We have just caught up with the lovely Laura Whitmore who is in Glasgow this week, playing a new role. The ultra gorgeous and glamorous Laura is in Glasgow until April 8th as she is playing Cleo Morey in Not Dead Enough at the Theatre Royal.
We all know Laura as a presenter as she has hosted many TV shows and events over the years, including The Scottish Fashion Awards however this time she is in Glasgow for a different kind of role, perhaps not something you’re used to from Laura.
When was the last time you were in Glasgow?
The last time I was in Glasgow was hosting at the MTV Europe Music Awards. We had a crazy but very fun week! I remember staying up all night after the awards with my mates and Ed Sheeran and his crew and then flying to Australia at 8am to host I'm a celebrity. No idea how I made that flight. Everyone said I was at the bar and then 3 mins later I was in my comfy flight clothes with a giant suitcase waving good bye to everyone. Not sure how I pulled that one off.
I also spent a lot of time here hosting the Scottish Fashion Awards over the years. It's one of my favourite cities but sadly I don't get to come as often as I would like.
What do you love about the city? How do you feel about bringing your new play to the city?
Glasgow has always felt like home. Maybe because I find Scottish people similar to Irish and have a lot of Scottish friends so I'm thrilled to be able to perform at the Theatre Royal for the week. There's a great energy in this city.
We think of you as a presenter but you’ve actually been acting for a long time. Tell us about that?
Yes I studied drama and always wanted to do more theatre but have been very fortunate with the opportunities that came to me as a TV host. You have one life so I say live it! Do what's true to you; you don't have to fit into one specific box. I love performing and always have. I also love learning new things. You've got to keep challenging yourself.
What attracted you to the project and how did it come about?
I'm a big fan of Peter James' books and met him 2 years ago about another project. I also met producer Joshua Andrews and director Ian Talbot OBE at that audition; it was to replace someone who couldn't finish the current theatre run. Unfortunately that fell through and the actor stayed in the part but everything happens for a reason and I knew I really wanted to work with the guys. Last summer I bumped into Josh again at the press night of Jesse Eisenberg's new play at Trafalgar Studios and he said they were adapting a new book by Peter for the stage and there was a role he thought would be perfect for me.
Tell us a little about the play and what can audiences expect?
It's a murder mystery. A 'whodunnit'. It definitely keeps the audience's attention as you can clearly here their reaction throughout as the plot unravels and more and more twists come about.
What do you most love about the theatre?
That every night is totally different. It's why I love live telly. It's also about listening and reacting.
What other projects are you working on that you can share with us?
I'll hopefully be doing some more TV end of the year but there are a few other potential acting projects I would love to do. I'm doing this show until July and wouldn't mind a little holiday after it. It will have been six months of 8/9 shows a week so very demanding.
Do you get used to living out of a suitcase?
I've been living out of a suitcase for most of my life so I'm used to it. Unpacking a suitcase to pack it again. I love travelling. I've never really been to places in the UK outside London except for Glasgow and Edinburgh so a great way to explore the country.
What do you miss most from home comforts?
My mates and family. I'm lucky that I'm working with a great theatre company and we are like a little family. I've made some real friends for life. I've been fortunate that I am able to bring Mick my dog most places with me. Sadly as I'm flying back from Glasgow to London he hasn't been able to come this week. He's with my friend in London being spoilt!
What are your plans for summer? Do you get to take a holiday after this?
I have a week off after this in July and going on holidays to Miami with a friend. I’ve never been before but feel I need a bit of vitamin D and some sun. I haven't seen the sun properly in over a year.
You are always so glamorous, how to do maintain that stylish edge when touring and living out of a suitcase?
I don't feel glamorous. But I love fashion and love exploring vintage stores in different cities. I picked up some really cool pieces from Brighton and Bristol and looking forward to wandering around Glasgow.
Laura plays Cleo Morey in the adaptation of Peter James' Sunday Times bestseller 'Not Dead Enough' until Saturday April 8th. Tickets available from notdeadenough.co.uk or the theatre box office.