'Maybe I Broke The Logies?': Chrissie Swan Opened Up About Her 2011 Gold Nomination
In her first major interview in almost five years, Chrissie Swan revealed what the 'I'm A Celebrity' jungle taught her, and reflected on her 2011 Gold Logie nomination.
Speaking to Stellar Magazine, Swan mentioned feeling like she had "broken" the Logies in 2011 when she was nominated for Most Popular New Female Talent (which she won), Most Popular Presenter and the Gold Logie.
Swan was nominated for the big award of the night alongside Asher Keddie, Rebecca Gibney, Jessica Marais, Adam Hills and that year's winner, Karl Stefanovic.
After the nominees were announced, Eddie McGuire lashed out -- referring to the former Circle talk show panellist as "the dumb kid in class".
"You know when you vote for the dumb kid in the class to be the class captain just to gee up the teachers," McGuire said, "We don't want to get that going".
Swan admitted she didn't even consider that she'd ever win, telling Confidential back in 2011 that she wasn't even planning to prepare an acceptance speech.
In the Stellar interview, the 46-year-old said, "Maybe I broke the Logies?"
"There's a dark horse for the Gold Logie every year now," she continued, "I must have been the first. I agree it was odd; I had no control over it. But so what?
"People vote for somebody and they get nominated. Eddie couldn’t understand it, but The Circle was really important to a lot of people. It was like a lifeline for them."
A huge turning point for Swan's career, and how she approaches work now, came when she joined I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2015, placing third behind Freddie Flintoff and Barry Hall.
Her time on the show is infamous for her heartwrenching reunion with her son Leo in the camp which is practically impossible to watch without tearing up.
After spending years jumping from project to project, Swan said the jungle was a time of reflection she desperately needed.
"The 12 years previous to going on that show had been unbelievable," she said. "I met someone, had three kids, went from completely unknown copywriter living in a flat in Hawthorn to covers of magazines and five jobs at a time, plus all the kids in there.
"I never stopped working. I never had more than five weeks’ maternity leave. Those years had been complete chaos. I don’t know how I did it."
Spending weeks in the jungle forced Swan to slow down. "It was really hard but also life-changing," she admitted. "I got to untangle what I wanted and how I wanted my life to go instead of doing everything. I was so busy I never thought 'no' was an option.
"When I got out of that period of no phone, no email, no requests, nothing -- I've got goosebumps thinking about it all these years on -- I changed everything. I do one job. And I parent. And that is actually enough," she said.
You can read the full interview here or in the most recent issue of Stellar.
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