While celebrity nanny Philippa Christian was working for “the biggest diva in Hollywood,” she was given some rather bizarre tasks.
“When the children were at school, [she] would have me sit beside her and stir her coffee constantly because it had almond milk in it and she didn’t like the look of the texture,” Christian told The Post. “So every time she wanted to have a sip, the coffee needed to be swirling.”
Christian, 35, who also penned the 2015 novel, “Nanny Confidential,” added, “I could make a list a million times long for crazy things I’ve had to do.”
This week, the public was offered a rare glimpse into the less-than-glamorous life of a Hollywood nanny after Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde’s former child minder spilled salacious secrets of their split to the Daily Mail.
Her interview also revealed just how intertwined nannies are with their boldface employers’ messy dynamics and the outrageous demands, sometimes emotional, placed on their shoulders. The nanny, who remained anonymous, claimed she was often officiating the couple’s drama, which included Wilde’s supposed infidelity and Sudeikis’ alleged late-night drinking and freak-out over his former fiancée making her “special salad dressing” for her new beau Harry Styles.
“As you can imagine, working for celebrities can be a very difficult job at times,” Christian told The Post. “They can be extremely demanding, incredibly unkind and get away with behaviors that normal people would never get away with. As a nanny, you need to be better.”
That requires patience, she continued, because “you’re always the dumping ground … Whether it’s screaming, throwing items, seeking revenge, having ‘acquaintances’ inform certain publicists of private information of their partner they are currently fighting with or a co-star they can’t stand. Unfortunately, you witness it all.”
Besides domestic disputes, nannies have to abide by strange rules — many of which are written into their contracts. Christian said one employer stipulated that she wear all black, including underwear, socks and shoes. Another family made her wear evil eye jewelry while watching their children. She’s also had to follow restrictive diets and not bring certain foods around so as not to tempt a dieting celebrity.
“When out in public, you are to walk at least three meters behind the family to give the paparazzi the indication that the family doesn’t have help and they do it all on their own,” she said.
Christian has gone above and beyond to protect her employers — including acting as a decoy to lure paparazzi from their home after a big story broke about them.
“I had to put on the mother’s sunglasses [they both had blonde hair] and drive her car out of the gates up the road for ten minutes, so I was followed and therefore she could leave the property in my absence.”
Her job has also impacted her love life. “I had a curfew at night and was not allowed to date. This is because they fear you falling in love and leaving the position as they do like to have continuity with their nannies for their children’s sake.”
But she has put her foot down at times. Specifically, when she was asked to snitch to gossip magazines or publicists about an employer’s enemy. “I’m a big believer in ‘what goes around comes around,’ ” she said.
That has applied to her own personal stance on Sudeikis and Wilde’s nanny divulging so many dirty details of their relationship.
“I don’t like to point anyone out as doing the wrong thing, but it’s definitely something I would never do,” she said, noting that celebrities hardly have any privacy as it is. “So it’s important their home time is respected, especially by someone they have trusted enough to care for their children.”
Ultimately, Christian said, it will only hurt the nanny in the end.
“It’s a special job that is built on trust, and that trust should never be broken, no matter what.”