'I used to strip down to my undies all the time – and I believe in never say never again': The world according to Holly Willoughby
22:01 GMT, 17 March 2012
The presenter on modelling lingerie, interviewing David Cameron and what made her jealous of best friend Fearne Cotton
'I'm utterly useless at exercising. I have great intentions but never seem to keep it up… I try to eat a healthy diet,' said Holly Willoughby
Holly Willoughby, former model, is now one of ITV’s biggest stars, co-hosting This Morning with Phillip Schofield as well as – until very recently – the celebrity reality show Dancing On Ice.
Her new role is arguably her biggest yet: host of singing competition The Voice. The show, which has been hugely successful in America, has star judges such as Tom Jones, Wil.I.Am and Jessie J, and goes head-to-head with Britain’s Got Talent on ITV.
She is married to TV producer Dan Baldwin. The couple live in London and have two children, Harry, two, and Belle, who is one in April.
On Fearne Cotton: 'She may be my best friend but when she interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry I have never been more jealous in my life'
Don’t complain about being recognised – it’s part of showbusiness.
There’s a certain section of the public who spot me in the street but it’s never horrible. I’m not a soap villain who gets spat at.
My best birthday present ever was being burnt at the stake.
For my birthday last year, the This Morning team arranged for me to appear in an episode of Miss Marple. It wasn’t a speaking part and my character was supposed to be burnt on top of a bonfire! I’m an Agatha Christie fan and it was probably the best gift ever.
I’m utterly useless at exercising.
I have great intentions but never seem to keep it up. Very recently I ran for three days in a row and thought I had the bug – but I didn’t stay bitten. I know how to dress my figure, so I stay looking good by wearing the right clothes. I try to eat a healthy diet – I had a salmon salad for lunch, but now I’m sitting here with a packet of ready salted crisps and a cake.
'Don't complain about being recognised – it's part of showbusiness. There's a certain section of the public who spot me in the street but it's never horrible. I'm not a soap villain who gets spat at,' said Holly
Accidentally exposing my boobs and calling a huge film star by the wrong name are just part of the job.
Being a TV presenter who does a lot of live work these things are bound to happen. I was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child and so reading an autocue can still be difficult at times. The worst moment came when I was talking about Indian film star Anil Kapoor. I got my words totally mixed up and blurted it out as Anal Kapoor. I couldn’t even explain what I had done and sat there like a lemon. I almost died over that one. There’s also internet footage of when my dressed slipped down, during an energetic dance routine on children’s television. It’s live TV, so you just have to smile and carry on.
Jeffrey Archer is the rudest person I’ve ever met.
He was launching a book and so we had him on This Morning, but he made a very sarcastic comment about one of my questions. I thought that was really naughty because I was only trying to help him publicise the novel and then he tried to make me look stupid. That wasn’t nice and it was very unnecessary. That’s the only time anyone I’ve been interviewing has been like that.
I was worried about interviewing David Cameron but he was great.
I was nervous going into it – I knew a lot of people thought I couldn’t do it – but I soon realised that people watching This Morning were just like me. They didn’t want fancy-pants questions about policies, they wanted an everyday chat with the PM. I did that and it really worked.
On interviewing David Cameron: 'I was nervous going into it – I knew a lot of people thought I couldn't do it – but I soon realised that people watching This Morning were just like me'
The Voice is not trying to compete with Britain’s Got Talent – viewing figures don’t matter to me.
The show works because it gives people a chance to compete against each other on a level playing field as they are only judged on their voice. The audience can see what the singer looks like but the performer is screened off from the four coaches (Tom Jones, Wil.I.Am, Jessie J and The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue). It’s a great idea. We judge people on first impressions – in every walk of life we wrongly assess people on how we see them. In the show, when you hear somebody singing without seeing them, you create a person in your head. Quite often we play along backstage, shutting our eyes and trying to work out what a singer looks like. Reggie Yates, my co-host, and I usually get it completely wrong.
Fearne Cotton and I are very boring these days.
We don’t party like we used to do. The last time we all met up was at Fearne’s 30th birthday, in September last year. Her mum cooked a big meal and we sat out in the garden. Having children means you are more likely to stay in, cook and open a bottle of wine instead of going out. She may be my best friend but when she interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry I have never been more jealous in my life. If it had been me I would’ve been totally bowled over but she managed to hold it together. Kate Middleton is my dream interview. I’d love to be the first person to chat to her but there’s a long queue.
I’m good at getting stories out of people.
When I’m interviewing on the sofa for This Morning it just feels like an intimate chat. Yes, there can be a producer talking through your earpiece but it all becomes second nature after a while. I don’t know if it’s because I come over very natural to the interviewee or it’s good chemistry going on, but it works.
'When I started as a model I did a lot of lingerie work but it was for Pretty Polly, which is a very safe brand…. I would need some time to get in shape, but I would consider it,' said Holly
Phillip Schofield could give Bear Grylls a run for his money.
You wouldn’t expect it to look at him, but in a life-threatening situation you should always turn to Phillip Schofield. On a desert island he would be perfect. Phil is very practical and would build you an amazing shack as well as keep you entertained with all his hundreds of stories. He’s the master of television. There’s no substitute for experience. He’s been at it for so long, it’s almost like he could live his entire day in front of the camera and not slip up. I don’t think I’ve quite reached that stage, judging by the number of cock-ups I have to my name.
I once accidentally went on a date with a cowboy.
It was my worst date as I’d met him on a plane when he was wearing normal clothes and looked gorgeous. There was no sign of a cowboy connection and I was very excited about seeing him again. When we met later at a restaurant he was wearing all the gear. I thought about turning round and doing a runner but I have good manners. I couldn’t go out with a cowboy because I don’t own any cowgirl outfits. At least he didn’t have the horse tied up outside.
I used to strip down to my undies all the time – and I believe in never say never again.
When I started as a model I did a lot of lingerie work but it was for Pretty Polly, which is a very safe brand. It’s been less than a year since I had my second baby so I would need some time to get in shape, but I would consider it. Having the time to do all these things is the real problem.
‘The Voice UK’ begins next Saturday on BBC1