‘ If I don’t take flow­ers for Amanda Keller, trou­ble ’ I’m in big


The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - The Last Word... -

“WHEN I shot my very first TV show, Dig This for Fox­tel, I don’t re­mem­ber feel­ing ter­ri­fied or scared, I just re­mem­ber feel­ing re­ally ex­cited.

I’d spent 10 years on stage be­fore that in Las Ve­gas (in male re­vue troupe Man­power) so I was used to be­ing in front of an au­di­ence. And it’s a very sim­i­lar thing when you’ve got a cam­era pointed at you. I’ve spent 18 years in life­style tele­vi­sion now – I’ve done close to 52 life­style shows. And af­ter all that time, you learn to go where it feels com­fort­able. And I feel re­ally com­fort­able work­ing with The Liv­ing Room team.

I love hang­ing with the cast and I love the pro­duc­tion com­pany. If you get along well with peo­ple off cam­era, you’re go­ing to get along with them well on cam­era. The Liv­ing Room is the right kind of medium to show that chem­istry be­tween Amanda (Keller), Miguel (Maestre), Barry (Du Bois) Chris (Brown) and my­self. I’m fill­ing in for Chris for seven weeks on air [while he’s do­ing I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!]. If I was him, I wouldn’t be wor­ried about his job. I’d be think­ing, ‘This is fine.’ I mean, I’m about a third of his height – I’m go­ing to have to sit on four cush­ions to be on eye level for cam­era. I think he’s safe.

The Liv­ing Room is a re­ally light, fun show to do. I can still add a lot of my pas­sion for de­sign into the show, but have a bit of a gig­gle and not take it too se­ri­ously. The gen­eral rule in TV is just to be your­self. And if you can be your­self on tele­vi­sion, you never have to go to work be­cause you’re ac­tu­ally just hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with friends. That’s when it comes across as gen­uine and real. Peo­ple can smell a fake. They can smell some­one who’s got too much ego and it’s not some­one they want to watch – par­tic­u­larly on a Fri­day night when they’re in their own home. What they want to watch are easy-go­ing, gen­uine peo­ple who are ex­perts at what they do, talk­ing about what they’re pas­sion­ate about.

The first show we’ve got com­ing up on The Liv­ing Room is for Valen­tine’s Day. Ev­ery­body’s think­ing, ‘What kind of roses do I have to get? What colour means what?’ There’s a lot of mean­ing be­hind the roses you give. Ob­vi­ously red is for love. But pink is for in­fat­u­a­tion, yel­low is for jeal­ousy would you be­lieve and white is for friend­ship. A lot of guys think they can throw down a few dozen roses in the mail­box and be done with it but there’s more to Valen­tine’s Day than that. You’ve got to get the right card and speak from the heart. You have to be gen­uine and heart­felt and let them know how you feel.

My Liv­ing Room ro­mance part­ner in crime is def­i­nitely Amanda. If I don’t take flow­ers for Amanda I’m in big trou­ble. Plus, it’s all about writ­ing the right card for Amanda – she’s a tough one be­cause if you get it wrong you’ll hear about it for years.”

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