She has talked to the rich and famous for years. But when Dayna Devon, co-host of TV’s entertainment program “Extra” comes home to her Beverly Hills home, all she wants to do is talk to her two children, Emmi and Cole, then curl up with a glass of wine and catch up with her plastic surgeon husband, Dr. Brent Moelleken.
Devon is aware of the good fortune that has come her way since moving to Los Angeles. Born in San Antonio, the 38-year-old news anchor graduated from the University of Texas and from there landed a job as a local news anchor in Memphis, Tenn. before going to Hollywood.
Moving up the entertainment ladder, she solidified her place in TV chatting up Hollywood’s most prominent people when she joined “Extra” in 1999 as weekend anchor; she was named permanent anchor in 2003. The Emmy-winning entertainment reporter has gone one-on-one with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Bankrate talked to her about childhood financial lessons, the pleasures of online shopping, and her family.
Bankrate: You have two small children now, so there are the costs of schools in the near future. Do you save for a rainy day?
Dayna Devon: Absolutely. It’s not always easy, especially right now with gas prices being so high and everything else being so crazy. Being in a recession-type economy, it affects everything. It affects Brent’s practice because people stretch out their Botox treatments longer than they normally would. It affects the TV show because advertising goes up and down. So I’m always aware of that. Plus, I think television, in general, trains you to always be wary because things can end so quickly. I’ve had to learn that you do save for a rainy day and you always have to be careful.
Bankrate: Do you adhere to any financial advice that your parents might have given you when you first started out in this business?
Dayna Devon: You know, my mom is the worst person, ever, with financial advice. My mom’s advice would be spend every dime you make and then spend more so … no. I was basically starving in my early jobs and my father would say to save a little bit out of what I make. I was like, “Dad, I can’t even eat … I’m eating ramen (noodles) every night.”
My parents had a really hard time financially; we were not well off. We went to a very wealthy school, though. I had to get braces and it was a major ordeal where that money was going to come from. So I have been trained to make sure there is some money sitting aside in case you need it.
Bankrate: I know you are an avid eBay shopper. What’s been your biggest splurge?
Dayna Devon: Oh gosh, there’s been so many. We furnished our entire house from eBay. We actually got a fireplace from Sweden and a huge angel I have hanging over a doorway that was from a church in Europe.
Bankrate: You have openly talked about your tummy tuck after having your children — and your husband actually performed it. Did you purposely wait to have your second child before having this procedure?
Dayna Devon: Yes, because once you do this, it’s not recommended you have another baby and Brent had wanted several children. I’m just not a good pregnant woman (laughs). I wanted my kids close in age and for them to be friends. My brother and I were farther apart in age and didn’t get along when we were younger. But having two babies in two years really took a toll on my body. I didn’t really have enough time to recover. So I did have this procedure completely for vanity and now I have a washboard stomach that I never had even before I was pregnant.
Bankrate: How much weight did you gain with your pregnancies?
Dayna Devon: I gained 24 pounds with each one. I watched my weight and was religious about it. I did what I call Brent’s boot camp while pregnant, and on weekends we would park the car and walk everywhere. I think Brent and I walked about 20 miles a weekend. Walking is great for pregnant women, anyway. So I had lost all my pregnancy weight but still had that stomach muffin top that I camouflaged with certain clothing, but I got tired of it.
Bankrate: So what do you eat to keep your body in shape and sustain your energy?
Dayna Devon: Well, caffeine helps with energy (laughs). But I always eat a really good fiber cereal in the morning and that starts my day out right. I try and eat a lot of vegetables too, which seem to make a difference in my staying power. If I get really hungry, I tend to go for sweet things and that starts the sugar roller coaster so I try to keep myself satisfied so I won’t binge.
Bankrate: What are you thankful for?
Dayna Devon: Everything. I’m thankful for my job, my children and I love my husband so much … I love my parents, friends and I’m thankful that we have shelter, especially after you see all these tragedies in the news. I’m thankful for the values my parents gave me. There’s so much to be thankful for that it makes me humble in my world.