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I Am Trad: Ryan Seacrest

We sit down for a quick chat with the creative entrepreneur, TV/radio host and producer

Produced by Tori Mellott

Home base My house in Los Angeles is one of my favorite places. I enjoy creating spaces that reflect my desire for comfort, while also incorporating the inspirations and experiences I discover on my travels.

Fashion plate I’m a great admirer of old-school style icons—Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, and Steve McQueen. My sense of style has evolved over time, as I’m more informed about what fits me and what doesn’t. I’m spending more time in New York City, which has impacted what I wear on camera and off. Blending simple and timeless elegance with a more casual or whimsical touch is usually what I’m aiming for – whether I’m walking the streets of Soho on a Sunday or on the Red Carpet for an awards show in Hollywood. Men’s fashion today is versatile and very accessible. We’ve embraced this versatility in my menswear line (Ryan Seacrest Distinction). We design classic and iconic looks with a contemporary eye. 

Cheesy traditions When I was a kid, my mom asked me which of my favorite meals I wanted on my birthday, which is Christmas Eve. One year, I saw these steel sticks in the cupboard—she said they were for fondue. That’s what I chose, and now fondue on Christmas is a family tradition.

Food for the soul I love trying new restaurants. The meals you experience, especially the ones you share with loved ones, are cherished. I started framing menus from some of these restaurants years ago. Every time I look at them, the memories warm my heart.

The morning routine I’m in the habit of waking up early before my daily TV and radio shows, around 5:30 a.m., so I can begin the day with a workout. After the gym, I’ll jump in the shower, and, of course, make sure I moisturize and put SPF on using my skincare line Polished by Dr. Lancer. I get to the Live with Kelly and Ryan studio uptown around 7:45 a.m. and get briefed on the daily from producers, and the show’s live at 9 a.m. After that, I go downstairs to the radio studio and do a live broadcast of On Air with Ryan Seacrest (102.7 KIIS-FM), and often do other promotions and weekly show production. I end the production part of my day in the afternoon.

Down time Even with my busy schedule, I’ve learned self-care is super important. I do like to be active every day and mix up my workouts so I don’t get bored. Lately, I’ve been into boxing at DogPound or Gotham gyms, biking at Soul Cycle, or running in Central Park or along the river.

Happy New Year!  Every year, I get to host the biggest party in Times Square. I grew up watching one of my idols, Dick Clark, count down to the new year on the annual ABC live broadcast. It’s a surreal moment now as I watch the ball drop at the epicenter of the world.

The gift that keeps on giving In 2010, my family and I opened our first broadcast media center, Seacrest Studios, in the pediatric hospital in my hometown of Atlanta. Now the foundation has 10 Seacrest Studios in hospitals across the country, giving kids who are facing tough health battles an interactive space to explore radio and TV—and share their talents in programs that are broadcast to patient rooms. Every time I visit, it reminds me what’s truly important—giving back.

I am traditional I love timeless elegance, gathering with family and friends, and putting my phone away at dinnertime.