Zuri Hall is an Emmy Award-winning E! Network correspondent by day, where she does everything from interview celebrities on the red carpet to dish out the latest news from Hollywood in the studio. But by night she manages her own YouTube channel, blog, and spearheads her self-created social media movement, #AlphaBabe. For most people, that workload may seem like a real feat, but Zuri Hall wouldn't have it any other way.
Ever since she started her career back in 2012, Hall has racked up an impressive resume including gigs on MTV, BET, VHI, and FUSE TV. And at the same time, her side social media project has been growing an incredible fanbase of over 150,000 followers. Hall's YouTube page and blog both aim to help every woman become an #AlphaBabe — a term coined by Hall — and lead goal-oriented lives that mix glamour with their daily grinds. From style tips, to life-saving career advice, her social media accounts are a destination for all women looking for a little more inspiration in their day-to-day lives.
But what's even more impressive is Hall's authenticity. Her drive to help others reach their own professional goals feels like a breath of fresh air in today's seemingly dog-eat-dog world. Thanks to her down-to-Earth charisma and genuine passion for her professional and personal goals, Zuri Hall has emerged as one of the entertainment industry's most in-demand personalities.
We recently spoke to Hall about her career, activism, and more. Ahead, find out where her love of performing first began, how she started her incredible career, and the on-air celebrity encounter that changed her life.
And if you want even more Zuri Hall news, head over to AOL.com at 12 p.m. ET to see more exclusive features, including what lead the creation of her fan-favorite YouTube channel.
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When was the first time realized that you loved being on screen?
Well I knew that I loved being in front of people entertaining them since I was probably 6 or 7 years old. That's when I started rallying up my cousins and forcing them against their will to audition for the plays that I was writing and casting. Then I would force my entire family to sit down and watch them for every holiday. As early as that age I knew that I loved telling stories, creating characters, and having people enjoy the performance that I was giving. I knew for sure that I wanted to be on camera after my first time. I remember there was a super small time commercial back in my home state of Ohio for a children's show. I don't even think the show ever even aired but I did the audition and I loved every second that I was on camera. I was a super shy kid and I wouldn't even look people in the eyes until I was 12 or 13 when I talked to them, but for whatever reason when I was in front of a camera I took that as permission to be my true self and to be funny goofy and outspoken.
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It's funny that you say that you were shy. So many people who are big on-screen tend to admit that.
That's so true! Even now I really think that I'm an extroverted introvert. A lot of people assume that since you're on camera that you're automatically a super outgoing person. And I'm friendly and I like to talk to people, but I was reserved for so long that it's still my nature. As much as I've trained myself to step outside of my comfort zone, when I'm working, I really like to be alone at home, lying with a book. So there are definitely two sides to that coin.
How did you end scoring a role on E! network?
So I was in New York and had been working in TV for three years at that point. And there was actually an opportunity to co-host "The Fashion Police" with Joan Rivers on the network. I always loved and admired E! News and it was my dream to eventually end up there. A year later, we got a call that they were interested in meeting with me and exploring the possibilities of working together and it became a nice courting process on both ends. And that was that! I was meeting with them consistently, starting to take meetings, and one thing lead to another and I got the offer. I was just over the moon; it is the Holy Grail of Entertainment News jobs.
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What was it like working with Joan Rivers?
She was amazing! I really gush when I talk about her because obviously she's tough as nails and is known for her comedy style, but she was so sweet and kind to me. I was nervous because one, it's E!, two because it was one of the biggest platforms I had worked on at this point and three because it's Joan Rivers! That's a lot of pressure. I got to the studio and came alone -- I didn't have an entourage or a makeup team or anything. Everyone kept asking, "Where's your makeup or your hair team?" And Joan sent her personal glam squad away from her dressing room to take care of me. They got me together from start to finish and it was such a gracious and kind thing to do.
