Maria Menounos’ 2011 debut book EveryGirl's Guide to Life was a New York Times Bestseller and her second book, EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness is out now.
As a journalist, Maria Menounos has interviewed every President since Bill Clinton, and holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family.
At the age of 22, Maria became the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight. She has since gone on to host the Today Show and Nightly News where she travelled the globe providing coverage in war zones and amidst global crisis.
On the big screen, she has starred in the romantic comedy Kickin It Old Skool opposite Jamie Kennedy and played herself in the Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder. She also appeared in the 20th Century Fox Sci Fi/Action movie Fantastic Four.
On the small screen, her acting endeavors include guest roles on CBS’s Without a Trace, NBC’s Scrubs, HBO’s Entourage, FX’s Louie, and FOX’s The Mindy Project as well as a recurring role on the CW’s One Tree Hill. While at Entertainment Tonight, she hosted ET on MTV and ET on VH-1, both of which soared to number-one weekend ratings on their respective networks. At NBC, Maria was a correspondent for Nightly News, the Today Show, Access Hollywood and Dateline. Maria became the Host of Extra in 2011 and joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars Season 14 where she and partnered with Derek Hough and advanced to the semi-finals. In addition to dancing, Maria is also a part-time professional wrestler for the WWE. Undefeated in the squared circle, Menounos has wrestled in Summerslam, Raw, Tribute to the Troops and Wrestle Mania XXVIII and inducted friend former two time WWE Champion Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
She is also a Contributing Editor for People StyleWatch.
With partner Keven Undergaro, she founded AfterBuzz TV, the largest new media platform on the world web. The AfterBuzz TV Network is an online broadcast network, designated to producing live and recorded “after-show” webcast and podcast content for TV series of all kinds. The success of AfterBuzz TV led to the her launch of Black Hollywood Live! the world’s first online broadcast network dedicated to African American entertainment news and talk. BHL has over different 20 shows covering not only Hollywood but also the widest range of current, trending issues in the community.
Menounos' parents were Greek immigrants whom she worked alongside cleaning nightclubs in Boston since the age of three. She remains proud of them and her heritage and credits her work ethic and success to those factors. In her free time, she is active in charity and loves playing and watching sports and working with rescue animals when not playing with her own. She and her family can be seen on her reality docu-series “Chasing Maria Menounos” on Oxygen.