Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

Dayna Devon: I have had a few rough patches in my life, but these last few years have been among the roughest. A few years ago, I left my job as host of the television show Extra. Our parting of ways was completely amicable; they were amazing to me. I had spent over a quarter of my life at that job, and without it, I felt like I had lost my compass. People didn’t know how to introduce me anymore, because in L.A., you are your job. I started taking classes and doing things that I had always wanted to do but couldn’t because I was working. I signed up for a bunch of workout classes, and to my surprise, I realized I was enjoying it. Because I was working out so much, I started looking for more workout clothes and found a lot of redundancy—predictability that was uninspired. That’s when I decided to start my own line.

RP: What inspires you?

DD: People who are following their dreams inspire me. I train at this relatively new gym in West Hollywood called Training Mate. It’s owned by a former Australian football player named Luke Milton. The classes are mostly taught by other Australians that are just like Luke: fit, funny, cute, and approachable. Now they’re talking about opening another location. He will open another location and be successful because he’s following his dream. People like him inspire me because they make me think I can do it too.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

DD: So my husband is a health nut. He’s a plastic surgeon, and over the years, he’s explained to me exactly how important it is to take care of our bodies. It took me years to grasp this concept, but I finally got it, and it’s a lifestyle for me now. When we go to a party, we eat off the veggie tray first before moving on. We always get dressings and sauces on the side. However, we definitely like our glass of wine—or three sometimes. We order dessert but just take a few bites. I stopped buying processed foods. The hardest part is teaching this to our kids, but slowly we’re making progress.

RP: How do you stay balanced?

DD: Finding balance in life is perhaps the greatest challenge of this generation, especially for women. I’ve decided that I need to compartmentalize my life better. From the time my kids get home until after dinner, I put my phone away. If I pick it up, my kids call me on it, and I have to put money in the “phone jar.” When the phone jar gets full, the kids can spend the money on fun family outings, like going to a movie or going to their favorite restaurant. This unplugged time has helped me to be more mindful and give them my full attention.

RP: What projects are you working on?

DD: I’m so unbelievably proud to announce the launch of my new fitness line available online and in select gyms in Los Angeles. These are edgy, fashion-forward fitness pieces that can be worn inside or outside a gym. All the pieces are made from high-tech fabrics right here in Los Angeles. In addition, I have a role in the horror movie The Chosen, written by Barry’s Bootcamp founder Barry Jay. Plus I’m hosting an amazing new reality show that is set to debut in spring 2015.

Dayna Devon is an award-winning journalist and the longest-running host of the nationally syndicated entertainment news program Extra. She has launched her own line of activewear called Dayna Devon.


Photo: Charles “Chaz” Rodriguez

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