There's a new kid on the boulevard and we're excited to add her to our growing list of DFFs. Veronica Chail is the charismatic host of Bollywood Blvd. and we're happy to say she's doing a darn fine job (you go girl). In addition to rubbing elbows with the creme de la creme of Bollywood (O-M-G), she's also worked with Malton's (yeah I said it) own George Stroumboulopoulos (sorry Toronto, he's a Malton boy). Not one to shy away from hard work, Veronica definitely has the experience that has led to her path of success. Her resume reads as an obvious sign to her dedication and love of media - news reporter, news writer, entertainment host and TV producer.
Born and raised in Sweden, and with no grasp of the English language, Veronica and her family later moved to Stratford, Ontario where she worked at the Stratford Festival of Canada and developed her love of theatre. She later went on to study at the University of Western and subsequently started putting her career into motion.
As a self-confessed news, pop culture, fashion and reality TV junkie we caught up with Veronica to see what makes our local hostess with the mostest tick.
Nickname: V, Ronnie , Vero
Where did you grow up: Sweden and Stratford, Ontario.
Major at university: a university degree in English and Political Science and a Masters in Journalism at the University of Western Ontario.
Favourite food: Pizza, poutine, crème brûlée, and sushi; Indian, Jamaican and Mexican cuisine. Food is the way to my heart.
Favourite place to shop: CHANGE on Queen Street in Toronto – literally changed my undergarment shopping experience.
How do you take your coffee: Double milk.
Favorite designers – (Indian or Western): Some of my favourites include: Alexander McQueen , Marchesa, Manish Malhotra, Valentino, Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Zuhair Murad, JJ Valaya. Balenciaga handbags and Christian Louboutin high heels are my guilty pleasure.
Lucky number: 8
Ideal Sunday: massive breakfast, sauna, massage, pajamas, junk food and good movies.
Favorite ice cream flavour: vanilla bean or pistachio.
Favorite song: Pretty much anything by Alicia Keys or Sade & Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai
Prized possession: Blackberry.
Can’t live without... Family, love, laughter, money, music & TV.
Would never be caught dead wearing: Sunglasses in a club; wearing clothes inside out or backwards
What was it like working with George on The Hour? An unparalleled experience. There was never a dull moment. Being a producer for the show was an amazing learning experience. He has an incredible work ethic and a rare gift with the camera. He’s a raw and natural talent.
What prompted you to switch from producing to being a host on Bollywood Blvd? I wanted to get back on-air. One of my favourite things in the world is talking to people – people from all walks of life. I have a natural curiosity about people. I love learning about the human condition and what makes people tick.
Who would you love to interview? Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Barack Obama Where do you see yourself in 5 years? As a child I wanted to be an actress. That changed to an entertainment lawyer in my teens. I know that I want to work in media for the rest of my life. I live and breathe media! I see myself with my own talk show and my own media company. Hopefully in 5 years - I will be doing what I love – talking to people and making some really big money.
Who/What inspires you: My parents – their love is unconditional and their work ethic is unparalleled. They sacrificed many of their dreams so that my siblings and I could fulfill our dreams. Human struggle and human joy inspire me. Curiosity and sharing knowledge also inspire me - I have always had an insatiable curiosity. And as a child, I probably drove my parents and teachers nuts with my non-stop questions. I'm happy that I stayed true to my roots in journalism.
Veronica is passionate about the media’s role in society and is dedicated to giving back to the community by working with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. She is a volunteer with the Chest of Hope Art Project for breast cancer research. She also works on anti-human trafficking initiatives. Veronica also devotes her time to the Girl Power Success organization to promote education among high school girls in her hometown of Stratford, Ontario. She makes frequent trips back to the University of Western Ontario to speak to undergraduate and graduate students about career choices and leadership.
Catch Veronica on Bollywood Blvd Sundays @ 11:30am & 8:00pm & Wednesdays @ 3:00PM ET on OMNI2