Rolling out the red carpet
Buhle Mbonambi speaks to e.tv showbiz reporter Nicky Greenwall
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.
The Showbiz Report screens every Saturday on e.tv at 7.30pm.
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