‘ If I don’t take flowers for Amanda Keller, trouble ’ I’m in big
WITH JAMIE DURIE, THE LIVING ROOM
“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.”