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H aving a thick skin has been So­phie Monk’s sav­ing grace.

“I’ve been in the busi­ness 100 years. I’ve never re­ally had any other job so it does feel like for­ever,” Monk tells BW mag­a­zine. “I’ve got to have a thick skin or I wouldn’t be still do­ing this and I wouldn’t be able to smile, to be hon­est. It is pretty hard to get me. I’ve been through so much drama; your tol­er­ance goes through the roof with it.”

From bro­ken en­gage­ments to Good Char­lotte’s Benji Mad­den and Jimmy Ese­bag to dat­ing Avatar’s Sam Wor­thing­ton and sur­viv­ing re­al­ity TV with her for­mer Bar­dot band mates, Monk has weath­ered her share of con­tro­ver­sies in what can only be de­scribed as a tur­bu­lent in­dus­try.

Un­der­stand­ably, the 37-year-old is straight to the point. It is how she rolls and why we love her. Noth­ing is off lim­its when she sits down for a chat about her plans for the year ahead, both work and per­sonal.

And 2017 is shap­ing up to be a good year, work­wise, for Monk. She con­tin­ues work with ra­dio sta­tion KIIS and shot a Pepsi com­mer­cial at the end of last year, as well as a game show for Chan­nel Nine.

“I couldn’t pick which I love the most, TV or ra­dio,” she says.

“I just like chang­ing it up. I get so bored very quickly and also have com­mit­ment-pho­bia in ev­ery other area of my life.”

One high­light for the year ahead will be her part­ner­ship with NBC Uni­ver­sal and pro­duc­tion com­pany Match­box on a satir­i­cal drama TV show. Monk is writ­ing, di­rect­ing and is set to star in the pi­lot that aims to lift the lid on the re­al­ity TV genre, bust­ing myths about the in­dus­try’s “glam­our”. “It is just re­ally real re­al­ity,” she says. “I want peo­ple to see be­hind the scenes is not glam­orous. I am get­ting changed in the car half the time to get to a red car­pet. I had to jump the fence at the ARIAs be­cause no one was there to meet me and I went down the wrong way to come up the car­pet. I was there with my bags car­ry­ing them.

“Peo­ple don’t get it, it is not glam. Even the Kar­dashi­ans have to get changed in the car to go from one event to another. We make it look glam­orous but we are all hang­ing around back­stage in smelly stair­wells or cater­ing. I want to show all the be­hind the scenes.”

Singing is also back on the cards for Monk, who hasn’t re­leased mu­sic for more than a decade.

“I’d love to sing again. Kasey Cham­bers wants to work with me,” she says. “Kasey has writ­ten me a song and it was beau­ti­ful when I heard it. It is just for fun, I don’t care who takes to it or picks on me or what­ever but yeah I miss it.”

Per­son­ally too, Monk hopes for a big year — the vet­eran TV, mu­sic and ra­dio star would like to be­come a mum. While sin­gle, she’s look­ing at all of her op­tions.

“I’ve never felt clucky un­til now. Re­cently, any­thing lit­tle, I just want it,” she says. “Ide­ally I’d like to have kids this year but I need a guy. I reckon I would do it by my­self to be hon­est — if it got to that time. My sis­ter is like my hus­band, so she would look af­ter it, but I would like to do it prop­erly.”

Find­ing the right guy has al­ways been a chal­lenge for the per­former.

“You’ve seen me in and out of love too many times,” she says. “If I wasn’t in this in­dus­try I reckon I’d be mar­ried with four kids al­ready but it is tough, I find, with what

For So­phie Monk, 2017 is shap­ing up to be a good year.

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