EXCLUSIVE - Interview with Pixie Lott
SHE is the pop princess and style icon with the golden touch and Pixie Lott is convinced her success story will continue when she transports her latest venture to the Dublin stage.
The 25-year-old who boasts a trio of UK No.1 singles in a career that has seen her shoot to fame with a winning combination of her vocal talents and her stunning looks is now set to turn her attention to a whole new challenge, as she makes her acting debut in the role of Holly Golightly in the stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
As Pixie sat down with the Sunday World (below) at a plush London hotel, her infectious enthusiasm for all aspects of her relentlessly scrutinised life shone through, as well as her sparkling beauty that was presented in a colourful dress that few could carry off with such grace.
You might expect the star who has been the focus of so many camera lenses down the years to have a modicum of nerves bubbling inside as she throws herself into a debut stage role, yet we found her bursting with enthusiasm to entertain an Irish audience in a week-long run at the Bord Gáis Theatre starting on June 13th.
“I don’t really see it as pressure trying to show what I can do as an actress because when I am me at one of my music shows, that is real pressure,” begins the former Strictly Come Dancing star, with her beaming smile confirming her contentment.
“In this role, I can get into the zone of being someone else, but I guess there will be more pressure when we are performing in front of the press or whatever is coming up ahead of these shows.
“I feel more excitement than nervousness right now as it is a great thrill to get this part. I am determined to make the most of it.
“One of the best parts of this for me is that we are taking the show to Dublin, which has always been one of my favourite cities.
“I have very fond memories of my trips over to Ireland. On my last trip there, I had a rare day when I wasn’t working and we could explore.
“We went up to the Guinness factory, which was great fun. Then we went to Johnnie Fox’s pub and they had some amazing Irish dancers up there. It was a great experience.
“Then we moved around a few different Irish pubs and in every corner, there were musicians singing songs and the atmosphere was so incredible. It is such a good vibe. I just love it.
“I don’t know why everyone seems to be a good singer in your country, but from my experience, everyone loves to get up and sing a song in a pub in Ireland and I just love that culture.”
Pixie’s adoration of all things Irish extends to some of our musical heroes, although she needed a little prompting when we asked her to pick out her favourite musicians from our shores.
“I don’t even know what bands are Irish, can you help me out here and give me a few,” she responded, as she scrambled uncomfortably to find an answer.
“Okay, U2 they are massive and amazing,” she then offered up, before stumbling across a nugget of information that has clearly slipped her mind.
“Oh hang on, I love The Script,” she interjected. “Breakeven is an amazing song. The lyrics are just fantastic.
“I supported them was I was 18 or whatever and they were really nice to me.”
This former X Factor guest judge has crammed so much into her short career and yet she is stepping out of her comfort zone to take on her new stage role.
Holly Golightly is the fictional and iconic American socialite in 1940s New York, with her willingness to befriend the richest men in the city ensuring she was showered with gifts and invitations to attend the most glamorous events in town.
After a successful run of Breakfast at Tiffaney’s in the UK, Lott hopes Irish audiences will enjoy the adaptation of Trueman Capote’s novel that has plenty of differences compares to the movie that featured Audrey Hepburn in the role she is now playing on stage.
“I read the book and tried to visualize how I saw Holly, to make her as real as possible” continues Pixie, who has learned to play the guitar for this role. “That’s when I quickly discovered am like her in so many ways
“Now before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight; I am not a good time girl who take men’s money or anything like that, but I can relate to Holly.
“The book says she is forgetful and short sighted, which I am. She lives at Flat No.2 and so do I. She has a Japanese next-door neighbour and so do I.
“She is free spirited a loves her brother so much, which are two aspects of her that as so closely related to me as well. I can associate with Holly in so many ways.
“Also, I’ve always wanted to do a play because I love acting. I went to theatre school as a kid, but singing was always my focus. Acting is something I thought I might have a go at one day if the right opportunity came along.
“Holly Golightly is an amazing role and that meant it just felt right. As I have started playing and got to know her insight out, I think she is like me in so many ways.”
Lott is already working on a new studio album and insists “music will always be No.1 for me”, but she is open to all ideas for the next chapter of her career, which may even include a more permanent return to the X Factor set-up.
“I love acting and dancing as well, obviously I am a massive fashion fan as well,” she says.
“Luckily in my life so far, a lot of different opportunities have come along and you never know what exciting opportunity will come up next.
“Might I be a judge on X Factor? I don’t know. I just go with the flow when offers of work come in and if it feels right, then go with it.”
When you look at Lott’s delicately petite appearance, it can only be assumed that she spends most of her spare time working hard in the gym, yet she has stated that she avoids the gym for the good of her career.
“My vocal coach told me that going to the gym too much can put a strain on your vocal chords, so that was good enough reason for me not to go,” she added with a smile, as she confirms that her model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire (below) spends plenty of hours working off the pounds on running machines.
This is a young lady who has grown up in the spotlight, with the paparazzi perched outside the hotel waiting where our interview took place in the hope of catching a glimpse of a girl who has got used to being the centre of attention serves as a reminder that this is one star camera lenses will never tire of seeing.
Who knows where this versatile performer will pop up next, but Pixie Lott is here to stay.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s has a week-long run at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 13 - 18 June.