Emma Watkins

At home with There’s a touch of roy­alty about this busy fam­ily-fo­cused per­former

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The Wig­gles have an in­tense tour­ing sched­ule, but there was one ne date in April this year that Emma Watkins specif­i­cally re­quested be kept free.

It was the day she mar­ried fel­low Wig­gle, ig­gle, Lach­lan (Lachy) Gillespie.

“My great-grand­mother got mar­ried d on April 9, then mum mar­ried on April 9 and nd we got mar­ried on April 9 this year,” Em­maa says.

Emma be­came the first fe­male Wig­gle­gle when she donned the yel­low skivvy four r years ago, join­ing orig­i­nal Wig­gle An­thony Field ield at the same time as Lachy and Si­mon Pryce. ce.

“To think about when we started as Wig­gles in train­ing — that feels like a whole dif­fer­ent era,” says Emma.

“Now we’re right into the swing of thishis Wig­gling and it just doesn’t stop.”

When they are home in North Syd­ney, ey, Emma and Lachy en­joy spend­ing time with their two galahs, Gucci and Baby, who live at Emma’s par­ents’ home the rest of the year. ear.

“Galahs nor­mally stick to one per­son n but be­cause we were all around them whenn they were grow­ing up, they like every­body.”

The cou­ple’s home is part of an 1890s s house that’s been di­vided into apart­ments. nts.

“The pre­vi­ous owner had beau­ti­ful French cur­tains and we de­cided to leave them and dec­o­rate ev­ery­thing to match,” Emma says.

The Wig­gles will be a star act at Wool­worths Car­ols In The Do­main in the Royal Botanic Gar­dens on De­cem­ber 18. 8.

“Be­ing at home and in Aus­tralia for Car­ols is such a lovely thing for us be­cause we’re re here with our fam­i­lies as well.”

Fairy door

We have three fairy doors at our home. Our home is 130 years old and we’ve al­ways felt there are fairies in it.

Il­lus­tra­tionIl­lus Goat

This goat lives in our gar­den. The house is on quite a big plot of land and the gar­den is shared.

Vik­to­ria No­vak mak makes my head­pieces. She gave us th this il­lus­tra­tion of us by Aaron Fava Faval­oro for our wed­ding.

Emma Watkins, chil­dren’s per­former in The Wig­gles

Her­itage apart­ment in North Syd­ney she shares with hus­band and fel­low Wig­gle, Lach­lan Gillespie

Mother’s wed­ding dress. I wore this dress at my en­gage­ment party

My grand­mother’s maiden name was Royal and I grew up think­ing Nana was Queen El­iz­a­beth be­cause they look so alike. I think that’s why I love wear­ing crowns and tiaras, ev­ery­thing’s royal

We fi­nally get to see our fam­ily when we’re home. We travel for eight to nine months of the year. Lachy and I are re­ally lucky we are to­gether be­cause when we are tour­ing we don’t feel too home­sick be­cause we have each other

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