Ryan talks to Parkinson
Saturday 25 October, Michael Parkinson grapples with the enigmatic
Meg Ryan, is told what not to wear by Trinny
and Susannah, and talks openly with Albert Square's most
loveable rogue, Shane Richie.
a compelling and revealing interview, Meg Ryan speaks of her reluctance
towards being a movie star.
can be an actor and not be a movie star. I'm a movie star,"
Ryan says with a sigh, "seemingly by choice. But sometimes
your life chooses you."
admits that she is a wary interviewee and that life on the front
page is not one which suits her.
always feels very awkward for me to be in front of an audience or
in the spotlight. I'm compelled though."
her new movie, In The Cut, was not an experience Ryan could have
put herself through three years ago, she claims.
wasn't ready for Jane Campion, the director. Jane is a very strong-minded
and uncompromising artist who has a profound interest in investigation."
by Parkinson whether her decision to star in the dark and erotic
In The Cut was based on her recent high-profile divorce, Ryan admits:
"Life informs artists and helps them negotiate. You can't
help but reflect your experience in your work."
to whether she will once again be the bubbly, all-American star
of films such as Sleepless In Seattle and When Harry Met Sally,
Ryan says: "Hopefully, I'll never revert, but I am sure I'll
become different again in some way. I will move on and evolve."
in the show, Shane Richie tells Parkinson: "I have waited so
long to tell my Mum and Dad and my mates that I'm going on Parky.
Saturday, when you had Billy Connolly and Michael Caine on, I was
sat watching the show with my girlfriend. And when at the end you
said, 'My guest next week will be Shane Richie', I was, like, 'Yes,
come from a big Irish family," Richie says. "My dad calls
me 'second hand paddy'. I was conceived in Dublin and born in London.
My old man called me after the end of last week's show and said
in his thick Irish accent, 'Jesus, son, you're on Parky next week.
speaks fondly of his childhood, admitting that he was once ashamed
of his father's career as a road-sweeper.
went to school where he used to clean the streets. And I sometimes
saw him at lunchtime and I suppose I was embarrassed. You grow up
and get a different perspective. But I feel ashamed to have felt
that way towards him."
also talks about how much he enjoyed working as a blue-coat in Pontins,
even though he had to lie about his age to secure the job.
now to this day, if it all goes belly-up and I had to make a living,
I would go back to Pontins," Shane tells Parkinson.
when Shane's career was at an all-time high, however, he slumped
into a bout of depression and anger.
reveals: "I lost the plot. I really did. I was doing a hell
of a lot. The biggest mistake I made was moving away from home.
I was offered a big job in Manchester and I took it. I bought into
that lifestyle, everything it had to offer and took it to its limit.
was angry. I was blaming other people, anybody I could pin in a
corner. And then I started to realise that there was no-one to blame
apart from myself. I was too proud to ask for help. I remember being
in so much pain.
everything is really good. I'm enjoying my personal life so much,"
Parkinson asks Shane whether his character in EastEnders, Alfie
Moon, will propose to Cat Slater.
of everything that's been in the press lately, all people want to
know is whether I'm going to marry Cat," laughs Shane.
be honest with you, Michael, I don't know. And even if I did, I
wouldn't tell you."
joining Parkinson are the fashion gurus and stars of What Not To
Wear, Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, who discover during
the course of the interview that Shane paints his toenails red,
much to his embarrassment.
who is due to give birth in two weeks, tells Parkinson that she
dreamt she would give birth on the show.
who gave birth two weeks ago, admits to wearing, "magic pants.
They are concrete knickers, made out of nylon, which hold everything
on the criticisms they have endured from celebrities such as Carol
Vorderman, Trinny and Susannah admit: "We haven't met Carol.
If we did get our hands on her, we'd probably get on like a house
on fire. We'd maybe change a few things about her, yes. But nothing
we say or do is manufactured.
us or loathe us, that's the way we are. You have to remember that
we put our professionalism on the line every time we do the show."
admits to having been "chronically shy" as a child, while
Trinny, whose real name is Sarah-Jane, reveals that she got her
name because she used to behave just like the girls from St Trinian's.
however, they both relish Parkinson referring to them as "social
workers or therapists".
Trinny and Susannah reveal that in their new project, which focuses
on the way in which men dress, they have put Parkinson in the "Suits
You, Sir" category and Shane in the "Shiny Suit Brigade"
failing to persuade Parkinson to take his tie off, Trinny and Susannah
compliment him for wearing flat-fronted trousers and say that he
is, "an unconventional man who dresses in a conventional way."
music comes from the young jazz sensation Jamie Cullum,
who sings Old Devil Moon and What A Difference A Day Made.
week, Michael Parkinson's guests are Emma Thompson, Michael Palin,
Rod Stewart and Luciano Pavarotti.
is on BBC ONE, Saturday 25 October at 10.25pm.
is produced by Danny Dignan. The executive producer is Bea Ballard.
joins Parkinson for the first show of his new series (19.09.03)
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