Have you ever taken revenge on someone and, if so, how?
Not directly but I was bullied badly from ages 3 to 11. Those girls aren't doing much with themselves now. I look at them and think success is the sweetest revenge.
If you could take a course in any subject, what would it be and why?
Anthropology. The human race and its evolution fascinates me.
Were you to write a self-help book, what would the title be?
'There is no such word as can't'.
What was your favourite book to read as a child?
I can't pin one down. I had lots (especially 'grown up' books): Jeanette Winterson and Peter Carey books - 'Illywhacker', wow what a book! - Le Petit Prince, The Little Vampire, Ramona, Le Mort D'Arthur, poetry by Brian Patten…
What are your phobias?
Weird patterns that have insect-like features freak me out. In Spiderman when the web pierces through the tips of Tobey MacGuire's finger…that I could not handle. Jude Law's face at the end of Road To Perdition nearly had me hyperventilating.
Describe yourself as a lonely hearts advert...
Small, dark, feisty girl seeks patient man.
What was the worst job you ever had and why?
During one summer holiday from drama school, I got a job at a salad factory, or rather my mum found it for me because she felt that I should get off my arse! I lasted two days. The factory was fridge temperature and I just couldn't get excited about filling tomato salads in 0.32 seconds.
If you could hire someone to do a job for you, what would that be?
I would hire a chef... I have so many goddamn allergies that a specialised chef could prepare me certain meals whereby I wouldn't have to worry about ingredients and such like.
Have you ever been attracted to a teacher/tutor and, if so, who were they?
Never. I have been inspired by tutors but that's where the story ends.
Have you ever made your own clothing? What was it?
Oh my god, yes! Shockingly so. When I was about 16, I used to make my own clubbing gear out of Lycra with the aid of a hand-held sewing machine. The results were disastrous but, sadly, I didn't think so at the time.
If oranges had never existed, how would you describe their colour to someone?
A fusion of red and yellow. Like a deep sunset.
What was the first record/album you ever bought?
Paula Abdul 'Straight Up' and Roachford (bought on same day). My first album was Bros.
If you were to write a musical about a famous person's life, who would you base it on and why?
Stevie Wonder - he's a genius. Plus the musical numbers would be fab. Or Mozart for the same reasons.
When you wake up in the morning, what's the first thing you smell?
My Stella McCartney or Angel perfumes. I spray them everywhere. I like nice smells.
The Darkness clearly believe in a thing called love - do you?
Of course! I experience it every day.
Predictive texting - good or evil?
A smasher - can be life-saving!
Have you ever blown something up in a microwave and, if so, what was it?
No. I'm not that stupid.
Do you have a recurring dream?
I have two: one of which takes place in a Nazi-occupied town. I am Jewish and frantically trying to find a place to hide as I hear soldiers approaching my room. The second takes place either in a parallel universe or our future. I'm always on holiday there or moving house. In your opinion, which is the best track Tom Jones ever recorded?
Can I pass on this one?
Facial hair - good or bad?
Bad for girls... can look good on the right man.
David Beckham. Discuss.
A good role model for young boys; he's a clean-living, focused, family man who is highly-skilled at his chosen profession. He's worked hard to be where he is whenever he's knocked down, he comes back stronger. Despite seeming inarticulate (he's shy!), he has a shrewd business mind. And he's fit!
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