How does it feel to bare your bottom to the world on the big screen in your first movie?
It’s kind of daunting and scary, but the thing is it’s the first thing people ask me, and I’m a bit worried about doing my first movie and getting my bum out! It wasn’t my plan. I’m definitely sure the first draft — that scene wasn’t in it. Definitely. So they convinced me to do it without that scene, and then they popped it in after I signed the deal. [Laughs] But you know what, these are the things you come up against and I was happy to do it. Easy.
Acting is something you’ve wanted to get into for a while, so how did you know this was a role that you wanted to be your first foray into cinema?
I didn’t really know what my first role should be. I’ve been trying for 12 years, trying everything from Moulin Rouge! to The Hobbit — I obviously didn’t get any of those roles. But I worked hard at trying to better myself, to be the best I could be. And finding someone who believed in me, which is a big challenge — who’s going to put me in a movie? It’s a big risk for any film, any director, any producer — so finding Mark Lamprell and Richard Keddie who believed in me, that was really what got it over the line. And I loved the script — brilliant, funny family movie.
Magda says you helped her a lot with her singing and recording session for her big song. Did that reciprocate? Did you get many tips from her?
I wasn’t on set with Magda, sadly. We don’t actually act together. I was in the studio when she was doing her vocals so we just bounced off each other, I helped her a little bit. She’s got a great voice.
Any scenes of yours that you liked filming the most?
I enjoyed the boys, hanging with the twins, they were amazing — having kids myself I could relate. Laura was so easy to work with, she’s a star. On so many levels I enjoyed making this movie. I didn’t want it to end. The last day was so sad for me.
Has your family seen the film?
Yep, everyone’s seen it, everyone loves it. It’s a really exciting time for me.