Maria Menounos

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Maria

Some of you may know me from my work in the entertainment world. However, I started my career at Channel One News, a news outlet beamed directly into high school classrooms, daily. It was basically a CNN for teens where many journalists like Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling began their careers. I got to interview President Bush, cover the election, travel to Africa to report on the AIDS epidemic as well as to El Salvador to cover the earthquakes and so much more. About a year and a half into that, Entertainment Tonight hired me to report for the main show and host ET on MTV. I’ve hosted/reported for Access Hollywood, Extra, E! News, The Today show, NBC Nightly News, acted in shows like One Tree Hill and The Mindy Project, movies like The Fantastic Four, Kickin’ It Old Skool, written New York Times bestselling books like the “Every Girl’s Guide To Life,” wrestled at Wrestlemania, hosted the official Oscar pre-show, Fox NYE with Steve Harvey, performed and hosted at Eurovision and the list goes on.

Growing up, I spoke Greek first so I was always behind in my reading comprehension. Today I’m grateful that my parents pressed me to hold onto our native language as my dad would never let me speak English in the house! In my fun facts, you will learn some other little secrets but what I didn’t mention was how determined I was as a young girl. To this point, my mom says I started walking at around 8 months. I have always wanted to ‘get to it!’ Even while attending Emerson college and living in a brownstone dorm in the heart of Boston, I couldn’t wait to get the heck out. I wanted to go and live my dream. At the time, I was dating my now husband Keven, and he would chuckle at how ready I was. I remember him asking me why I wanted to make it so bad. Now this may sound like a pageant answer, and by the way, I won a pageant (Miss Massachusetts Teen USA) by saying that my most prized possession was my dad’s hugs (cue the judges and audience crying). But it was true, and so was this – “I want to give my parents the life they never had.” Truth is, I watched my parents struggle hard. Cleaning multiple nightclubs, apartment buildings and offices. My dad was sick with Type 1 Diabetes and because of the language barrier, I believe it was harder for him and my mom to figure it out. He never cheated with sugar, but he was so afraid of eating high carbs or sugars of any kind combined with all the physical labor he was doing, that his blood sugars would constantly drop to dangerously low levels. He slipped into many low blood sugar comas and was very close to death on more than one occasion. Our lives revolved around keeping him alive. We literally all lived in daily fear with EMTs constantly at the house rushing him to the hospital only for him to rip IVs out and go back to work. Nothing stopped him from work. Something I learned and repeated.Along the way, my dad, upon learning Keven and I were dating, disowned me because he wasn’t Greek. It was a terrible time but I had to set my boundaries. No one was going to tell me who to love. It’s my life. So for almost two years, I was shunned. My mom would still talk to me, God bless her, but my dad and I were in a stalemate. Who would give? Eventually he did. And he apologized. Now we joke that he loves Keven more than me! And he has somehow survived and accepted the fact that we didn’t get married until after 20 years of being together and we have still yet to produce grandchildren! Imagine that. (Even though I’m obedient, I’m a rebel. Listen to my Deepak Chopra episode about polarity-we are everything. Obedient and rebellious. Mean and kind. So fascinating and liberating once you understand! https://youtu.be/O-w6J5xCJlM)All this to say, there were a lot of painful moments mixed with my dreams coming true. It was confusing but I just kept rolling with it. For me, the real dream came true when I bought my parents their first car (I have audio of my mom seeing it pull into their driveway with a big bow and her voice screaming “oh my God”), buying them a house, bringing them everywhere (like Jimmy Kimmel’s show or The Ellen DeGeneres Show or the red carpet). For me, none of it was worth anything without them to enjoy it with.Friends, life changes in an instant. I remember hosting on the set of E! News laughing and giggling one day and the next getting the call from my dad that my mom was airlifted to a hospital with a brain tumor. My life changed that day, and continued to change in more ways than I would have ever imagined. Mom was officially diagnosed with Glioblastoma, stage four brain cancer. I immediately jumped into producer/quarterback mode and got my mom set with neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black at Cedars , oncologist Dr. Jeremy Rudnick and Dr. Amin Mirhadi On radiology. It was terrifying and the statistics were even scarier but I was focused on figuring this out and keeping her alive.Months later, after suffering from massive headaches, ear pain and slurred speech, I too was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A benign one called a meningioma. What are the odds? Well, the top brain tumor researcher said it was like lightning striking twice in the same place. No genetic connection. So life got even crazier as I, too, had to have brain surgery with Dr. Keith black and on my birthday, no less.I saw it all as a rebirth. I needed to change my life. I had been an overworked workaholic who took care of everyone but myself and it was time for changes. My show “Better Together with Maria Menounos” was born to help me and my mom, and anyone who wanted to come on the journey to get better in all areas of life. In particular, I focused on the areas I believe we needed the most: how to heal from traumas and anxiety, how to redefine success so we don’t kill ourselves in pursuit of it, how to learn to say no, how to be compassionate with ourselves, how to re-raise ourselves, how to know we are enough etc. It’s a journey that has helped my life immensely, and from what I hear from our audience, it’s doing the same for them as well.This all has led me to this higher purpose: one of healing and helping. I’m grateful for my tumor because I see it as the gift that released me from a life I didn’t want anymore but didn’t know how to get out of. Now, I hope I can help others do the same without getting a tumor or any other illness, disease or ailment.As for my greatest achievement, after being a Type A, overachiever my whole life and having accomplished a lot of cool things in the entertainment world and beyond, I have to say it has been, and will always be, taking care of my mom and helping her beat the odds. With glioblastoma, you usually hear 6-12 months. My mom got almost five years and had many wonderful experiences. She would still be here if she hadn’t gotten COVID which prevented her from receiving further cancer treatments. Everyone has their time and when my mom’s came, I was by her side every step of the way. She got a beautiful and peaceful exit, by no coincidence, on Greek Easter, May 2, 2021. I know she is with me to this day as your passed loved ones are with you.Anyway, I hope this gives you a little understanding of who I am and why I feel I’m here. I hope I can be helpful in your journey. We truly are better together 🙂

