RT: Any feedback as yet?
Liz: No idea. But I’ve just had two meetings with an American agent, ICM, which is one of the biggest agents in the world and they’ve asked me to go over. They’ve asked me out to America, so I can write with TV writers and big production companies over there, and then audition for films and different things like that.
RT: So is your ultimate aim to be an actress?
Liz: No, I don’t think so. I only wanted to be a TV presenter when I was little and along the way there was a film made in my hometown called Twin Town. It was filmed in Swansea and I knew one of the writers and he asked me if I would play one of the sisters and I turned it down saying I don’t act. So all my life I feel as if I’ve been turning down acting parts and then two months ago I was signed to the International Artists agency. One of their suggestions was: ‘Liz, you need acting lessons because you need to be an all-rounder’, because auditions come in for films and TV and if I just keep saying ‘I’m just gonna do that’, ‘I’m not going to do anything else’, it actually gets to the point where they’re gonna think I’m too fussy. I think I may have been missing a lot of opportunities because I’ve been like that most of the time.
RT: Did you start with modelling?
Liz: Yes, I started modelling at the age of 15 or 16, and I entered all the beauty pageants and won Miss Great Britain. They sent me around the world, first to LA for three months then Taiwan, Hong Kong, Asia, Mexico, Las Vegas, Europe, and Portugal. I was sent to so many different places and at the time I was still at university. There was no way I could have travelled like that as a student, so it was good.
RT: Did you still manage to complete your university degree?
Liz: A week before my finals I was in Las Vegas doing a Hawaiian Tropic model. I was away for a month right up to a week before my finals at uni. I mean, it was really silly, my mum was screaming, get back to Wales, get back to Wales, study, finish your degree and then go. I got a 2:2, I think if I had studied more I would have got a 2:1.
RT: It’s good that you have something to fall back on, and that you haven’t sacrificed your education.
Liz: Yes, my mum wouldn’t have allowed it.
RT: Did your mum drive you into modelling?
RT: So you didn’t have pushy parents?
I was pushed into stage school so I did every single dance lesson, modern and acting and singing, American jazz, I did every single lesson there is at stage school. So when I finished I was sent straight to the stage school at night.
I’d finish about 8 o’clock at night, every night, even Saturdays. My only day off was probably Sundays. My mum did probably push me to that but my mum didn’t really want me to work in show business. My mum for years kept saying to me ‘get a proper job’.
RT: Is your mum in show business?
Liz: No! The only link I did have with showbiz is that Catherine Zeta-Jones and I grew up in the same stage school. I think she’s about 6 or 7 years older than me and for everybody in my class, Catherine was used like a sort of mentor for all of us because at 15 she was doing the West End. She was up and coming and doing auditions and all of us in the classes below were told Catherine is doing this, all of you could be doing it too.
RT: So what do you enjoy the most, modelling, acting…?
Liz: I think TV. Although I am doing a play, it’s going to be my first acting part. It’s called Funk. Apparently, there’s a make-up brand or company called Funk and they’ve got together with screenwriters and scriptwriters to write this play. It’s going to be four days theatre and it centres around two cosmetic girls in a department store and it will be me, and I think they’re considering Jenny Powell. Basically we’re talking about our lives. I play the part of a girl, I think her name’s Ruth or something, where she’s late 20s, two kids, single mother, quite bitter, quite upset, she feels like she’s missed every opportunity in her life. You know people come to the counter and buy things like make-up and she’s really nice to them and then the next minute she’s bitching behind their back. It’s a funny kind of comedy script and I’ve got it, I’ve read it, I auditioned for it and now it’s just where it’s gonna be. I think it will be in either London or Manchester.
RT: How many performances are there?
RT: Why just three?
Liz: I think it’s just kind of a little test. It will be good.
RT: Will this be your first acting role?
Liz: No, I’ve been acting up all my life!
RT: But this will be non-stop won’t it, acting on the stage.
Liz: Yes, it will be different. I don’t know how I’m gonna deal with that. Because when I’m on TV I can talk for three hours but it’s completely ad-lib. I can just waffle but this is a script where you’ve got to learn every single line. So it’s going to be very testing for me and I’m actually very glad that, a) it is out of London and, b) it’s only three nights.
RT: What’s the best job you’ve had so far?
Liz: I don’t know really. Probably the Pop Factory because it was ITV Wales, prime time, big show and we were meeting big guests. Victoria Beckham came on the show, the Lost Prophets, Tom Jones. You know we’ve had loads of big bands. We discovered and interviewed The Darkness before anyone else and now of course they’re huge but two years ago no-one even wanted to see them on TV. So in a way I think Pop Factory and ITV Wales discovered them because that’s the first place they played. So it’s a good TV show.
RT: And this is your new flat?