Easily they could have found someone else to do it in that moment, but the fact that Joan told her team personally to go and take care of me really meant a lot. And when I got on stage I had my nerves, but she was such a calming force since she was so in control of her audience. She was talking and exchanging banter with them even in-between takes. There were just so many jokes after jokes and it was so authentic; she was having these conversations with people and they just ended up being hilarious. My guard quickly dropped and it will be an experience that I will never forget.
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Zuri Hall is dominating E! Network by day and YouTube by night
What are you looking at 👀😂
How I look every day because life is too short to not have fun with yourself 🙆🏻
Move the way you want to move 💃🏼
This is my face when someone mentions food!🤓 Releasing a new video tonight! Can't wait!❤️
Shooting a new vid for you guys!! Uploading Wednesday!!!😍❤️🎬 #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
It's the most wonderful time of the year❤️🎄🎁
"Mom she won't let me have a sip of her Capri Sun" -6 year old nerf gun loving Brent to 6 year old polly pocket obsessed Mere
NEW VIDEO IS UP W/ @brentrivera 👫 Link to watch is in my bio! ❤️
Adventuring with friends at the beach 🌊 Pretty sure this house was haunted... not to mention the door was open. Something you guys don't know about me is I am the most savage ghost hunter around nothing scares me and I mean nothing 👀 Do you believe in ghosts? 👻
Bonjour, je m'appelle Meredith. Comment t'appelle tu?
Out of my 3 years of studying French this is one of the only things I remember 😂👋
AHH!!! We hit 3MILLION subbies today!! 💞🎉😭🎂 I love my #macbabies so so much!!! You all mean the WORLD to me!!! Our family is growing so much! Thank you for allowing me to just be my awkward self. I love you and I can never thank you enough for all the opportunities you've given me!! 💞🎉🎂✨😱
i like pink doors ♡
ps..new video going up soon! ahh who's excited?!? link in my bio! also, what's your fav color?! hehe 💞✌🏼️🎉
until next time thailand ♡
ps...guess who just uploaded a vlog!! you get a sneak peek of my final room decor!! ahh! also, how did you find my youtube channel? i'm so curious! 💞🌎✌🏼️
i just wanna travel the world ✈️ where should I go next ?😉
so ready for halloween 👻
SOOOO, I just uploaded a brand new HALLOWEEN VIDEO!! Click the link in my bio to watch!🎃
eye see you 👀 Ps: thank you all for your amazing and continued support. I want you all to know how much I love and appreciate you so much. xoxo
Have you seen my new video yet!? It's all about music festivals so make sure to check it out on my YouTube channel! + there's some friends in it☺️
My new video is dropping today!!! Can you guess what it'll be..?😗
u like em crazy babe don't u
the #londonhasfallen premiere last night 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
when the waiter passes your table with food
Love him 💕
Fun fact : purple and orange teacups are the fastest! :)
WE OUT HERE AT THE #KCA's and the inner child in me is screaming.
trying my hardest to be "fierce"....
Welcome to slime history @rebelwilson !! 😁😂 #KCA2016
2 0 1 6 - #HAPPYNEWYEAR on the water 2-5~6
We love taking walks, no phones, just talking about life. If you can, make time every week to take a 30-minute walk with a friend or a loved one. It's a cool way to get to know each other on a deeper level!
Leap year gives us all 24 extra hours to #DayItForward! We’ve teamed up w/ @Chevrolet to send love to #UsTheFamily - check out our Twitter feed tomorrow!!
Have you heard?! We're joining our friends @ptxofficial on the first leg of their World Tour this Spring! Click the link in our bio for tix, or visit https://www.ustheduo.com/tour :) PUMPED to meet some new and current #UsTheFamily members!