Growing up, I spoke Greek first so I was always behind in my reading comprehension. Today I’m grateful that my parents pressed me to hold onto our native language as my dad would never let me speak English in the house! In my fun facts, you will learn some other little secrets but what I didn’t mention was how determined I was as a young girl. To this point, my mom says I started walking at around 8 months. I have always wanted to ‘get to it!’ Even while attending Emerson college and living in a brownstone dorm in the heart of Boston, I couldn’t wait to get the heck out. I wanted to go and live my dream. At the time, I was dating my now husband Keven, and he would chuckle at how ready I was. I remember him asking me why I wanted to make it so bad. Now this may sound like a pageant answer, and by the way, I won a pageant (Miss Massachusetts Teen USA) by saying that my most prized possession was my dad’s hugs (cue the judges and audience crying). But it was true, and so was this – “I want to give my parents the life they never had.” Truth is, I watched my parents struggle hard. Cleaning multiple nightclubs, apartment buildings and offices. My dad was sick with Type 1 Diabetes and because of the language barrier, I believe it was harder for him and my mom to figure it out. He never cheated with sugar, but he was so afraid of eating high carbs or sugars of any kind combined with all the physical labor he was doing, that his blood sugars would constantly drop to dangerously low levels. He slipped into many low blood sugar comas and was very close to death on more than one occasion. Our lives revolved around keeping him alive. We literally all lived in daily fear with EMTs constantly at the house rushing him to the hospital only for him to rip IVs out and go back to work. Nothing stopped him from work. Something I learned and repeated. Along the way, my dad, upon learning Keven and I were dating, disowned me because he wasn’t Greek. It was a terrible time but I had to set my boundaries. No one was going to tell me who to love. It’s my life. So for almost two years, I was shunned. My mom would still talk to me, God bless her, but my dad and I were in a stalemate. Who would give? Eventually he did. And he apologized. Now we joke that he loves Keven more than me! And he has somehow survived and accepted the fact that we didn’t get married until after 20 years of being together and we have still yet to produce grandchildren! Imagine that. (Even though I’m obedient, I’m a rebel. Listen to my Deepak Chopra episode about polarity-we are everything. Obedient and rebellious. Mean and kind. So fascinating and liberating once you understand! https://youtu.be/O-w6J5xCJlM)All this to say, there were a lot of painful moments mixed with my dreams coming true. It was confusing but I just kept rolling with it. For me, the real dream came true when I bought my parents their first car (I have audio of my mom seeing it pull into their driveway with a big bow and her voice screaming “oh my God”), buying them a house, bringing them everywhere (like Jimmy Kimmel’s show or The Ellen DeGeneres Show or the red carpet). For me, none of it was worth anything without them to enjoy it with. Friends, life changes in an instant. I remember hosting on the set of E! News laughing and giggling one day and the next getting the call from my dad that my mom was airlifted to a hospital with a brain tumor. My life changed that day, and continued to change in more ways than I would have ever imagined. Mom was officially diagnosed with Glioblastoma, stage four brain cancer. I immediately jumped into producer/quarterback mode and got my mom set with neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black at Cedars , oncologist Dr. Jeremy Rudnick and Dr. Amin Mirhadi On radiology. It was terrifying and the statistics were even scarier but I was focused on figuring this out and keeping her alive.Months later, after suffering from massive headaches, ear pain and slurred speech, I too was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A benign one called a meningioma. What are the odds? Well, the top brain tumor researcher said it was like lightning striking twice in the same place. No genetic connection. So life got even crazier as I, too, had to have brain surgery with Dr. Keith black and on my birthday, no less.I saw it all as a rebirth. I needed to change my life. I had been an overworked workaholic who took care of everyone but myself and it was time for changes. My show “Better Together with Maria Menounos” was born to help me and my mom, and anyone who wanted to come on the journey to get better in all areas of life. In particular, I focused on the areas I believe we needed the most: how to heal from traumas and anxiety, how to redefine success so we don’t kill ourselves in pursuit of it, how to learn to say no, how to be compassionate with ourselves, how to re-raise ourselves, how to know we are enough etc. It’s a journey that has helped my life immensely, and from what I hear from our audience, it’s doing the same for them as well. This all has led me to this higher purpose: one of healing and helping. I’m grateful for my tumor because I see it as the gift that released me from a life I didn’t want anymore but didn’t know how to get out of. Now, I hope I can help others do the same without getting a tumor or any other illness, disease or ailment. As for my greatest achievement, after being a Type A, overachiever my whole life and having accomplished a lot of cool things in the entertainment world and beyond, I have to say it has been, and will always be, taking care of my mom and helping her beat the odds. With glioblastoma, you usually hear 6-12 months. My mom got almost five years and had many wonderful experiences. She would still be here if she hadn’t gotten COVID which prevented her from receiving further cancer treatments. Everyone has their time and when my mom’s came, I was by her side every step of the way. She got a beautiful and peaceful exit, by no coincidence, on Greek Easter, May 2, 2021. I know she is with me to this day as your passed loved ones are with you. Anyway, I hope this gives you a little understanding of who I am and why I feel I’m here. I hope I can be helpful in your journey. We truly are better together 🙂

