Dr Oz: Nate Berkus Interview
Dr Oz and Nate Berkus are members of a small elite club of personalities who were launched by the Queen of Daytime, Oprah Winfrey. They are also friends off camera, and Dr Oz invited Nate Berkus on his show to discuss Nate’s new design book, The Things That Matter, and Nate’s journey of coming out, love and loss, and why he wanted his own Nate Berkus talk show cancelled.
Dr Oz: The Things That Matter Review
Nate Berkus is an interior designer and author who said that three things define each of us: who we love, what we lose, and what happens in our lives. He has framed his latest book, The Things That Matter, on these concepts to help everyone use the book to transform interior emotional lives as well as physical spaces.
Dr Oz: Nate Berkus Sri Lanka Tsunami
As Oprah viewers may recall, Nate was visiting Sri Lanka with his partner Fernando in 2004. During that vacation, a tsunami struck and Fernando was killed in the storm. Nate retreated from life and spent a lot of time alone.
He took up smoking and ended up scheduling sessions with a grief counselor to help him deal with the emotions surrounding this huge tragedy in his life.
Dr Oz: Nate Berkus Coming Out
Recently, Doctor Oz did a controversial show about Ex-Gay Therapy. In his conversation with Nate Berkus, he talked about the pain and fear that are often associated with coming out as gay to friends and family. What was that experience like for Nate?
Nate Berkus said that gay people tend to fear that someone close to them might not love them anymore, or will reject them for being gay. That moment of uncertainty can be paralyzing. Nate said he came out to his parents after his first year of college, and was relieved that they took the news well.
He admitted that they need time to accept and process the news, learning to revise the life they had imagined for their son. But he is appreciative of their support and grateful that they did come to fully accept his life.
Dr Oz: Nate Berkus Designs
As an interior designer, Nate said that his environment has always had an impact on his mood. He loves creating beautiful spaces for others to enjoy, and he also loves to teach others how to use his tactics to make your home “rise up and greet you” at the end of every day.
Dr Oz: Nate Berkus Talk Show Cancelled
Nate’s passion for design propelled him into stardom as a frequent Oprah guest and eventually his own talk show, which ran for two seasons before being cancelled in 2012. He admitted to Dr Oz that it was not the right career move for him.
He said he does not have the right skill set to be a talk show host, and that frustrated him because he is ambitious and driven to succeed. He began to question a lot of his decisions about the show, its guests, topics, and segments.
During the two years of his show, Nate said he did not feel grounded and often had trouble sleeping. That’s when he started relying on sleeping pills to get through the night. This caused weight gain as a side effect.
Dr Oz: Nate Berkus Spin Class & Moisturizer
Nate said he was actually relieved that his talk show ended after two seasons. He was concerned for the production team that helped put on the show each day, he knew this would put him on a better path to personal health and professional success.
Now he focuses on spin class, exercising several times each week. He also uses moisturizer daily, a trick he learned from his mom. He even said he has had “help” maintaining his youthful looks at age 41.
Dr Oz said he was proud of Nate Berkus for overcoming his health challenges and creating a support system to manage his stress.