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Really enjoyed last night’s #BombshellMovie screening, it was explosive, pertinent and Theron, Kidman & Robbie were such strong leads, absolute powerhouse performances! I think so many elements of the story will resonate profoundly for women, especially their experiences of inequality in the workplace. I came away feeling empowered and strongly recommend checking the film out when it hits cinemas on Friday. #ad @lionsgateuk

Really enjoyed last night’s #BombshellMovie...

Mum and I got all fancy last week and flounced on down to the opera AND the ballet! Absolute scenes! 
The @englishnationalballet’s Le Corsaire was so breathtakingly beautiful, while La Bohème at the @royaloperahouse blew us away. Thank you so much for having us @theguestlistldn, mum was delighted, we felt ever so special 😊💃🏾🎭💞

Mum and I got all...

#FluffFriday: A tribute to THE Hair Empress @hairbymichellesultan, crafting lewks from my follicles since 2017, championing Afro and textured hair styles (Mel, Alesha, Amber, Jordan, Jennifer REPRESENT) & instigating the confidence to experiment and wear my curls big & proud (I used to straighten my hair every day before I met Michelle because I was so insecure about my tight curls). So for the kick, the creativity and the vision, I thank and salute you. 💇🏾‍♀️💜 #curlyhair #curlyhairstyles

#FluffFriday: A tribute to THE...

Learned some new words today: 
Rückkehrunruhe - the feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness, to the extent you have to keep reminding yourself that it happened at all.
Occhiolism - the awareness of the smallness of your perspective in the grandness of the vast scope of the Universe.
Vemödalen - the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist: the same sunset, the same curve of a hip...
Opia - the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can seem simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.
Sonder - the realisation that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. 
Liberosis - the desire to care less about things, loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it from you before you reach the end zone, rather to hold your life loosely and playfully, like a volleyball, keeping it in the air, with only quick fleeting interventions, bouncing freely in the hands of trusted friends, always in play.

Learned some new words today:...

Back on set today filming #yahootailgate getting stuck straight into the NFL Wild Card Playoffs, as the NBA Regular Season continues. Get highlights, interviews and all the action over on @yahoosportuk, we’re keeping you bang up to date, buds 🏀🏈 x

Back on set today filming...

Took a little break from this thing, and so just before plunging back into work and this whole world wide web tomorrow I’d like to say Happy New Year to you, ya filthy animals. 
To everyone preparing for a fresh start, hopeful, powerful and overflowing with dreams for the coming year: dive in, work hard, enjoy every moment, you’re brilliant and you’ve got this. In the interest of ultimate transparency right now though, and starting as we mean to go on, I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, just in case it helps: Unlike previous years, I’m struggling to feel motivated or excited or strong or ‘ready to smash 2020’. This New Year there is no ‘New Me’, but instead the same one there was at the end of 2019. And 2019 had its ups and downs, which won’t just miraculously disappear; there’s plenty still unresolved that has to be worked on, built upon, as is the way with this life. So to anyone else out there grappling to find the inspiration or the stimulation to keep up with the current effervesce all over the gram, it’s ok. Take your journey one step at a time, chapter by chapter, we’re in this together. Things don’t just fall into place at the turn of a new decade, and don’t be fooled or feel left out by all the suggestions out there that they do. Let’s try moderation instead of abstinence, plans instead of resolutions, reframing instead of resetting. Above all, be kind to yourself and to others. 
Thank you to everyone I’ve worked with over the past year for the opportunities to learn and create; my management are saints, and together we’ll keep grafting, just as we’ve always done. And to the friends and family who made those highs SO high in 2019, I am so grateful, I will cherish those moments forever, why would I want a fresh start when I couldn’t ask for more than you staying EXACTLY as you are in 2020, thank you. xx (I don’t usually use social media like this and it’s a bit much tbh but I just know a lot of people feel weird at this time of year and hopefully it helps to hear you’re not alone)

Polaroids: Ibiza June 2019, Hackney Nov 2019, Newcastle Dec 2019.

Took a little break from...

UNBELIEVABLE JEFF!! 😬😬😬 Joining forces with my best friend @chris_kammy tonight at 7.45 on @bbcone to take on The Hit List Christmas special. Let carnage ensue... #thehitlist

UNBELIEVABLE JEFF!! 😬😬😬 Joining forces...

BACK TO REALITY

A tenuously-named blog about my post-Cuban-jaunt return to work, which mainly entailed interviewing some of reality TV’s finest, as well as Single-Ladies-hand-flapping with Rebel Wilson, and testing Sacha Baron Cohen’s nob(by knowledge)…

GRIMSBY

 

…so let’s start with that, because it is pretty much the furthest you can get from anyone’s conception of reality ever. I’m talking: in a room with actual Borat.