get to know

Maria

I started this show for a few reasons. Four years ago my mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A few months later, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor as well. Prior to this I had been on a self improvement journey trying to acquire the tools to survive and thrive in this crazy beautiful world. When the health crisis hit my family, I knew I needed to go on another journey.

Growing up, I spoke Greek first so I was always behind in my reading comprehension. Today I’m grateful that my parents pressed me to hold onto our native language as my dad would never let me speak English in the house! In my fun facts, you will learn some other little secrets but what I didn’t mention was how determined I was as a young girl. To this point, my mom says I started walking at around 8 months. I have always wanted to ‘get to it!’ Even while attending Emerson college and living in a brownstone dorm in the heart of Boston, I couldn’t wait to get the heck out. I wanted to go and live my dream. At the time, I was dating my now husband Keven, and he would chuckle at how ready I was. I remember him asking me why I wanted to make it so bad. Now this may sound like a pageant answer, and by the way, I won a pageant (Miss Massachusetts Teen USA) by saying that my most prized possession was my dad’s hugs (cue the judges and audience crying). But it was true, and so was this – “I want to give my parents the life they never had.” Truth is, I watched my parents struggle hard. Cleaning multiple nightclubs, apartment buildings and offices. My dad was sick with Type 1 Diabetes and because of the language barrier, I believe it was harder for him and my mom to figure it out. He never cheated with sugar, but he was so afraid of eating high carbs or sugars of any kind combined with all the physical labor he was doing, that his blood sugars would constantly drop to dangerously low levels. He slipped into many low blood sugar comas and was very close to death on more than one occasion. Our lives revolved around keeping him alive. We literally all lived in daily fear with EMTs constantly at the house rushing him to the hospital only for him to rip IVs out and go back to work. Nothing stopped him from work. Something I learned and repeated.Along the way, my dad, upon learning Keven and I were dating, disowned me because he wasn’t Greek. It was a terrible time but I had to set my boundaries. No one was going to tell me who to love. It’s my life. So for almost two years, I was shunned. My mom would still talk to me, God bless her, but my dad and I were in a stalemate. Who would give? Eventually he did. And he apologized. Now we joke that he loves Keven more than me! And he has somehow survived and accepted the fact that we didn’t get married until after 20 years of being together and we have still yet to produce grandchildren! Imagine that. (Even though I’m obedient, I’m a rebel. Listen to my Deepak Chopra episode about polarity-we are everything. Obedient and rebellious. Mean and kind. So fascinating and liberating once you understand! https://youtu.be/O-w6J5xCJlM)All this to say, there were a lot of painful moments mixed with my dreams coming true. It was confusing but I just kept rolling with it. For me, the real dream came true when I bought my parents their first car (I have audio of my mom seeing it pull into their driveway with a big bow and her voice screaming “oh my God”), buying them a house, bringing them everywhere (like Jimmy Kimmel’s show or The Ellen DeGeneres Show or the red carpet). For me, none of it was worth anything without them to enjoy it with.Friends, life changes in an instant. I remember hosting on the set of E! News laughing and giggling one day and the next getting the call from my dad that my mom was airlifted to a hospital with a brain tumor. My life changed that day, and continued to change