Who: Andrea Fazzini
Where: Financial District, NYC
With: Husband, Izetta and Elena, and baby on the way
What: Actor, model, mom
It seems like you have a great work/life/mom balance:
one day you’re modeling, the next you’re adventuring around NYC with your girls. Do you feel that way too?
I am passionate about being a mom and really enjoy my work too, so for me, everyday begins with that excited anticipation of where the day might lead. There is definitely a lot of balancing going on and not a whole lot of sleep, but I know that one day I will miss this.
It’s important that my kids know that they can do hard things but can also find the fun and joy in life. For me, that begins at home, and I am an example of that.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a one woman show. I have an amazing network of friends and family, and an angel of a nanny. I try to surround myself and my family with positive people and a loving healthy environment, and my “village” is invaluable to that goal. For me, that’s the only way it all gets done.
What can’t you live without?
My Leader Bag!! It's the VIP of our family. Living in Manhattan, we are out and about all day without a car. I have to have my hands free to navigate my stroller on the busy streets and subways, so what I can wear on my back is what I can take for the day. Also, on the days that I am working, it easily switches to my model bag and fits everything I need: my portfolio, a change of shoes, water bottle, etc… It looks like a cool, sophisticated backpack that keeps this mom looking good on set. I always get asked by stylists and other models and actors about my bag!
— On Motherhood
What does your ideal day in NYC with your girls look like?
Every day is so different—that’s what I love about the city! I love life, music, vibrance, culture, diversity—and I especially love sharing it with my daughters. On the work days, I’m usually on set quite early and spend a large part of the day working. However, The days that I’m not working I dedicate to my girls.
We wake up slowly and cuddle on the couch for a while. My girls LOVE to wake up like this. Then we have a big breakfast in our pjs and messy hair. This is one of my favorite things.
After that, the real adventure begins: getting them dressed and doing their hair!! Haha. Just kidding. That can be quite a feat though...
Sometimes I have a game plan, but mostly, we decide where we’re going that morning, based on the weather. We don’t have a car in the city so we get everywhere by foot, stroller, subway and sometimes cabs. Honestly, getting to our destination is often just as fun as the destination itself! From the minute we walk out our door, there’s plenty to see: buildings, all sorts of people, street vendors, food, buses, construction, ferries, colors, lights, music, sounds…
How much time did you take off from work once you had your girls?
When I first found out I was pregnant with Izetta, I was prepared to leave the industry for good. I felt like I had a new and more valuable responsibility than my own desires, and was really ready to leave it all behind… until I received a call 5 weeks after Izetta was born that one of my clients was asking for me, so just like that I went back to work. One job led to the next. With Elena, my second, I worked throughout my pregnancy and then after I had her, I went back to work at 3 months.
Was it hard to go back to work or was it a nice change of pace for you?
On a day to day basis, it’s hard. When I’m not home, I want to know that they are happy and safe. Fortunately, I have a great support system that makes my work life much easier. I know they are in good hands, and I receive constant updates throughout the day. It’s nice to have something else that I’m passionate about, which gives me a sense of balance and fulfillment. And let’s be honest: toddler ballet classes in NYC aren’t cheap!
Describe each of your girls with one word: go!
What are your hopes and dreams for your children?
That they will grow up to be kind, humble, loving women that radiate with confidence and strength. I hope they have the courage to tackle any challenges they may face. I already know they can do anything, and I tell them that EVERY DAY. I hope that even when they start to question themselves as they grow up, they never ever forget it. Lastly, I hope that they understand the value of service to others.
What is your biggest accomplishment as a mother?
When I see my children share and or act with kindness and respect towards others. Also to see the way my girls love and protect each other, this is hands down the BEST THING on the planet.
— On Beauty
What’s your beauty routine?
I have a pretty minimal beauty routine. After I had my second daughter, I felt a shift in my hormones which definitely affected my skin So, I am just now starting to learn more about skin care, but over the years, drinking lots of water has been one of the most important things, and trying to avoid sugar, dairy and gluten has always helped my skin.
What do you want to teach your girls about health and beauty?
That pretty is as pretty does, and it starts from the inside out. Putting good things in your body, getting good rest, eating lots of vegetables, and having a happy, kind heart. I honestly believe that if we teach our children how to love and serve others they will radiate beauty like no other. Oh, and drinking lots of water! ;)
When you take time for yourself, what does that look like for you?
Exercise, reading a good book, going out with friends, mani/pedi? Honestly, I really look forward to Saturdays, which is our family adventure day. I get enough alone time when I’m on set working and Saturdays are usually the one day of the week that we can spend the whole day together as a family. I look forward to that all week long.
— On the Future
What are you most excited/passionate about right now?
Between motherhood and work, I am excited for everyday. My schedule changes on a daily basis and I really like that. I am excited to see what happens in my career, and I am really excited to see my kids grow, change, and develop interests everyday.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Who knows?! I would love to maybe have a couple more kids and ideally be working on a show or something at that point, but mostly I hope to be busy running my kids all over this city taking them to school, to dance classes, piano, adventures, traveling...
When your kids are grown and out of the house, what will your Saturday mornings look like?
Lots of sleep, and maybe some more books again! I hope I will be traveling all over to visit them with their own families, and helping them in whatever capacity I am able to! I will probably be that crazy helicopter Grandma!
What is one dream that you have right now?
Would love to travel the world with my girls. Would love for them to fill up that passport book!
I wish I could magically heal any heartache or illness, and fly.
Horse. I have always loved horses; I grew up riding them. They’re wild and mysterious, yet sophisticated and strong. Watching there muscles work when they run with their mane flying is just the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.