EMMA

‘I Never Thought I’d Make It’ Emma on her go-to beauty prod­ucts, the pres­sures of live TV and how she main­tains that killer fig­ure

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TV queen, mum of three, #fit­ness­goals and our go-to for pixie hair­cut in­spi­ra­tion – it’s no sur­prise that Emma Wil­lis has al­ways been a firm Look favourite.

In the last cou­ple of years, the pre­sen­ter has barely been off our TV screens, jug­gling her schedule be­tween Big Brother, The Voice UK and this year’s BRIT Awards (Emma’s ca­reer high­light to date). It’s fair to say she’s one of TV’S bright­est stars.

When Look set­tles down for a chat with the 41-year-old, it’s ahead of her dra­matic dash to hospi­tal that saw the star un­dergo emer­gency surgery for an in­fected ap­pen­dix (we’re told she’s now re­cov­er­ing well) and she’s in good spir­its, as she al­ways is.

Emma’s come a long way in the last decade. TV blun­ders rarely faze her and when it comes to feel­ing un­der pres­sure, she re­fuses to let oth­ers get her down. Yes, live TV can be scary – but ‘nowhere near as ter­ri­fy­ing as rais­ing a child’. In our catch-up, Emma – who’s mar­ried to Busted’s Matt, 34 – re­veals the se­crets be­hind her fig­ure, her fave beauty prod­ucts and whether she’d en­ter the CBB house…

You’re an am­bas­sador for Gil­lette Venus. How do you get party-ready? I al­ways start by ban­ish­ing the chil­dren to an­other room [laughs]. If I need to be quick, I line up all my essen­tials, jump in the shower, shave us­ing my Venus Snap, get dressed, grab some dry sham­poo and do my make-up on the go. If I have more time I’ll lock the bath­room door, lie in the bath for 30 min­utes, then spend an hour choos­ing my out­fit. What’s your favourite beauty prod­uct at the mo­ment? The Venus Swirl – it shaves and mois­turises at the same time. What’s your go-to fash­ion item? A black jump­suit. It’s smart enough, but cool and ca­sual too. Just add a lit­tle bomber jacket and a pair of heels. Do you have any style icons? Gwen Ste­fani and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham. I’d love to dress like Gwen if I was brave enough, and with Vic­to­ria I just want ev­ery­thing she de­signs. Do you have any favourite brands? Malin+goetz. I’ve just started us­ing the mois­turiser and it’s re­ally good. The brand’s prod­ucts are amaz­ing. When it comes to fit­ness, which ex­er­cises do you find most ef­fec­tive? HIIT, light weights and box­ing – I try to in­cor­po­rate all three. What’s your food mantra? I think ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion, but I don’t eat badly. I do have a sweet tooth, so ev­ery now and then I’ll ban­ish sugar and cleanse my sys­tem, so I’m def­i­nitely more of a detoxer than a di­eter. Do you ever feel pres­sure to look a cer­tain way? No. I won’t al­low my­self to feel pres­sure from other peo­ple, es­pe­cially when it comes to get­ting in shape. I work out be­cause I en­joy it. If the ‘me time’ I get can be spent be­com­ing stronger and fit­ter, then that’s what I’m do­ing it for, not for look­ing as slim as pos­si­ble on TV. I still get ner­vous, but I think my age has made me more com­fort­able. As nerve-wrack­ing as live TV is, I al­ways think: is it as ter­ri­fy­ing as rais­ing a child? That’s my bar of com­par­i­son. What’s one piece of ad­vice you would give to young girls? Be re­al­is­tic. My one bug­bear is peo­ple por­tray­ing them­selves in a very un­re­al­is­tic way. Peo­ple aren’t per­fect and try­ing to por­tray a per­fect life is un­healthy. You were re­cently praised for how you han­dled the stage in­vader on The Voice. Are you used to stuff go­ing wrong on air? Had I known it had hap­pened it prob­a­bly would have fazed me [laughs], but I was to­tally obliv­i­ous un­til af­ter­wards. The new se­ries of CBB is com­ing up. Who would you most like to see in the house? Can I have two? Richard and Judy. I just want to watch them all the time. Would you ever go in your­self? Some­times I think if I re­ally love it I should want to ex­pe­ri­ence it from all an­gles, but I’d never want to be dis­ap­pointed. I’m just go­ing to stick to pre­sent­ing. I guess you know what hap­pens in there… You know what, I don’t. A lot of it is very spon­ta­neous – I like watch­ing it as a viewer. Did you have any ca­reer in­spi­ra­tion when you were get­ting into the in­dus­try? Not re­ally, be­cause I feel like I’ve blagged it a lit­tle bit. I was al­ways wait­ing for it to end be­cause I never thought it’d last. Do you have a favourite in­ter­view? Will Smith was amaz­ing – ev­ery­thing you want the Fresh Prince of Bel Air to be. He’s a Hol­ly­wood great. What’s your idea of a per­fect date night with Matt? Prob­a­bly a night in! Put the kids to bed and watch more than one episode of a box set. We’ve just fin­ished The Crown and we might start Line Of Duty tonight…

Try­ing to por­tray a per­fect life is un­healthy

Emma shares a cuppa with hubby Matt

Emma works out to get fit, not slim­mer

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