Liz: It’s not finished yet. The kitchen’s just been ripped out, no handles on the doors! I’ve wanted an original Brigitte Bardot poster for years. Mine is actually a limited edition and dates back to 1963. It’s an original vintage poster that would have been in cinemas at the time to advertise the film. A lot of these got destroyed so there’s only… well I don’t know how many there are but I think there were only 1000 printed. And obviously a lot would have been torn down. I saw this poster about three years ago in a shop but it was sold and I said to the girl, Liza, in the collectors, its actually atthemovies.co.uk, that I absolutely love the poster but I couldn’t afford it at the time. I said who’s got it and she said somebody in New York has brought it. And I said ‘could you see if you could get me another one or get me the same’ and she said ‘how much would you offer’ and I said ‘well I don’t want to go to more than £2500’, so she went to them and said ‘would you ever sell it’? They had bought it for £1300 three years ago and I just bought it from them for £1800. That took a lot of squabbling as they wanted £2200.
RT: What’s the significance of it?
Liz: I don’t know, I saw it and just fell in love with it. You know when you see something and you think it’s just so beautiful. I mean, I’ve always loved Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot. I didn’t know much about them, but when I saw this I just thought it was the most beautiful, sexy poster ever. I think mépris means something like mistake or contempt, so there’s a bit of negative connotation there which I’m a little bit worried about but I just think it’s so beautiful and so strong. Even from my beauty queen days I actually studied feminism in journalism. So I did a journalism degree and I was picked on by my lecturers. A beauty queen is really bad, it goes against what feminists say. You know I’ve always been fighting that kind of thing, I don’t agree with that. If you are a beautiful girl but you come from a working class background, you can get ahead by modelling. You can travel round the world, you can make your own money and I used to fight those feminists arguments. When I saw this, I just thought it was a strong woman, it’s beautiful, it’s sexy and it just celebrates it all. And I collect matches. So my goal is when I’m old and I’m sat on a chair on my own and I will see my matches and every single one of those is a memory of a night out. So I won’t let anybody just give me any matches. I have to go to the restaurant or whatever. I also collect perfumes. I’m also going to collect artwork. I’ve also got original Marilyn Monroe trading cards from Auction World. They were printed but never cut. So there’s information on the back about films and interests. I have also collected original photos in the past of Marilyn Monroe but I’ve sold them.
RT: Tell us about Paul McKenna
Liz: Now looking back I think it was such a foolish thing to do. I was really emotional that day in our relationship and it just happened, not much else
I want to say other than I now believe what happens in a relationship between two people should stay there.
RT: You like living here in Chelsea?
Liz: I love it. I use to be in St John’s Wood and Clapham. When I bought this flat, I got it in April, it was all oldie worldy. I bought this flat really cheap and could probably make 20 grand on it by time it’s finished. I’m the type of person who juggles a million things at once. I’ve also set up a company with a friend of mine who’s a designer and we’re designing handbags. We going to Italy and visiting the factories that have the softest coloured leathers. The company is called Love Bumble. Hopefully to sell through Harvey Nicholls or Harrods.
Liz Fuller Fact File
• Born in Swansea, the home of the DVLA. So, how ironic a number plate show was to be her very first own production
• Absolutely fascinated by cars and speed, wants to buy a convertible pale blue Ferrari
• John and David Singh, the original owners of Miss GB, have given her the M15 SGB plate to use
• Spent all of January in Los Angeles where she has been spotted by a president at Warner Brothers and has been reading for film parts
“I have currently turned down reading for more parts in the States, I’ve had to put Hollywood on hold to start my own little empire”
• Just finished theatre in London, a comedy play called Funk Face
• Already signed for a US film called Control, based on the true-life story of Ian Curtis of Joy Division. Filming starts Sept 2005 in Manchester
• Has graced many magazine covers, and has modelled since age 16
• Campaigns include Dorritos Dippas, Boots No7 Makeup, Fosters Beer, Kronenbourg 1664, Hawaiian Tropic, Sol Beer, Suzuki Jeeps, Tahari, and the face of Motorflirt
“Not even going there…”
• Previous links with Thierry Henry, T4’s Steve Jones, Paul McKenna
• Catherine Zeta Jones looked after Liz after class at Dumbarton House school
• Has a phobia of snakes and foreign languages
• Child theatre star in the Hobbit, tour of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat
• Won Miss Cardiff 1994, and became Miss Great Britain 1996/97
• First showbiz break, started on Radio Swansea sound Off the Wall chat show
• Did work experience at News of the World newspaper and hated it!
• Is a Capricorn
• Has a shopping fetish and sells clothes in three dress agencies in London
• Owns an original Brigitte Bardot dress
• Studied feminism for her BA Degree in journalism at Cardiff University
• Presented a National Lottery pilot show
• Liz’s agent’s details are on her own website www.lizfuller.com
Interview: Angela Banh, Photography: Stan Thompson
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