in more ways than I would have ever imagined. Mom was officially diagnosed with Glioblastoma, stage four brain cancer. I immediately jumped into producer/quarterback mode and got my mom set with neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black at Cedars , oncologist Dr. Jeremy Rudnick and Dr. Amin Mirhadi On radiology. It was terrifying and the statistics were even scarier but I was focused on figuring this out and keeping her alive.Months later, after suffering from massive headaches, ear pain and slurred speech, I too was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A benign one called a meningioma. What are the odds? Well, the top brain tumor researcher said it was like lightning striking twice in the same place. No genetic connection. So life got even crazier as I, too, had to have brain surgery with Dr. Keith black and on my birthday, no less.I saw it all as a rebirth. I needed to change my life. I had been an overworked workaholic who took care of everyone but myself and it was time for changes. My show “Better Together with Maria Menounos” was born to help me and my mom, and anyone who wanted to come on the journey to get better in all areas of life. In particular, I focused on the areas I believe we needed the most: how to heal from traumas and anxiety, how to redefine success so we don’t kill ourselves in pursuit of it, how to learn to say no, how to be compassionate with ourselves, how to re-raise ourselves, how to know we are enough etc. It’s a journey that has helped my life immensely, and from what I hear from our audience, it’s doing the same for them as well.This all has led me to this higher purpose: one of healing and helping. I’m grateful for my tumor because I see it as the gift that released me from a life I didn’t want anymore but didn’t know how to get out of. Now, I hope I can help others do the same without getting a tumor or any other illness, disease or ailment.As for my greatest achievement, after being a Type A, overachiever my whole life and having accomplished a lot of cool things in the entertainment world and beyond, I have to say it has been, and will always be, taking care of my mom and helping her beat the odds. With glioblastoma, you usually hear 6-12 months. My mom got almost five years and had many wonderful experiences. She would still be here if she hadn’t gotten COVID which prevented her from receiving further cancer treatments. Everyone has their time and when my mom’s came, I was by her side every step of the way. She got a beautiful and peaceful exit, by no coincidence, on Greek Easter, May 2, 2021. I know she is with me to this day as your passed loved ones are with you.Anyway, I hope this gives you a little understanding of who I am and why I feel I’m here. I hope I can be helpful in your journey. We truly are better together 🙂

get to know

Maria

Some of you may know me from my work in the entertainment world. However, I started my career at Channel One News, a news outlet beamed directly into high school classrooms, daily. It was basically a CNN for teens where many journalists like Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling began their careers. I got to interview President Bush, cover the election, travel to Africa to report on the AIDS epidemic as well as to El Salvador to cover the earthquakes and so much more. About a year and a half into that, Entertainment Tonight hired me to report for the main show and host ET on MTV. I’ve hosted/reported for Access Hollywood, Extra, E! News, The Today show, NBC Nightly News, acted in shows like One Tree Hill and The Mindy Project, movies like The Fantastic Four, Kickin’ It Old Skool, written New York Times bestselling books like the “Every Girl’s Guide To Life,” wrestled at Wrestlemania, hosted the official Oscar pre-show, Fox NYE with Steve Harvey, performed and hosted at Eurovision and the list goes on.

