Being on the Logies red carpet is something else. As part of the interviewing media, you're relegated to a small space behind the velvet rope, and it's there that you have to jostle for time with the Aussie stars you've got your eyes on. It's frantic and it's full on — and some people, like industry stalwart Susie Elelman, make it so much fun.
You may recognise Susie from her outlandish fashion choices almost as much as her TV career, but she's been working in Australian entertainment for well over 40 years — she's been described by Bert Newton as "one of those rare people with impeccable qualifications on both sides of the camera." She knows the industry inside and out — and talking to her is a hoot.
Not afraid to get people talking (often about two of her best assets — hello, ladies!), she told us about the importance of having fun on the red carpet — after all, it is a celebration.
PS: You've been on a few red carpets in your career — can you tell us your tips for surviving it? Do you enjoy them?
Susie Elelman: I love it, it's fabulous! It's one of those things where I deem it an honour to get an invitation, and then when you do I think it's really important to then keep the standard of the Logies up and I think one of the ways is definitely on the red carpet. It's beautiful. My first invitation was in 1994, I was on Good Morning Australia, then the next year I got one to actually attend as a guest and that's when I wore that black and white outfit [see below] — I think it got me into all sorts of trouble! Of course I had it remodelled when I turned 60 [laughs]. To me, when the invitation comes it's like, "Oh my God!" I mean, I do think about it through the year. This year I decided, because I've never worn pants before, I'll do the old tuxedo, and then someone said to me, "You can't not have the big girls out!"
PS: Haha! You have to, they're iconic.
SE: Exactly! Well, they've got their own heart and lungs [laughs]. Not quite their own postcode, but their own heart and lungs.
PS: So what's your advice for newcomers who will be hitting any red carpets this year? How do you enjoy it and not let the nerves get to you?
SE: I think the important thing is you've got to feel good in what you wear. If you feel good, you're going to look good — but having said that it would still be great if people just pushed the envelope a little bit. You know, step out of your comfort zone! It's not going to hurt you.
PS: There's been a lot of talk about the relevance of the awards; do you think they're still important?
SE: Oh, very much so. It's our awards! Whether some people deem it as a popularity contest, or whether some people blame networks for promoting — I mean every show asks people to vote for their people!