Ayesha Curry may be married to Golden State Warriors point guard and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry, but the bubbly sometimes-actress is much more than just an NBA wife; she’s also a mom of two and a social media star who’s primed for the premiere of her very own Food Network show. Examiner chatted with Curry on April 21 to get the low-down on her partnership with Glad, but the conversation didn’t stop there. The affable and easygoing 27-year old laughed often as she answered a variety of queries, from how press conference darling and daughter Riley helps her out in the kitchen to which food she’d miss the most if she had to give it up for good.
Sherry Wight: You are one incredibly busy gal, as a mom, a soon-to-be Food Network star, a blogger, a YouTuber, and of course, wife to the greatest NBA player on the planet right now, Stephen Curry. Moms are always talking about whether it’s possible to “have it all,” but nobody seems to be really sure about what “having it all” really means. What do you think it means, and do you have it all?
Ayesha Curry: I do think I have it all, because my family is happy and my kids are healthy, and I feel like there is truly nothing more important than that. So I really have nothing to complain about, regardless of what happens with anything that’s going on right now. I’m grateful for that.
SW: Exactly. That’s the take I have on it, too. Now since I’m in the Bay Area, I’ve seen “Cookin’ with the Currys” and I can’t wait to catch your new show. How far have you gotten in the development process?
AC: We’ve actually filmed the pilot. It was just a great experience. For food, [the Food Network] is the biggest stage and so I’m just really excited to be a part of the family now and to get to experience all of [what goes along with having a cooking show on the network]. I just can’t wait for everybody to see it because it really was an exciting and genuine process.
SW: Awesome. Was there anything about the process of filming the pilot that surprised you at all?
AC: I think how many people are involved surprised me [laughs]. I’m used to my little one-man show where it’s me and my brother or a friend setting up their camera and then I go for it. So this process was just completely different for me.
SW: Oh yeah.
AC: But it looks beautiful and I’m excited. So it was all worth it.
SW: Excellent. Do you know when it’s going to be on?
AC: I don’t, so that’s what I’m waiting to hear. Hopefully sooner than later [laughs].
SW: All right. We’re going to be looking for it then!
AC: Thank you.
SW: Now obviously with Steph in your house, you probably don’t let much food go to waste, I’m guessing? But it’s a big problem across the nation and you’re working with Glad to come up with a solution, right?
AC: Yes, it’s a huge problem, and actually it was a problem in our household and is something we need to work on daily. So… I’ve partnered with Glad for Earth Month and we’re raising awareness on food waste and how to make your carbon footprint [a little] smaller by [taking] a few small steps to prolong your food. So they did a study and found out that the average American family throws away about $2,200 worth of food every year.
SW: Oh no!
AC: Yes. So that’s a lot of money and there’s so much more you could be doing with that, not to mention all of that food is going into landfills and creating methane gas, which is extremely hazardous to the environment and to us. So just by doing small things, like when you’re cooking dinner, the remaining vegetables you’re using, wrapping them up in freezer wrap and putting them in the freezer. You can prolong the freshness of your vegetables and keep them in the freezer for, in some cases, up to a year. For me and for a lot of other people, the freezer’s kind of intimidating.
SW: Just a little!
AC: Yeah! My freezer used to be empty besides my ice cream and ice cubes and so now I’m using it a lot better. I always love a partnership where I learn something along the way and implement it into my life. With GladWare, it’s something I’ve always used, even my mom used it… but I found out about their freezer wrap through this process, and honestly, it’s just like the coolest thing ever.
SW: Terrific, I guess I need to go buy some! Now I want to talk about the food that you’re eating in your house.
AC: Yeah, of course!
SW: Are you a balance kind of girl? Do you have foods that are off limits completely or are you more of an “everything in moderation” person?
AC: I’m an “everything in moderation” kind of girl. I believe that balance is completely key, and I’m the type of person who can’t completely cut something out or else I’m miserable. So for me, especially right now, our daughter Ryan is nine months old, so it’s been a process for me trying to get back to where I want to be physically. So for me, exercising portion control has been big, but I never want to cut anything out because I feel like life is too short and I can’t do it [laughs]. So we have a little bit of everything in our pantry.
SW: Good! I gotta tell you, talking about babies: I have a daughter and three sons, and all three of my sons were dairy intolerant newborns…
AC: Oh my goodness…
SW: So I had to cut all of my dairy out. You want to talk about misery, that was misery for me.
AC: Oh, I can only imagine. That was me as a baby. I was just like that as well. But my mom, she wasn’t nursing me, so they had to buy this ridiculously expensive formula. Luckily I didn’t have to experience that with my girls. I can’t imagine! [Laughs]
SW: Good! Well, thank God! That’s a blessing right there.
