Kate The Great

Women's Health South Africa|June 2020

Kate The Great
Buckle up: the actress, entrepreneur and mom-of-three is firing on all cylinders – and spilling her secrets for balancing a crazy schedule with getting fit and staying happy
Jessica Herndon

It’s Friday morning and the 41-year-old is sipping a cup of black coffee in her office as she details her grand plan to build a bustling business empire. She’s already off to an impressive start: her portfolio currently includes two clothing lines, athleisure-focused Fabletics and sustainable, ready-to-wear brand HappyxNature; Hail Mary Productions, her film and TV company; and the newly launched spirits brand King St. Vodka. That last venture was inspired by a recent endorsement ask that got Kate thinking. “Why am I going to endorse something if I can build a business that’s more mindful and more sustainable?” she says. “That’s kind of where my head is – building business.”

A true mogul in the making, Kate doesn’t like to sit idle – but please don’t call her a workaholic. While she enjoys the hustle, the actress, entrepreneur and mom (to sons Ryder and Bingham and daughter Rani Rose) knows she has to be careful not to take on too much. “If I come in nine-to-five, do all my work and shut off my phone, I can have a balanced life,” she says. “I try not to let work spill into time with the kids, dinnertime and in bed.”

To be clear, finding that much-needed equilibrium has required some finesse. Take, for example, Kate’s goal to get fit following the birth of her daughter. Less than two months after delivery, the star took to Instagram to post a picture of herself in a sports bra and leggings and set a goal of shedding 11kg by the spring through exercise and healthy eating – while still working and making time for her kids, her man (content creator/editor boyfriend Danny Fujikawa) and her girlfriends. How did her attempt at striking the ultimate balance go? “Not as planned,” she admits, sinking into the powder-blue couch across from her desk.

Dropping the pregnancy weight this time around was a longer, tougher process than after she had her sons. “Unlike with the other two, I didn’t really have time to work out,” she says. “It took a different kind of discipline.” With fewer hours to sweat, Kate relied on stricter eating habits, a by-product of her partnership with Weight Watchers (now WW). Kate acknowledges she’s not the typical WW spokesperson, but she aligned with the company’s rebranding, which focuses on health and wellness as a lifestyle. She’s since learnt a lot about portion control via the programme’s point system, which assigns a numerical value to foods based on sugar, carbs, protein and other factors. Now, she says, “I feel good, energetic and strong. I feel like myself again.”

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