Interviewing the cast of SBC’s new one, Grimsby, was an absolute dream. I love my job, but I’m sure I’m allowed to say that over the years, I’ve had to sit down with – or accost backstage, or on red carpets – a lot of celebs about whom I do not give a flying fuck*. I was genuinely excited to spend 6 minutes chatting to the man who gave myself, my friends and family so many full-on-tickle-your-lunch belly laughs…nay, rofl-fits**… as well as cultural references which have become ingrained not only in our speech but our relationships*** over the years. This said, I was also petrified he’d be a shit and disappoint.

He didn’t. I didn’t even ask him to do a Borat impression, he just did it. He obviously loves Borat as much as we do, and that was an ace thing to realise. Furthermore, he likes talking about Newcastle.

Syndicated to ITV, Channels 4 and 5, Telegraph, Huffington Post, AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Guardian and Daily Mail, here are cuts of some of the bits that went out… a.k.a. What went down when ITN met Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Mark Strong and Gabourey Sidibe. Clue: They were all gems.

Nobby v Borat v Ali G v Bruno
I wanted to know how Grimsby-football-fan-turned-secret-agent Nobby Butcher would fair if battling it out against Sacha’s other household-name characters, in some pretty high-octane scenarios (we’re talking chess, ebay, getting served at the bar…of course).

Testing the cast’s ‘Nobby knowledge’
In honour of SBC’s latest character offering (and in a bid to strike up some healthy competition), I pitted him against co-stars Isla Fisher, Mark Strong and Gabourey Sidibe, challenging their knowledge of historical notable Nobbys. Obvs.
How’s YOUR Nobby knowledge?!

Sacha Baron Cohen wants to talk about Newcastle
Does what it says on the tin.

Isla Fisher, SBC’s co-star (and wife), on ‘method acting’-ish

*That’s cool, right? I mean, they definitely don’t give a flying fuck about me either. The feeling’s mutual.
**Yeah, said that. And wot?
***I’m obviously looking at you, Yazza.


HOW TO BE SINGLE

50 Shades actor Dakota Johnson stars alongside the hilarious Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie in rom com, How To Be Single. I interviewed them for ITN and the news outlets as before, and had a lovely day of it. MAC were there to do all the reporters’ make-up (cos it’s all about girls and that, y’know), which is why I do not look like an oil slick, as has become my habitual junket styleeee. There was also a photobooth there, which – contrary to the absolute frolics which would normally ensue whenever and wherever there is a ‘booth* – let me tell you, is a very sobering experience when at work, solo and, well, sober. Still, look, I’m doing a right bunch of pouts and have got flamingo glasses and a crown on, so for all intents and purposes, having a mad whale of a time.

Single Or Mingle?!
Who would they have a little mingle with, who would they rather be single than have a little mingle with? Simple.**

Rebel Wilson needs a date for the Oscars
Posting this pretty much purely because it was the day after the Super Bowl and the spirit of Beyonce was within me. We danced.

Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann’s worst ever Valentine’s
Tbh, just gets weird.

*See: anyone’s Instagram ever.
**Except, according to comments, not everyone knows what mingle means. Came as a shock to me too.


BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT (kinda) PREMIERE

Now for the proper ‘reality’ bit to make my ‘Back-To-Reality’-back-to-work-with-work-being-reality-TV-stuff tenuous link make sense*. The second day of auditions for the upcoming tenth season of BGT were held in London, so as Simon Cowell and co. rolled into town, I headed down to the Dominion Theatre to cover the red carpet for ITN. This, in part, involved SyCo forcing me** to show him my dancing skillz, footage of which will not see the light of day.

Interviews with the Ant & Dec and the judges here:

*‘make sense’ being used in the loosest possible way here
**it’s been correctly pointed out to me that this is probably not the case, given my choice extroversion. And honestly, I didn’t wait to find out if I was being forced, I just danced. Like a performing monkey.


VICKY PATTISON MINI V NUTRITION LAUNCH

Queen of the Jungle and wor lass Vicky is doin’ alreet for hersel’ at the moment. Post-Geordie Shore she hit Ex On The Beach, before bagging her own show, Judge Geordie, then won I’m A Celeb, and now is everywhere from chatting on Loose Women to picking up gongs at the NTAs. And she’s got a new health, fitness and lifestyle programme called Mini V, the launch of which I covered recently.

Yeah, she had real life sex on TV; yeah, she spat in a massive man’s face and threw a shoe at a woman*’s face; she’s a hella angry girl. But I actually (is this controversial??) think she’s alright, you know. Nay, I like her. She’s switched on, very warm in person, and seems genuinely very grateful for how things are working out and keen to make the best of it all. She seems hard-working and intelligent, and was lovely to chat to. Here are our chinwags (for the news outlets, as above, as well as ITV Tyne Tees):

*of undisclosed stature

XOXO
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