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fun facts about me

wrestlemania victory

Starred on One Tree Hill

Photo : WB

Maria Menounos and her best friend, Vin, who helps get her out of a funk; two women smiling

bestie since middle school

wrestlemania victory

Photo : WB

Starred on One Tree Hill

Maria Menounos and her best friend, Vin, who helps get her out of a funk; two women smiling

bestie since middle school

I’ve wrestled in the WWE-I’m 4-0 and it's a true highlight of my life.

Coffee makes me so happy. I used to work at Dunkin’ Donuts..6 years. Still love it.

Used to be a makeup artist at the dept stores for Chanel.

I've had the same best friend since I was in middle school

I’m a Greek girl through and through. It was my first language. I can read, write and speak it.

I wore leg braces and steel reinforced shoes growing up.

Have had a zillion jobs, from janitor with my parents, telemarketing, waitress, sausage vendor.

I love hosting parties, and I am obsessed with 90's music.

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My wedding

This is a story about a Greek/American woman who, as a young girl, thought she’d be married by 25 like her cousin...and all of the other female relatives who preceded her. Instead, she met her now husband at 19 and was disowned for 2 years because he wasn’t Greek. Yet, she somehow ended up with TWO weddings? If you didn’t guess by now, this is the story about me and my husband Keven.

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My wedding

This is a story about a Greek/American woman who, as a young girl, thought she’d be married by 25 like her cousin...and all of the other female relatives who preceded her. Instead, she met her now husband at 19 and was disowned for 2 years because he wasn’t Greek. Yet, she somehow ended up with TWO weddings? If you didn’t guess by now, this is the story about me and my husband Keven.

Better Together

DEEP CONVERSATIONS.
MASSIVE TRANSFORMATIONS.
GROWTH BEYOND MEASURE.

Better Together w/ Maria Menounos is a Daily Digital Life Improvement Show. The show features the world’s best experts, healers, and thought leaders as well as warm and enlightening celebrity interviews from Hollywood’s most compelling voices.Maria has always been known for engaging and open-dialogue celebrity interviews, whether it's her friends Vin Diesel, Will Smith or Zoe Saldana or new friends to be had. Maria prides herself on turning any interview into a compelling and comfortable conversation.

Better Together

DEEP CONVERSATIONS.
MASSIVE TRANSFORMATIONS.
GROWTH BEYOND MEASURE.

Better Together w/ Maria Menounos is a Daily Digital Life Improvement Show. The show features the world’s best experts, healers, and thought leaders as well as warm and enlightening celebrity interviews from Hollywood’s most compelling voices.Maria has always been known for engaging and open-dialogue celebrity interviews, whether it's her friends Vin Diesel, Will Smith or Zoe Saldana or new friends to be had. Maria prides herself on turning any interview into a compelling and comfortable conversation.

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Why join patreon?

Why should you join Patreon? I know I am biased, but I would do it for the Heal Events, because you get DIRECT access to the most incredible healers and experts from the show in an intimate environment. The Healer + me + the rest of our Heal Squad on a LIVE Zoom! Of course you also get ad-free shows and a bonus episode a week with me but the Heal Events are special. Some of these healers don’t even offer sessions anymore, but you get access to them here on our Patreon. So I hope you consider joining our Super Heal Squad. Dive deeper with us, take part in these intimate conversations, and continue your journey.

Weekly Bonus Episodes

Monthly Zoom Heal Events

Ad-Free Episodes

GO DEEPER

Why join patreon?

Why should you join Patreon? I know I am biased, but I would do it for the Heal Events, because you get DIRECT access to the most incredible healers and experts from the show in an intimate environment. The Healer + me + the rest of our Heal Squad on a LIVE Zoom! Of course you also get ad-free shows and a bonus episode a week with me but the Heal Events are special. Some of these healers don’t even offer sessions anymore, but you get access to them here on our Patreon. So I hope you consider joining our Super Heal Squad. Dive deeper with us, take part in these intimate conversations, and continue your journey.