Alex Mcleod
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Alex McLeod


Q:What does a TV Host do in a typical day?
A:It's a day spent entirely in motion. I am constantly on the go; working in the TV industry, attending Hollywood functions, traveling to exotic locales, creating new recipes and volunteering in my community.

Q:Why don't you answer all of your fan mail?
A:Unfortunately, my busy schedule does not leave me enough spare time to answer each and every one of your fabulous fan letters. So, I have dedicated this entire page to you, the fabulous fans.


Q:Okay, have you modified your face and body in any way that your fans should know about?
A:My eye color, my bod, and my facial features are 100% me. It's in the genes I guess.

Q:What's the secret behind your skin?
A:Runaway plastic surgery, botox and fillers are not my thing. I opt to invest in high quality preventative aging products. Removing makeup before sleeping and freshening up makeup products as they expire is always best. Healthy living does not hurt either!

Q:What's in the McLeod makeup bag?
A:Everything! You will find foundation with spf, an eyelash comb for the mascara clumps, liquid eye liner, mineralized pressed powder and bronzer - to name a few.

Q:Any female friendly celebrity makeup tips you can share?
A:The Hollywood pros tell me to apply eye makeup completely before applying makeup to the face. This will keep your face clean of any excess shadow. I do not have lip injections so for a fuller pout - lip liner is essential. My makeup artists make sure my lip liner and lipstick are well matched in color. And for a red carpet glow, they advise me to exfoliate both the skin on my face before applying foundation and the skin on my bod before getting a spray tan.

Q:Do Hollywood blondes really have more fun?
A:I have been blonde, red, and black but my hair is naturally brown. I would say brunettes have the most fun!

Q:How do you tame the McLeod mane?
A:I have a superabundance of straight hair. To keep it in check, my hair stylist cuts the length of my hair into long layers so my hair has movement and then cuts shorter layers to frame my face. I use the best salon products available as my hair is one of my biggest indulgences!

Q:Do you highlight your hair?
A:Yes it is a three step process. My colorist first applies my base color, followed by "tone on tone" highlights and then for extra shine she ends with a gloss. I try to highlight every other month and in between we do deep conditioning masks and scalp treatments to protect the texture of my hair. I do not have extensions so being mindful of excessive coloring and heat is key.

Q:What's your biggest beauty indulgence?
A:Definitely my collection of professional salon blow dryers. I have one for every continent.


Q:How can I get a body by McLeod?
A:It's a combination of eating healthy and being very active. For my lower bod, it's all about running, hiking, and mountain biking. For my upper bod, it's all about lifting weights and ab crunches. Even on vacation I try to stay active by swimming, surfing, taking a local walking tour or pilates class.

Q:Do you follow fad diets?
A:No, my diet is the common sense diet. I do not deprive myself of any foods but I do try to avoid soft drinks, fast food, and processed foods. I rarely eat meat, but I am big on seafood, fruits, and vegetables. I also try to eat vegetarian when possible.

Q:Do you ever relax?
A:Not really! But cooking is one way I unwind. The cookbooks I have broken the bindings on lately are Todd English's Cooking In Everyday, Southern Living's Big Book of BBQ, Martin Shanahan's Fishy Fishy, Marie Oser's The Enlightened Kitchen, and Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home.

Q:What would you say is the McLeod health mantra?
A:Health is Wealth. If you have your health you can accomplish anything in life.


Q:What do you think of the current state of reality TV?
A:As a viewer, I much prefer shows that uplift and enlighten me and that give the participants the opportunity to pursue their dreams than those that exploit and go for shock value. As a host, I really wish reality based performers and crew members were treated more fairly in the workplace and could enjoy the benefits that come with working on union television programs. Things have got to change if the reality genre is to survive and evolve.

Q:Do you miss Trading Spaces?
A:I most certainly miss interacting with my cast mates and the homeowners, shooting the "Alex Cam" and having all those great decorating ideas at my fingertips. I especially miss the TS fans, but through the magic of re-runs on TLC and DVD sales, I will always be there for you!


Q:What's your ideal TV project?
A:I have always thought your vocation should be your vacation. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for groundbreaking TV concepts, book projects, and product lines that align with my love of exotic travel, fashion, fitness, cooking, and you guessed it, decorating! My ideal TV project is a show that embraces the most heroic and noble of human endeavor.

Q:What do you see yourself doing in ten years?
A:I see myself as an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and possibly married.

Q:So, what are you doing next?
A:Stay tuned to this website and find out!

Special thanks to website fan Q & A consultant, Kate Federowicz.

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