NEW VIDEO: Creepy Things Girls Do 😂 Comment a, "🐬" if you've watched it/will watch it
Guess who's birthday is in 5 days?? (No it's not Dylan O'Brien) 😎
I came here to live life like nobody is watching ❥ ♡
Happy Valentine's Day loves❤️
Did you catch the latest blog post on the blog (link in profile)?? Who else loves afternoon tea?? // 📷: @torrancecoombs #TheAListIreland
Dorky smiles + a photobomb by some serious woman with a serious collar 😜😜 #HereCoombsTheBride
Soft curls and red lips 💋 // 📷: @torrancecoombs
Every girl ought to have a pair of nude suede pumps! Nothing like New shoes Monday with @mgemi. Get more details on @liketoknow.it www.liketk.it/2fcOb #liketkit #lovemgemi
On the streets of Paris in red and how I style my street style looks for fashion week revealed on #thechrisellefactor today! Direct link in bio 👉🏻 http://thechrisellefactor.com/2016/03/power-color/ 📷:@karenrosalie_
Rendezvous in Paris in Pink on #TheChriselleFactor today. Direct link in bio 👉🏻 http://thechrisellefactor.com/2016/03/rendezvous-in-pink/
Your not ready for this #chromat #nyfw #teamthis
We run THIS show #HBDWang #rkobh #teamthis
When it's "chilly" out 😜 #ootd
ATL tonight 😏
had the King of LA @yg come through last night 🙏🏽
If you guys saw how I looked before you would think it was magic 😩😭 My beautiful makeup for #kca by @beautybydianalomelin 💫
Winding down with @SkinnyMintCom 😌 #TheOriginalTeatox #ad
Eating all that sushi finally turned me into a mermaid! 😭
for @projectmermaids #saveourbeach
Photography by @angelinaventurellaphoto
Hair and Makeup by @ljbeauty
Bra by @edwordgarcia
Sponsored by @sexyhair
Project Manager @crissycrissybobissy
If you know me well or have read interviews I’ve done then you know that @marthastewart has always been my biggest inspiration when it comes to food. One of my goals is to be a combination of my two idols- Martha and Andy Warhol. As a child I would dream about spending the time and care like her to prepare a table, creating something very special for people to join around and share a meal. Watching her cook inspired me to teach myself how to hand weigh ingredients, to always have my mise en place organized, how to pronounce words like vichyssoise, and her wide usage of produce variety is honestly a large part of where my curiosity for our food sparked from. With this said, I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when I was told that I was one of the 25 creatives @marthastewart is inspired by in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Thank you for helping me think and dream so big Martha, I am honored to share this and to make you all of the colors. #25yearsofmartha #foodgradients
I wanted to take a moment to reintroduce myself. I’m Brittany and I recognize that I seem to do a decent job of not sharing much about my actual self here or in interviews. I prefer to keep my art about the food and not myself. This community and my photography have become the biggest part of my life, I love it more than I have words to explain but there's more that makes me who I am. So for a quick moment here’s a bit- I’m 24, a taurus, live in Seattle but grew up in San Diego, my favorite food is a cheeseburger (super thin patty, toasted bun), my favorite bands are @stygoc and @metric, my first tattoo was the one on chest- it’s still my favorite and says ‘love your life’, something many people sadly forget. I was raised by my grandparents, I love to make small collections of items like rocks and stickers, I grew up playing a lot of sports competitively, I love Star Wars and have Boba Fett tattooed on my arm but Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is my favorite movie. Many times I have been told that being an artist “can’t be a real job” and that I was wasting my time trying to do so. I smile everyday not because I proved them wrong but because I achieved a goal. Dream big, everyone.
Thought I might start this week off with a past candy photo. Here's to hoping you all have the best days ahead! #foodgradients
Köln!!!! Didn't pronounce your name right on stage but... You were AMAZING. Only a couple shows left in EU-- next up, London... (📷: @annamaria_langer )
Practicing our Spanish with @tvtelehit Mexico 🇲🇽
Sam wants to play Jack & Rose in Titanic but Casey's all "nah i'm good, have fun tho mang"
We drove 28 hours to get to Canada. The jeep is still running💀😍
The Dallas episode for @heyusax is the funniest yet! Go watch it now on @go90 now!😄😄