NTAs SPECIAL: Our interview with Lorraine Kelly
A famously friendly and approachable presence, the one and only Lorraine Kelly stopped by for a chat with us on the red carpet of last night’s 21st annual National Television Awards. We spoke to Lorraine about her career, inspirations, and whether or not she’d be up for a spot on Strictly. Here’s what she had to say:
TVDaily: Hey Lorraine, you’re looking absolutely stunning tonight!
Lorraine Kelly: Oh, thank you! I wasn’t sure about a red dress on the red carpet, but I asked my style advisor – my daughter – and she said this bag and these shoes [both silver] would be fine. She’s very good.
TVD: You’re cited by many as a very inspirational woman – but who inspires you?
LK: My mother, and Oprah Winfrey. I was so lucky to meet Oprah and to interview her, and she was everything I hoped she would be. I loved her. She’s broken so many barriers, the glass ceiling, and given such a lot back to other women. She’s a great voice for all women; women of all ages, colours, nationalities and religion. I love that.
TVD: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
LK: You’ve got to do your homework. I still do that – I’ve got two shows tomorrow, and I’ll do my homework for those. It’s all about putting the graft in – nothing comes easy. Which is good.
TVD: That’s a shame! We’d hoped you’d say it was no hard work at all…
So there’s been talk about you and Strictly Come Dancing. Would you do it?
LK: Never! You know the way on Strictly Come Dancing they always have contestants who are rubbish, but really sweet and funny? I would just be rubbish.
TVD: You’d be really sweet and funny though!
LK: No, I wouldn’t, I’d just be really bad! I think for any of [the professionals] if they got me it would just be like dancing with a tree. I mean I can do my exercises really well, and that’s as a class, but when it comes down to one-on-one and it’s moves, and being elegant, no. I wouldn’t be any good. I love the show, and I love to watch, but I’d be dreadful.
TVD: How about any of the other reality shows? Could we see you on them?
LK: No! Never! Never ever ever ever.
TVD: You’re too good for them!
LK: Well, I don’t know about that! I like to watch them, although I think Celebrity Big Brother has just got… Well, I found all those young girls screaming and shouting at one another and calling each other the C word absolutely horrific! I was really offended by that. And I was embarrassed for them, actually. I really was. It was horrible. Using that word is unnecessary.
TVD: When people meet you do they feel like they know you?
LK: Yes, and that’s lovely, because it really breaks down barriers. Especially if you’re interviewing people like a lot of Hollywood stars that get interviewed about ten times a day, and they’re getting dead behind the eyes. If you’ve met them before, it just makes it easier. Also I think being Scottish makes it easier in a weird way! Because they always go “Ah, you’re from Scotland”! George Clooney I remember saying “Oh my god, I love golf”, and I was telling him where to go play golf, where to go on holiday… I think that helps! The more you do it, the more it’s easier.
TVD: Excellent pointers from one interviewer to another!
[We were clearly too in awe to take a proper photo of Lorraine, so apologies for the insane collage in its place]