‘I’m Doing It For The Redheads!’
TV presenter Angela Scanlon talks to Look’s Lucy Devine about partying with Prince Harry, social media haters and the difficulties of live TV…
Hang out with Angela Scanlon for longer than five minutes and you’ll come away with three things: beauty tips for life, stories to make you belly laugh and a feeling you’ve known her for way longer. Standing next to us in a Stella Mccartney leopard print coat (which she says she nabbed on sale), she’s explaining what makes the perfect pair of jeans (more on that later) and demonstrating her flawless hair-curling technique.
The Irish-born journalist, fashion guru, and TV presenter, 33, has had an impressive career. Angela’s first big TV gig was online for The Voice UK in 2015 and last year she co-hosted BBC Two’s Robot Wars. Now, not only is she holding the fort over on The One Show, standing in for Alex Jones who’s on maternity leave, she’s just been revealed as Garnier Nutrisse’s new brand ambassador. Angela is one to watch…
Hi Angela, congratulations on becoming the new face of Garnier Nutrisse! Do you ever have bad hair days? Thanks! I feel like I’m doing it for the redheads. People used to say: ‘Do you like blondes or brunettes?’ Red hair was never even a consideration. We’ve got our own emoji now! Yes, I have bad hair days. I have a little fisherman’s cap I often hide in. Some people find it quite questionable, but I love it. You’re joining Davina Mccall and Holly Willoughby, who are also ambassadors. Davina accidentally revealed the news a little early… We all got a bit excited. We were very giddy [on set] and Davina uploaded a picture of us having a ball and suddenly we just thought: ‘Oops!’ What’s your number one beauty tip? SPF. I don’t spend much on make-up, but I’m very fair and my skin burns easily. I just put it on under my make-up every day. What’s your favourite item of clothing? Jeans. They’re my uniform. I love Topshop ones. I have a pair I’ve worn so much they have a rip in the bum. I still wear them, but only with long tops – it can get a bit draughty [laughs]! Also, Marks & Spencer’s men’s cashmere jumpers are the best – a bit more boyish and cheaper than women’s ones. Will you be at London Fashion Week? I like to dabble. I used to do Fashion Week hardcore, but now it’s mainly about friends who are designers or if there’s a fun party. I think it’s brilliant that everybody can be involved and feel entitled to an opinion. What’s the best celebrity party you’ve been to? I don’t go to many fabulous things, but there’s the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park in Ascot and Princes William and Harry are always there – sharing the air with Hazza is quite the thrill for me. We don’t really do polo in Ireland, so it’s quite fantastic. You’ve had great feedback from fans since you’ve been on The One Show, but how do you handle the haters? I try to ignore it and take it with a pinch of salt. I think: ‘Head down, do your best.’ What’s been your career highlight to date? Hosting Robot Wars. Obviously I’m sitting in for Alex on The One Show – that’s very much her programme – but Robot Wars is very special to me. It’s just an absolute celebration of brilliant people who have an intense passion for something. Do you have any quirky hobbies? I collect crystals. I’m quite into it, so I burn sage and incense – my flat is like a little cavern. It’s so relaxing. I usually carry things in my bag, so if somebody needs it I whip out a bit of sage![laughs] Has anything really awkward ever happened on TV? Last year, I hosted the BAFTAS for BBC Three. I was on the red carpet and heard Michael Fassbender was en route. I have quite a soft spot for him, so I got prepping. Anyway, I turned around and there was this lovely grey-haired gentleman standing behind me[angela falls about laughing] – I’m just so embarrassed about this! I was imagining he was my dad and had somehow stumbled on to the red carpet. I said: ‘Is this your first time at the BAFTAS?’ I found out later it was Steven Spielberg. Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? Meryl Streep – I think she’d be really good fun. Michael Ball – I co-hosted The One Show with him and he’s a hoot. And Mary Berry. You always see Mary in her little floral bomber being so demure, but my favourite moment was when she punched the air at the NTAS. So yeah, Mary Bezza. I’ll chuck a bit of sage around the room, too.
Sharing the air with Prince Harry is quite the thrill
Angela is the new ambassador for Garnier Nutrisse and Garnier Ultimate Blends in the UK & Ireland*
Red hot: Angela’s currently hosting The One Show
With fellow Garnier ambassadors Davina Mccall and Holly Willoughby