Rick Campanelli – Canada’s Entertainment Host
Best known as a powerhouse host for Canada’s most influential newsmagazine entertainment program — ET Canada — Rick Campanelli is one of our nation’s greatest celebrity interviewers.
From the show’s inception to its 10th anniversary back in September, Rick has captivated audiences with his charisma and unique interview style. In this issue of On the Go, we turn the microphone around to get to know the man behind the latest scoop.
Your original career path was going to be a gym teacher. We know that you love soccer, are you still into sports? How do you have time?
Yes, I’ve always had a passion for physical fitness and health. I was a very energetic kid and tried my hand at every sport possible. With my crazy schedule, I find it hard to commit to joining a competitive sports team, but I did up until last summer when I played soccer on a team with my two older brothers.
Unfortunately I tore my right calf muscle, which has slowed me down a little. My idea of being active these days is going to the park with my wife and sons to shoot hoops, play a round of kickball or ride our bikes!
You started in the Music Entertainment with Much, and then got an opportunity to work with ET Canada and now are the co-host of Canada’s biggest entertainment show. If you had to choose between music entertainment and TV/ movies, which would you choose?
I feel like that’s a tough question because music is universal and speaks to everyone. Music was my first passion when I entered the entertainment industry, and I was so fortunate to win the contest at MuchMusic 20 years ago.
But as I moved on in my career and transitioned into the co-host of ET Canada I got the opportunity to interview both actors and musicians blending the best of both worlds. There are times where I have interviewed Foo Fighters and John Travolta in the same week. How many people can say that!
What is your favourite part of working with ET Canada?
There are too many to only name one. First and foremost, the team I work with is the best in the business — they really are my TV family! We are a group of professionals who just want to create the best TV possible night after night.
I also love interviewing people — no matter what they do, no matter who they are, I love asking questions and finding out what we don’t know about them. Lastly, but by no means least, I love travelling the world and exploring new cities, countries, cultures and regions that I’ve never travelled to before. Most recently I travelled to Ireland to visit the set of the History® series Vikings which was very exciting!
What is some of your favourite interviews you have done? and Why?
Some of my favourite interviews at ET Canada are the ones that just feel like conversations and I get people to open up and let their guard down and be candid.
Those are the times that you have the best interviews and capture the magical moments that audiences love. I also enjoy interviewing the legends and icons who have been doing it for decades because you get some amazing stories from them that took place yesteryear.
Whenever you learn something new about a person, that for me is a marker of a great interview.
You are a new dad again! How has the first year been going? In what ways is your experience as a parent different from when your first son, Noah, was a newborn?
Yes, I have two wonderful boys now. Noah is almost 10 and Jack is seven months.
Jack is all smiles and laughs now that he is past the colic stage — that was a very difficult first three months for my wife and I — more difficult for my wife because she’s with Jack every minute of every day. She’s the most patient, dedicated mom I’ve ever seen. Being a dad the second time around is an amazing feeling.
I’m enjoying the experience all over again — even changing diapers! The one main difference is my energy level — I’m not 35 anymore. Jack still isn’t mobile but I can just imagine how he’ll be keeping me busy once he finds his legs … I can’t wait!