Posted December 15, 2008 by Adam Toren in Blogs

Getting "Urban" With Fiona

fiona-4-done1-copyViewers love her. In rankings for the most popular TV host she is still on top. In her 12-year career, Fiona Forbes has, along with Michael Eckford, received five Leo Awards and been nominated for five more. In an interview for Vancouver View, Fiona confirms that television is a huge part of her life-but it doesn’t totally consume her.

Vancouver View: Let’s go back in time-did little Fiona always dream of a career in television?

Fiona Forbes: Not at all! I was the shyest kid you could imagine-total dork, too! I was so shy I would have never imagined I would have the nerve to do what I do now for one day, never mind for my career!

VV: You have been co-hosting Urban Rush with Michael for 12 years. Who came up with that combination?

FF: Someone way smarter than us who has a great eye for what works in TV paired me and Michael together. His name is Manuel Fonseca and he’s still making great television here in Vancouver. There was a huge casting call for our show; Michael and I never auditioned together, but Manuel thought Michael and I would have some good chemistry. I guess he was right, because after all these years, somehow we’re still on TV!

VV: And who is actually in charge on the air?

FF: It depends on what day it is! I think the reason why Michael and I work well together is because we both have our strengths. I definitely am the retentive hyper-organized one. As far as interviews go-I definitely rule the fashion ones and the sports segments are all up to him!

VV: With all the time you spend together, do you ever drive each other crazy?

FF: Mike and I share an office, so we have a ton of time to drive each other crazy! Mikey can be a little bit (okay, maybe a lot) on the loud side. I know I drive him nuts with my questionable musical choices-I’m one of those people who loves a song and will listen to it 1,000 times in a row and then never want to hear it again. Usually, it’s the kind of music Mike wouldn’t listen to once!

VV: What sort of personality would you find it difficult to work with?

fiona-3-done1_copy-copyFF: Anyone who takes themselves too seriously.
VV: You must have had quite a few bloopers on the show-any special mentions?

FF: Soooooo many! I once introduced the band “Cake” as “Cock.” The next year when I interviewed them again, they greeted me with “Oh, you’re the cock girl!” Nice.

VV: You two spend a lot of time together. Any complaints over lack of attention from your loved ones?

FF: Not at all. Anyone who would be jealous of the relationship between me and Mike would be someone who really doesn’t know or understand us. We’re totally like brother and sister!

VV: Time taken away from family and friends is part of the price you pay due to popularity. How do you find time for family?

FF: I always find time for my friends and family. I would go nuts if I didn’t!

VV: As a young and attractive celebrity, you must receive a lot of requests to participate in charity events, red carpet events, etc.!

FF: I get so many requests to participate in so many great events-sometimes it’s hard to say no! I try to emcee or attend as many events as I can, but if I went to them all I’d never spend a night at home!

VV: We see you daily on our TV screens, but know so little about your private life. Can I convince you to tell us a little about yourself?
FF: I guess one of the holdovers from being a shy kid is that I’ve never been comfortable talking about myself-I think that’s why I’m usually the interviewer and not the interviewee!

VV: Are you just as bubbly and energetic in person as you are on the show?

FF: I’m definitely myself in front of the camera, but I can be pretty mellow at times. I’m not one to go home and play “talk show” for fun!

VV: Besides television, what interests you?

FF: Fashion has always been a passion for me…that’s why I had such a great time doing this shoot for the View! Wearing Gucci all day does not feel like work! I grew up riding horses and that has always been one of my favourite things to do-though these days I don’t do it often enough. I also try to travel wherever and whenever I can!

VV: What sort of man captivates your attention?

FF: Smart, confident, and funny ones! Oh and tall…must meet the minimum height requirement to hang out with me!fiona1-done1_copy-copy

VV: For that one and only Prince Charming, are you ever willing to morph into Nigella Lawson, the goddess of the kitchen?

FF: Oh absolutely! Prince Charming cannot live on Kraft Dinner alone!

VV: What is your favourite dish to prepare?

FF: I’m not really one to follow recipes (which can be both a good and a bad thing!) Italian food is one of my favourite things-I’m not too bad at whipping up some yummy pasta dishes on the fly. I also love making Indian food-all my friends call it “Irish Curry” when I make it…must be the potatoes!

One of my favourite things to make is Chicken with Goat Cheese. I have no idea where the original recipe came from, but a friend made it for me years ago. It’s super quick and easy!

Mince 10-12 cloves of garlic (make sure your friends eat it too or you will kill them with your garlic breath!) and sauté in two tablespoons of olive oil until lightly golden (don’t burn it or it’ll taste weird!). Put into bowl and mix in about 12 ounces of goat cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste, one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, and some fresh julienned basil leaves. Then sauté some chicken breasts (the cheese makes enough for about 5-6 servings) in olive oil until golden on both sides and just about cooked through. Put in a casserole dish and top each breast with the cheese mixture and keep it in a warm oven. Then just throw about a half cup of balsamic (get the good kind-it makes a huge difference) into the pan you cooked the chicken in, deglaze and reduce until syrupy. Swirl in about two tablespoons of butter and serve on top of the chicken.

VV: Do you enjoy relaxing at home?

FF: I excel at it! Love chilling and watching movies on my big screen TV!

VV: What is your home like?

FF: I’m lucky enough to live by the beach and have an amazing view of the mountains and ocean. You can’t be in a bad mood when you look outside and see so much beauty!

VV: And finally-I’m curious as to how you picture your retirement…

FF: I have never thought about it…On a beach somewhere with that smart, confident, funny and very tall Prince Charming I was describing earlier!

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Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.