Tuesday 17 July 2018

'I’m a total nightmare. I’m like a needy girlfriend' - Karen Koster on preparing her new show Mummy Guilt

Karen Koster pictured with her children Finn and JJ at the opening night of The Helix Pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Karen Koster pictured with her children Finn and JJ at the opening night of The Helix Pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Karen Koster at the opening night of Miss Saigon at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Karen Koster at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Karen Koster at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Karen Koster at the VIP Style Awards 2015

KAREN Koster is going to have an exciting start to 2018 as she gears up for her first solo project on TV3 next month, a documentary called Mummy Guilt.

She is spreading her TV wings and branching out from Xpose to produce and present her first programme on the day-to-day realities of stay-at-home and working mums.

She will be talking to everyone from a mum-of-six who home-schools her children to a high-flying doctor whose kids are in full-time childcare.

However, Karen (36) said she’s like a “needy girlfriend” with the editor after watching the rough edit.

“So far, it’s looking really good, but I’m nervous about it,” she told the Diary.

“I was told before I started it to just be myself and now looking back I’m like, ‘I wish I’d worn more make-up’, because it’s very much warts and all.

“You see me blubbing and the kids running around in their PJs and a nappy. You’re kind of going, ‘Why didn’t I dress them better that day?’

“But I hope it will strike a chord with people and look like a lot of other families getting up and doing that creche run and the kind of chaos that comes with that.

“So I’m excited about that and putting it to bed and getting it out on air.”

It’s the most personal show Karen has made so far.

It reveals her home life with husband John McGuire and their two children, Finn (2) and JJ (1), and she’s apprehensive about the reaction.

“I’m nervous because it’s my first time anchoring my own documentary and it’s totally me. I’ve never had an idea that I’ve pitched before,” she said.

 “It’s the first time that I’ve done that, so the fact that TV3 have given it the green light was a nice pat on the back.

“I just wonder what the reception is going to be like. I’m a bit needy about it. Any time the editor says something, I’m like, ‘Do you think that looks good, do you think that’s OK, do I look like a sap there?’

“I’m a total nightmare. I’m like a needy girlfriend. But I think so far it looks good.”

Karen has not ruled out making another show as she dips her toes into other waters beyond Xpose, where she has worked for the past 10 years.

“I hope so. We’ll see how it goes,” she said.

“We’ll see what the reception is like to the first one, and then if I can think of another one, then yeah, I’d love it.”

Karen admitted she’s not one for making new year resolutions.

“I never really make them. I would love to say I’m going to be more organised and I’ll do things like batch-cook on a Sunday, but those things never really come to fruition,” she said.

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