Q&A

tv & ra­dio pre­sen­ter

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Stellar Contents - Interview by TIF­FANY DUNK

Osher Günsberg on be­ing bul­lied.

You’ve been ap­pointed ra­dio’s new love doc­tor on the Hit Net­work with Osher’s Love Line. What pre­scrip­tions are you able to write? I can write pre­scrip­tions for uplift­ing key changes, mend­ing of heart­breaks by play­ing a heal­ing song or strength­en­ing of re­la­tion­ships by play­ing the tune peo­ple danced to at their wed­ding. Did you ever think help­ing peo­ple find love on ra­dio and TV would be your liv­ing when you started out? I was a roadie when I first started. My job was lift­ing heavy things and put­ting pretty coloured lights on cover bands while they sang songs about the last plane out of Syd­ney be­ing al­most gone. I thought I would be in a band. This is beyond any­thing I could imag­ine. You go to town on Twit­ter pok­ing fun at The Bach­e­lor. Do the bosses ever rein you in? No. And I would never satirise The Bach­e­lor. I’m just talk­ing about the times it’s kind of silly. Like, sure we could have taken an Uber to din­ner but, no, we took a he­li­copter in­stead. It’s kind of silly and fun. Who’s more high-main­te­nance – Bach­e­lors or Bach­e­lorettes? Me. I re­quire con­stant hair and wardrobe main­te­nance. You can’t hide date cards willy-nilly, it takes hours of prepa­ra­tion. The boys and girls just show up. There’s a the­ory that the rea­son The Bach­e­lorette is shorter than The Bach­e­lor is be­cause we don’t want to watch women dat­ing mul­ti­ple men. What are your thoughts?

I can see why peo­ple might say that, but I don’t think that’s the case with us. If the net­work or­dered 20 episodes of The Bach­e­lor, that’s what they’d get. If they or­dered 20 episodes of The Bach­e­lorette, we’d give them 20 episodes. Peo­ple can read what they want into it, but I’m grate­ful we got a longer sea­son of The Bach­e­lorette this year [than Sam Frost’s sea­son], be­cause it’s re­ally good. What has work­ing on the show taught you about women? It’s helped me un­der­stand how women talk to each other. I had no idea how much spec­u­la­tion went into in­ten­tions. “Did he hold your hand? Right hand or left? How did he hold your hand? How many fin­gers? Three fin­gers! Oh, I know what that means.” The guy’s rec­ol­lec­tion of that is, “Yeah, we held hands.” The Bach­e­lor girls are locked in a man­sion with only one guy for weeks on end. Be hon­est, have any of them hit on you? I don’t think I’ve ever been hit on. If I was, I prob­a­bly didn’t no­tice. And even if I did no­tice, I’d never do any­thing about it be­cause I’m there to do a job. There’s a line you pro­fes­sion­ally don’t cross. Plus, I was too busy hit­ting on the make-up artist… Speak­ing of your make-up artist fiancée, Au­drey Grif­fen, the big day is loom­ing. Are you a groomzilla? No, I’m fine. I think I’m like most other grooms, say­ing, “What am I wear­ing and when do I have to be there?” How in­volved will Grif­fen’s daugh­ter Gigi be in the wed­ding?

“I re­quire con­stant hair and wardrobe… it takes hours of prep to hide [Bach­e­lor] date cards”

I’m not just mak­ing a com­mit­ment to Au­drey in front of every­body we love and care about. I am ab­so­lutely promis­ing Gigi just as much as Au­drey. I knew that was what I was ask­ing for when I asked Au­drey to marry me and, my word, I’m hope­fully go­ing to make it a very special day for both of those lovely ladies. You’ve got a failed mar­riage to Noa Tishby be­hind you. Do you think you could be a good hus­band to Grif­fen with­out hav­ing made those mis­takes? I think it was Louis CK who said, “No good mar­riage ends in divorce.” I’m very dif­fer­ent now and I work hard ev­ery day to be a good per­son. I’m grate­ful for ev­ery­thing I went through be­cause it has al­lowed me to have this re­la­tion­ship. I wouldn’t have what I have to­day with­out hav­ing gone through it. Do you ever get sick of liv­ing and breath­ing love? No! Be­cause one thing the world needs more of is love. Love for each other, love for peo­ple we haven’t met yet, love for our coun­try, for our com­mu­nity, our en­vi­ron­ment. Love for what we have. And love for our­selves. You’ve said lov­ing your­self took time. Why? When you’re a kid, what­ever in­se­cu­ri­ties you have or weird stuff hap­pens to you gets re­ally burnt into your brain. All you need is a lit­tle trig­ger – a smell, a glance, some­one or something sim­i­lar – and it can all come flood­ing back. The next thing you know, you’re a fully grown, mort­gage-pay­ing hu­man, be­ing told what to do and how to re­act by an [in­ner] eight-year-old. What trig­gers that eight-year-old? Like any­body who went through child­hood or ado­les­cence over­weight, there’s def­i­nitely shame and em­bar­rass­ment – you never for­get the look in a bully’s eyes when they’re nip­ple crippling you so hard they draw blood. That stuff, as much as you try to get past it, is still there. It left me with weird thought pat­terns that I still have to deal with as an adult, which kind of sucks. You helped your Aus­tralian Idol co-host James Mathi­son with his re­cent run for par­lia­ment. Would you run your­self? I’d love to work in lob­by­ing, es­pe­cially in the ar­eas of men­tal-health sup­port and clean en­ergy. But when it comes to de­bate, I tend to turn peo­ple off. I get worked up and pas­sion­ate re­ally quickly; I need to work on that. James is a calm, calm man. In­stead you just get to spread love… If I can find a way to spread love in the houses of par­lia­ment, you bet I’ll do it. The Bach­e­lorette premieres at 7.30pm, Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 21, on Net­work Ten.

´´like any­body who went through child­hood over­weight, there´s def­i­nitely shame´´

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