Some figures in Hollywood – where Hollywood means the entertainment industry of the United States of America – transcend humanity and are seemingly known by everyone. Well, at least everyone with a television set at least connected to basic cable programming, a knack for reading magazines and newspaper, or computer connected to the Internet. One of these transcendent figures in show business is Ryan Seacrest.
Mr. Seacrest’s career launched into warp drive after the first few episodes of American Idol’s first season, back when Randy Jackson – “I don’t know, dog” – Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell were the original three judges of Fox’s popular competitive TV series. However, Seacrest never jumped ship from his role on American Idol, staying true to the series instead of leaving in favor of more money and buzz generated in popular media. As such, he became host in the second season – promoted from co-host, the position he held throughout season one – and remained host through Fox’s cancellation of the show in its 15th season in 2016.
Since, ABC picked up American Idol and invited back Ryan Seacrest, who serves in the dual role of content co-creator and host. He’s also busy with his radio show called On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
Butterflies come from caterpillars; Ryan Seacrest came from the caterpillar of his former self
The Men’s Journal interview with Mr. Ryan Seacrest revealed that Ryan was obese as a child. He didn’t exercise. Ryan didn’t play outside. His appetite had grown out of control. The middle-schooler stole food around the house. His mom could only find clothes that fit in the “husky” aisles. He wore shirts in pools, while his peers teased him.
All of these things made him feel horrible about his body, mind, potential for success. That’s why he started shedding pounds at age 18. He moved to L.A. at 19, leaving his home state of Georgia as the ugly, obese caterpillar he once was in favor of the butterfly he’s been over the past 25-plus years.
Seacrest said on Forbes that his exercise goals were accomplished by adopting the motto “do what I’m doing,” meaning to focus only on tasks at hand and blocking the future and past out of his mind as best he could. He still thinks this way today.