Hannah Hart, the brains behind the classic YouTube show My Drunk Kitchen, has certainly been keeping herself busy! For one, the show has been running steadily since 2011, when she posted the first-ever episode of the now-classic internet offering. Her channel, MyHarto, has expanded significantly since then, as she now broadcasts all kinds of vlogs, including travel shorts, personal anecdotes, and taste tests.
In 2017, Hart got a huge break — she became a Food Network star, appearing in a show called I Hart Food! She’s definitely come a long way from the humble New York kitchen where she first broadcast.
Hart has also penned two best-selling books and inked a deal with Ellen Degeneres’ digital network. And that’s not to mention that she co-hosts a podcast named Hannahlyze This — clearly she’s staying busy! So what else is there to know about the foodie-turned-entrepreneur? We dug up a lot, so, without further ado, here’s the untold truth of Hannah Hart.
She had a really tough upbringing
Hart’s well-known for her constant smile and cheery personality, but what many may know know is that, despite her sunny disposition, she had a super tough childhood, according to BuzzFeed News. Her mother, who she and her two sisters lived with as a kid, suffered from schizophrenia — which put a huge strain on the family. In fact, their home life was so chaotic that her youngest sister was placed into foster care with an adoptive family. That’s intense.
There was a dad in the picture, who Hart and her sisters visited occasionally. But he was extremely religious, and he enforced overly strict rules when Hart and her sisters were present. That didn’t jive well with her, to say the least.
To this day, Hart’s still processing her upbringing. “Everyone’s trauma is different,” she reflected in an interview with ABC News. “But it really took me a long time to realize, and I’m still kind of in denial, I guess, that it was more abnormal than normal.” That’s 100 percent understandable.
The real reason she started My Drunk Kitchen
The Internet was a very different place when Hart, on a whim, made the first video in what would become My Drunk Kitchen. The year was 2011, and Hart had just moved from San Francisco to New York for a job, according to NPR.
One fateful night, Hart was chatting with a friend back west who was struggling with depression. In an effort to cheer her up, Hart decided to make a silly video, telling her, “I’m gonna make a video for you right now where I just do a cooking show and get drunk and cook,” according to The Verge. And the rest is history. She uploaded the video to YouTube so her friend could watch it, and racked up 80,000 shares in the process — not much by today’s standards, but pretty impressive at the time!
Today the video has over 4 million views, and Hart has built herself an empire with more than 2.5 million subscribers — all because she just wanted to cheer up a friend. What a story!
She’s actually a lightweight!
Since Hannah Hart makes a show about cooking while drunk, surely she must love booze and drink it all the time, right?
Actually, wrong! And Hart has confirmed it. “The number-one assumption is that, you know, I’m a huge fan of drinking,” she shared in an interview with NPR. “But the honest truth is I’m just a lightweight.” So she doesn’t binge on mimosas every morning or slug gin and tonics every day at lunch. That’s good news for her liver!
So when Hart does hit the sauce, whether it’s for work or for play, she gets good bang for her buck. “It only takes me, like, a glass or two of wine, and I am having a great time,” she continued. And judging by how fun she is on the show, we bet you’d have a blast raising a glass with her. Bottoms up, y’all!
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