The newly announced co-host of Dancing With the Stars opens up about feeling like a fraud and going back to work as a mum of two in the new issue of Irish Tatler.
Telly star, radio host, business woman and comedy hero: Jennifer Zamparelli was already knocking it out of the park before she recently announced that she's also going to be co-hosting hit show Dancing With the Stars with Nicky Byrne come January.
In an exclusive cover shoot for the December issue of Irish Tatler, the Woman of the Year for Entertainment winner Jennifer reveals that the audition process for the hottest tipped job in showbiz was no easy task.
"There were auditions and I asked my agent to get my name in the mix," she told interviewer Liadan Hynes in the cover interview. "It was a gruelling audition to be honest, three hours. I knew I had a lot to prove, because I come from a different background."
Apart from sharing her new TV news, Zamparelli also discussed what it was like coming back to a full on work schedule after having her second child, Enzo, earlier this year. Having come back after just ten weeks when she had her daughter Florence, this time she knew she wanted to take more.
"I couldn't do that again. Coming into studio with my boobs leaking, be expressing in a toilet. Running back, feeding in the morning, killing myself.
"It was crazy," she reflects.
The cover shoot was taken in a Dublin studio by photographer Alex Hutchinson and in it, Zamparelli models floaty winter florals by designers Preen and House of Holland and a stunning velvet dress by Mary Katrantzou.
Sharing how her fearless attitude has helped her adapt to her multiple careers and challenges, the Breakfast Republic star also admitted that even she falls foul to imposter syndrome, saying that she finds working with comedians on hit show Bridget & Eamon "terryfing. It absolutely terrifies me". Despite writing and producing Bridget & Eamon, she still finds it hard to identify as a comedian herself.
"I've been working in comedy for ten years, but still. I hate saying it, because then you have to be funny all the time. It's tricky. If we have a comedian on Bridget & Eamon I always get really nervous around them."
"I definitely have a bit of imposter syndrome."
The full interview with Jennifer Zamparelli is in the December issue of Irish Tatler, along with this year's Women of the Year Award winners, your guide to the best fashion for party season and Ireland's most wanted gift guide.