‘Yes, I’m hav­ing a mid-life cri­sis!’

Cover star Mel Giedroyc on spray tans and braces

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Mel, 50, lives just out­side London with her hus­band Ben Mor­ris, a tele­vi­sion pro­ducer, and their two daugh­ters, Florence, 16, and Vita, 14. This year, she’s swap­ping TV for the stage in a pro­duc­tion of the Stephen Sond­heim and Ge­orge Furth mu­si­cal, Com­pany.

LOOK­ING GOOD AT 50

I’ve re­cently got braces. I think it’s a mid-life cri­sis writ large! I’ve had so much mick­ey­tak­ing and I’ve al­ways said, ‘Oh, I’ve got ter­ri­ble 1970s teeth.’ I’d say my sib­lings and I have got the worst teeth in Bri­tain. My beloved sis­ter Coky, five years older than me, had hers done three years ago. I was se­cretly slightly seething be­cause I knew she was go­ing to have a set of crack­ing gnash­ers. And they do look re­ally, re­ally good.

My den­tist has been des­per­ate for the past five years to get his hands on these old ’70s gnash­ers. But I prom­ise you, they won’t be straight, Os­mond-like, bright white things. It’s just to help me through the mid-life cri­sis. They’re ab­so­lute ruddy agony. You feel like your head is in a vice and there are metal brack­ets that dig in, so I had the worst ul­cers. I went to a wed­ding about four days af­ter hav­ing them done and I looked like I’d had mas­sive fillers in my lips be­cause they were so swollen. It was re­ally em­bar­rass­ing but, now, it’s all good and I love the braces.

I re­ally got into spray tans, as well. I had them done for a play I was in that was set in Si­cily. It was the best. I now to­tally un­der­stand why peo­ple on Strictly get ad­dicted to them. I was ad­dicted, but I’m through that phase now. You feel like you’ve been on hol­i­day for a week when you’re done. You look at your­self and feel re­laxed. I didn’t feel tired, and had loads of en­ergy. But my hus­band started send­ing me car­rot emo­jis. My kids were so em­bar­rassed. Also, be­cause you get hooked quite quickly, you want to look darker. You get a bit bold, and I ended up with ex­tra-tanned cheeks. It wasn’t good. But I had to sit down and prom­ise the kids I would no longer have any spray tans.

I don’t like to think of my­self as a vain

per­son, I have no rea­son to be. Peo­ple run­ning marathons, that’s kind of a bit of van­ity, isn’t it? You can dress that up and say you’re sud­denly think­ing about other peo­ple – no, it’s be­cause you want to be lean and get rid of the bingo wings. Let’s be hon­est! [Laughs]

Be­sides the braces, I’d never have any other work done. You don’t need Bo­tox, just get a fringe. Fringes are key.

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