Cohost of ABC’s Strahan and Sara, this everyday role model has made it her mission to take on taboo subjects with real talk.
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If you’ve watched daytime TV at any point during the past 10 years, there’s a good chance you’re already chummy with Sara Haines. She mixed it up for four years with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on Today, then switched to Good Morning America Weekend Edition in 2013 before becoming a co-host on The View in 2016. For the past year, she’s been dishing with Michael Strahan for GMA’s third hour.
Haines has the big job, the dashing husband, and two young kids (Alec, 3, and Sandra, 1), plus one on the way. But instead of painting a picture of the ideal life, she reveals the reality and hardship of keeping it together.
"It really comes from the inside out," says Haines, 41. "I use my platform to create conversations with women." What she means is this: If she owns up on national TV to, say, having a rough time nursing her first child, she’s telling other women that there’s no shame in the struggle; she’s also bolstered by their feedback. (Related: This Woman's Heartbreaking Confession About Breastfeeding Is #SoReal)
To those who say such matters are better kept private, Haines invariably replies, “It’s private only if we allow it to be something we’re ashamed of. When we start to embrace it, it’s empowering.”
Haines spent years as a production coordinator on the Today show, a job she has called "basically an event planner for TV." During that stretch, she honed her craft taking acting and improv classes, and she decompressed playing volleyball in rec leagues.
"My day job, at the time, was not my dream," she admits. "But playing volleyball filled that heart tank. I always say: If you don’t find your passion in your paycheck, go find it somewhere else."
Even now that Haines has arguably already "arrived", she is still showing her cards and inviting others to do the same. In fact, if she were to start a movement, she says it would be to encourage women to live transparently. (Related: Jessie J Opens Up About Not Being Able to Have Children)
"So much of our journeys is similar," she says. "The more open we are and the more we talk about our lives, the less alone each of us is."