Fame isn't a dirty word
Using celebrity for good rather than evil is important, says Dirty Laundry Live’s Brooke Satchwell
YOU’D be hard- pressed to fi nd someone not fascinated by celebrity gossip – and that includes celebrities themselves.
Brooke Satchwell can certainly relate. Having found fame at 15 on Neighbours, she has had a successful and varied career. But comedy quiz Dirty Laundry Live, which looks at the weird and wonderful things that have happened in the gossip world during the week, is “the most fun you can have on TV”, she says.
“I’ve always referred to it as the bunch of people left around the kitchen table last thing in the morning, shooting the s** t, straight from the hip,” she says.
“We love to pretend we don’t care [ about celebrity gossip] but it fi lls so much time and space in our conversations.
“It’s been that thing since we were small villages – it’s the curiosity about the people next door.” Alongside Satchwell, Dirty
Laundry Live is helmed by Lawrence Mooney. And despite moving up from ABC2 in season three to the “main channel”, they don’t plan to change what isn’t broken as they return to screens.
“The only thing that’s diff erent is that we’ve got two runs on the board and this is the third time even more lucky,” says Satchwell.
“We’ve got all the team back plus we’ll have some new faces which is exciting. But other than that it’s Dirty Laundry Live as you know and love it.”
While other celebs may struggle with delving into the nitty gritty of the lives of the stars, Satchwell says she doesn’t see herself as “famous”.
“Whenever people say to me, ‘ You’re on telly, you’re famous,’ I’m like, ‘ Yeah, legend in my own lunch box’,” she laughs. “I’ve never really taken it seriously.”
What she does take seriously, however, is the ability her public notoriety allows her to “do for good rather than evil”.
Satchwell recently joined The Butterfl y Foundation’s campaign Don’t DIS My Appearance, a national fundraiser aiming at fi ghting body shaming while raising money for eating disorder services.
It’s a campaign she says she feels passionate about, especially with a young niece who she wants to have a balanced perspective.
“It is, quite frankly, BS to judge a book by its cover,” she says.
“There’s so much more value in human beings and if they’re going to get caught up in surface judgments it’s an incredible concern. Not only for the people who are being judged, but by the people who are doing the judging.”
Down- to- earth and self- deprecating, Satchwell says that it was starting her journey in the public eye in a pre- internet age that has helped her have such solid foundations.
Recalling being at her local Red Rooster the fi rst time she was recognised in public thanks to Neighbours, she promptly “spilt four Cokes over the counter in terror”.
But with no social media to amplify the scrutiny, “it was still relatively contained,” says Satchwell.
“I’m aware of it, but I don’t pay attention to it,” she says of her reaction to public recognition today.
“I can sense heads turning and I know what it is but it doesn’t interfere with whatever I’m doing.”
And lest you think you’re alone in believing you ‘ know’ your favourite celebs, Satchwell confesses to having her own moments when she feels a false sense of intimacy with a public figure.
“I do it with people in the industry,” she admits.
“We have this really dorky conversation where it’s like, ‘ Did we meet at a job? Or at an event? No, I just know you from the telly. OK, nice to meet you!’”
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