Sonia Kruger has swapped breakfast television to host Big Brother and it’s changed her life in more ways than one, most notably it’s given her some extra time with her five-year-old daughter, Maggie.

Earlier this year, Sonia, 54, left her co-hosting role opposite David Campbell on Channel Nine’s Today Extra to return to Channel Seven as host of the rebooted reality series of Big Brother, a job she originally took on from 2012-2014.

Not waking up early for breakfast television, means Sonia now has more time to spend with her daughter.”I dropped her off to school this morning, it was wonderful,” Sonia tells TV WEEK in an exclusive interview.

“I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy the extra time. I knew I would enjoy it, but you get into a rhythm and routine, so you don’t change anything. But when I did, I had a new lease on life.”

Sonia’s new role is allowing her for more work-life balance, and she’s finding her daughter an absolute joy to be around.

“Maggie is very funny these days. She loves to make people laugh and has always been very expressive – now I sound like a doting mother – but people often say it,” Sonia tells TV WEEK.

 

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As for what Maggie’s future may look like, the doting mum has one wish, that she is a good example for her daughter.

“It doesn’t matter what you’re doing – whether you work in TV, in an office or you’re a stay-at-home mum, we all want to set a good example,” she says.

“At the end of the day, we want our children to be kind, respectful and be able to contribute.

“For me, work has always been a huge part of my life and I’ve always been independent. I left home when I was 17, so she might grow up and follow a similar path. But I’m quite happy for her to stay home until she’s 37!,” she laughs, “Then again, ask me in a few more years and I might say otherwise!”

 

Sonia wants her daughter grow up to “be kind, respectful and be able to contribute.”

So would Sonia like to see her daughter follow in her footsteps and carve out a career in television?

“This is the best time for women in Australian television,” she says.

“We are being given opportunities that we may not have had before. We didn’t see a lot of mature women on TV years before, and now we do.”

But as for Maggie, Sonia says her dream job for her daughter would be in sports.

“I’m hoping she becomes a professional tennis player, so I can travel the summer circuit!” she says with a laugh.

Catch Sonia Kruger hosting Big Brother from Monday June 8 at 7.30pm.