AC: So did they grow out of it?
SW: Yeah, they did. All of them grew out of it and they’re all good now.
SW: So you talked about Ryan briefly. America loves Riley. What is her favorite way to help out in the kitchen?
AC: Oh gosh. It’s [really a matter of] letting her know that she can’t do everything yet because she loves it all and she’s like my little professional egg cracker. She’s so good at it, like no shells get in the bowl. I mean, she may be better than the world’s number one chef at cracking eggs, I don’t know [laughs]. My older sister Maria actually got her a set of kid-friendly chef’s knives for Christmas, and so she’s been using those. It allows her to really get in there, and she chops up apples and all sorts of stuff. She helps me all of the time.
SW: Oh my gosh, that is precious.
AC: Yes. It’s definitely my favorite moment to spend with her, when we get to do stuff like that. It’s almost like if I’m in the kitchen doing something and she’s not invited, she’s very, very upset with me [laughs].
SW: Precious. Treasure those moments! They don’t last!
AC: Yes, yes.
SW: Now I have to ask you about this because, well, the Warriors! Hello! They’re incredible for many, many reasons and everyone across basketball knows it. From your vantage point, as an NBA wife, what makes the Warriors as awesome as they are?
AC: So this might sound corny, but one, these guys genuinely like each other, and two, they really, really love their jobs, which isn’t necessarily always the case for everyone. Some people are just good at it, and they don’t necessarily like doing it, but I think they all love what they do and it definitely shows and reflects in how they play and how they get along and how they conduct themselves. I’m proud of them and I’m excited to see what happens this season.
SW: We’re all proud of them. Go Warriors! When I watch the Warriors play and when I watch my Twitter feed, I get the sense that Andrew Bogut is one of the funniest, randomest, craziest of all. Is that kind of true?
AC: [Laughs] I don’t think that’s true. [Still laughing]
SW: No? ’cause he seems totally crazy!
AC: He’s awesome, but I don’t think he’s the extrovert of the group.
SW: Oh, well that’s Draymond [Green].
AC: Definitely. [Still laughing]
SW: Darn, I almost said Draymond. Bogut is just so random sometimes. Okay, fair enough. It’s all Draymond then.
SW: So what’s the most surprising thing about the world of NBA wives? Because when I look at you, I don’t think “typical NBA wife.”
AC: Well thank you. [But] I think there’s a big misconception for everyone, honestly. I think everyone that I’ve met thus far has been pretty normal. So I think that’s the misconception [laughs].
SW: That’s totally fair. I respect that answer. I just know what I see on TV, you know? Now you really do seem like an everyday mom who I’d meet at the park, which is fabulous.
SW: But at the same time, you are a celebrity.
AC: I guess so! If you say so [laughs].
SW: You are! People have to recognize you and talk to you when you’re out in public. Is there anything weird about that for you?
AC: With me, I totally get it when it’s Stephen and I. But I think when it involves my kids, sometimes it gets a little wonky because I think at times people don’t realize that Riley in particular is a child… so I think sometimes it gets the best of some people and they just don’t realize… but it’s getting better.
SW: Oh, I can absolutely understand that 100% as a parent. Now you are super busy 24/7. But let’s go to fantasy land and say that you had 24 hours that was just for you with no constraints on time or travel or anything. What would you do with that 24 hours?
AC: Oh man, this is a great question! Honestly, time right now is so precious and this is going to sound so corny, but I would love a day where everybody is home, and we can make breakfast, stay in our pajamas, and watch cartoons with the kids [laughs].
SW: That is not corny at all! Don’t call that corny!
AC: That’s my dream day. No phone calls, no anything.
SW: Okay, now I have some quick response questions for you. Whatever comes into your head. Favorite Food Network personality?
AC: Emeril [Lagasse], back in the day.
SW: Cool. The food you’d miss the most if you could no longer have it?
AC: [Long pause] Chocolate.
SW: Would you go on “Dancing with the Stars”?
AC: Yes. [Laughs]
SW: I thought you might say yes to that so I had to ask.
AC: Only because it would get me in such good shape.
SW: It would! Now last part is a little game called Ayesha or Steph. So, who would read your girls a bed time story?
SW: Who would have an extra helping of dessert?
AC: Me [laughs].
SW: Who would swim laps for exercise?
SW: Who would strike up a conversation with a total stranger?
AC: Stephen [laughs].
SW: Who would jump out of a plane?
AC: Neither! [Laughs]
SW: Hey, that’s all right. That’s my answer, too. Last one: if Steph goes to the Olympics this summer in Brazil, would you go with him?