Pop culture extraordinaire Maya Abrahamsson has been interviewing your favorite celebrities for years.
But just how did Maya get started on this path? The 20-year-old media enthusiast began her celebrity talk show at the Seacrest Studios at The Children’s Hospital in Colorado where she was a patient since the age of 4 battling brain cancer.
Maya’s show was an escape for her and became a place where she could focus on something she was passionate about. That passion turned into a full fledged show that brought people together and created a place full of happiness, joy, and of course, pop culture news. Now, Maya is preparing to wrap up her 300th interview with Ryan Seacrest himself, and begin a new venture, and we sat down to hear all about what’s next.
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Celeb Secrets: Hi Maya, it’s great to speak with you! Can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself for our readers?
Maya Abrahamsson: “I’m a metastasized brain tumor survivor and have been a patient at Children’s Hospital Colorado for 17 years. I have had 26 brain surgeries and two and a half years of chemotherapy. Two years ago I was diagnosed with recurrence and I had six weeks of radiation. I am an ongoing neuro oncology patient. I think the biggest thing for people to know about me is that I love all things pop culture, and that’s what inspired me to start my show.”
CS: You started your show at the age of 13 while being a patient at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. What inspired you to get started and what did it mean to you to have that outlet?
MA: “Before the Seacrest Studio opened, I had already been going to the hospital for ten years, and I was at the hospital multiple times a week. I was really tired of doctor’s appointments, procedures and always being at the hospital. When the studio opened, I would always wander in before or after my appointments and it became the one place in the hospital that wasn’t about my illness. It became a place I could go and just escape and just be Maya, not Maya the patient. I loved that feeling and wanted to spend as much time as I could at the Seacrest Studios so it was a natural progression to do my own show – which of course was all about pop culture!”
CS: When you first started doing interviews, were you ever nervous? How did you get through the nerves?
MA: “Yes, I was really nervous but I was also just so excited to be talking with the person and so interested in what they had to say that once I got through the first question, the nerves went away.”
CS: I know this is probably a tough one, but if you could pick, which interview that you’ve done has been your favorite?
MA: “That’s a really hard question. I think that my favorite interview is whomever I am interviewing at the time. I get so lost in our conversation and in connecting with them that I always leave the interview feeling like I have a new best friend.”
CS: Who is still on your dream interview list?
CS: You have conducted over 300 interviews. That is amazing, congratulations! What can your followers expect after that?
MA: “Thank you so much! I’m working on rebranding and launching a brand new show where I will continue to do interviews, because that’s what I’m passionate about.”
CS: Lastly, we are Celeb Secrets. Can you share a secret talent of yours, or secret favorite TV show?
MA: “I have always loved writing songs. It’s always been a way for me to express myself. I recently wrote a couple songs for a musician named Anika Erickson, and we have two songs out on SoundCloud right now: “I Wish It Was Me (Last Dance)” and “Crying In A Taxi”. Watching those songs come to life has been a dream come true! As for a secret favorite TV show, well, it’s not much of a secret, but one of my all time favorite shows is “The Rookie”!”
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