Chris Brown is strapping in for another wild ride with Julia Morris on I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here, writes Tiffany Dunk
THE second Julia Morris and Chris Brown met at a Logies rehearsal in 2013, sparks flew.
At the time, the pair was signed to competing networks — Morris for Channel 9 and Brown for Ten — but they openly discussed their desire to work together again.
So it’s no surprise they were Ten’s dream pick when the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! was unleashed last year.
As hosts, the duo quickly found an easy rhythm and can take a large part of the credit for the success of the show.
“Chris and Julia’s chemistry was one of the biggest surprises of season one and together they set the tone for the entire production,” says Stephen Tate, Ten’s head of entertainment and factual programming.
“Julia is like a heat-seeking missile and Chris is her closest target.”
It’s true: A huge part of their dynamic on-screen act has revolved around Morris’ apparently overwhelming infatuation with Brown.
From making inappropriate comments to finding reasons to get closer to the hunky vet, Morris says she still gets flustered around her TV companion — but not for the reasons you’d think.
“Not a lot of people know that over the last 12 months the obsession has ... Look, Chris is totally obsessed with me and we’re not allowed to talk about it a great deal but I’m just saying it’s in the Zeitgeist,” she says.
“Julia often talks about her reverse body dysmorphia and I feel like she may have twisted this little situation as well,” Brown retorts.
“I call her, but it’s just to ensure I know her latest fixed address so that when she’s served with a special letter, I know where to send it.”
Jokes about having safe words should the flirtation get too intense (for the record, Morris insists Brown’s is “yes Lady JMo”) and pending legal cases pepper the pair’s repartee as they sit down to discuss the new season of the show.
But behind the banter, a genuine friendship has formed.
And while they live in different states, they take time out from their busy schedules to support each other’s projects.
“Chris flew down (to Melbourne from Sydney) for my stand-up show which was awesome,” Morris recalls.
“My six-yearold was waiting outside his door (Brown stayed with the Morris clan), wanting to give him a coffee. Leave Chris alone! I don’t know where it comes from, it’s just odd.”
They’re also keen to find more projects to work on together.
But given Brown starts filming Bondi Vet and The Living Room once they return from the jungle while Morris returns to House Husbands, it’s problematic.
“And it has to be the right thing that suits our style,” Brown says.
“Where the clothing is optional,” Morris adds.
It would be easy for the pair to rely on the same schtick second time around. But Brown and Morris know they have to keep pushing boundaries.
While producers say this year challenges will be tougher, conditions harsher and food supplies scarcer for the new celebs, Brown and Morris have added their own challenges.
“We’ve banned the use of the word ‘journey’,” he says. “And ‘pointy end of the competition’,” adds Morris. “And ‘at the end of the day’. Which day?”
“But the really exciting thing for us is when you talk to the bosses ... they keep rubbing their hands together and saying, ‘Just you wait until you see what we’ve got lined up,” Brown says.
‘Julia is like a heat-seeking missile and Chris is her
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Me Out of Here! hosts Chris Brown and Julia Morris (left) and (below) serving up a food challenge
last season and with 2015 winner