Rolling out the red car­pet

Buhle Mbonambi speaks to show­biz re­porter Nicky Green­wall

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NICKY Green­wall has be­come an icon on TV thanks to her pop­u­lar celebrity show The Show­biz Re­port. She’s also been a Pan­tene brand am­bas­sador and has at­tended most celebrity events worth at­tend­ing to give her view­ers the lat­est in the world of en­ter­tain­ment.

You’ve been do­ing The Show­biz Re­port for five years. What’s the biggest story you’ve worked on?

Michael Jack­son’s death was one of the more chal­leng­ing sto­ries we have worked on. It’s rare that show­biz news ends up be­ing the lead story in the main news, so that week was quite de­mand­ing for the whole team.

What is it like be­ing at events such as the Os­cars and the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val?

It’s an hon­our to be able to at­tend these events as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the South African press. To be hon­est there isn’t much time to be starstruck. There are so many journos fight­ing for a sound bite – you just have to get in there and do it.

You’ve in­ter­viewed many fa­mous peo­ple. Who was the best to in­ter­view?

I don’t re­ally think of in­ter­views in terms of “best” and “worst”. It’s more “us­able” and “non-us­able”. There are more chal­leng­ing in­ter­vie­wees like Avril Lav­i­gne, who isn’t re­ally up for talk­ing, and then there are those in­ter­vie­wees that take you by sur­prise – like Jim Car­rey.

He’s in­cred­i­bly can­did and, con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, he doesn’t al­ways try to turn ev­ery­thing into a joke.

The most dif­fi­cult per­son you’ve in­ter­viewed? Same as above. Avril Lav­i­gne. Which per­son made the biggest im­pres­sion on you? I think Jim Car­rey. It’s not com­mon for a South African en­ter­tain­ment show to last more than two sea­sons. What makes The Show­biz Re­port such a suc­cess?

Well, I think we just keep go­ing un­til some­one asks us to stop. Con­sis­tency and cost-ef­fec­tive­ness are re­ally im­por­tant in the cur­rent tele­vi­sion land­scape in South Africa.

And the spin-off shows The Tech Re­port and The Style Re­port? How did you come up with them?

These are not new con­cepts – we’ve just spent most of the past few years try­ing to find ways to ex­e­cute them in a way that will be watch­able and rel­e­vant to our view­ers.

Now for a few fun ques­tions: what’s your favourite dress that you’ve worn on the show?

That’s a tough ques­tion! It’s a toss-up be­tween the pink Rosen­werth gown I wore to the Os­cars this year or the brown ball gown from Baroque that I wore to the Venice Film Fes­ti­val.

Do Mar­ion & Lindie spon­sor the show or do you just love their clothes?

I have a num­ber of cloth­ing de­sign­ers who I work with who pro­vide me with dresses that I wear and re­turn af­ter the shoot.

I am a big fan of Mar­ion & Lindie, but the main rea­son I con­tinue to use them so of­ten is that their sales staff in Cape Town are so friendly.

What did Char­l­ize Theron say to you be­fore you in­ter­viewed her?

Well, be­fore the cam­era started rolling I think we just spoke about her shoes. They looked like they were made of per­spex.

A Harry Pot­ter or fan?

I’m ob­sessed with both in equal

Twi­light mea­sure – al­though Harry was my first love.

Have you ever wanted to dye your hair an­other colour?

Well I’ve pretty much dyed it ev­ery colour un­der the sun ex­cept black, so I’m not sure if there are any other op­tions left to me. I usu­ally dye my hair brown in win­ter and stay blonde in sum­mer.

What would you want to do with your free time if you weren’t busy with The Show­biz Re­port? I’d paint.

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