a spot on a talk show and perhaps appear in a few more movies. I have always wanted to star in an action movie.
7. Best international dining experience you’ve ever had? Where was it? What was the most memorable dish during the meal?
The best international dining experience was in Dubai. I am not sure it was so much the dining experience, but the views from the top of the Jeremiah that made the meal taste so good. I love overlooking grand cities and tasting different cuisines.
8. Favorite vacation spot and hotel?
My favorite vacation spot is the French Polynesian Islands, I definitely want to go back there. I particularly loved Pearl Beach Hotel in Bora Bora, the serenity and peacefulness by the water was extremely enjoyable.
My favorite hotel–that is a hard one. I love the Bulgari hotels, particularly the one in Milan. I went there during the summer, when the city is quiet and basically shut down, making it a great time to go shopping. I also loved Villa D’este in Lake Como; I loved the corner room I got with a terrace.
9. Which three items must you always have in your purse? Why are those items so important to you?
A pair sunglasses is a must, strong peppermints such as Altoids because I like to have fresh breath and they just taste refreshing and open up my taste buds, and lip stains from YSL in case I am wearing no makeup.
10. What song can you listen to on repeat?
I like to listen to Alessia Cara, and her song “River of Tears” is wonderful. I think she is a great talent and I loved her ever since I discovered her music. She is such a together girl and she is very honest and sincere way beyond her years at only 19.
Lead-In Image Courtesy of Rachel Heller