Wednesday, February 22, 2017


   If it seems that film stars have an easy life, swanning between movie sets and red carpets, Brie Larson, who was juggling work on Kong: Skull Island in Vietnam with doing the rounds of awards shows in Los Angeles, has something to say about it. 
"The craziest time in my life was around this time last year," she tells me when we talk at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live.  "During the week I was in Vietnam on the set of Kong, getting dirt shoved under my fingernails and two hours of goop put in my hair to make me look like I had been trapped on an island for two days and then running around all day getting fake cuts and bruises and I would be so sore from climbing up mountains all day that I felt like I couldn’t move the next morning.
Last year

 "Then on Friday night when the sun went down, I would go back to my apartment, grab my roller suitcase, get on a plane and fly overnight and show up at some random hotel room in Los Angeles where another team of people would try really hard to scrub off all  the dirt from under my fingernails and get the bits of fake blood off my body and wash my hair like seventeen times to get all the goop out of it. 

  "And then I would arrive at wherever I had to be, be a princess for a couple of hours and then get back on a plane and start the process all over again. It was a really hard, crazy time."
All the inter-continental commuting paid off because 27-year-old Brie won not only the Golden Globe and Oscar but a stack of other awards for her stunning performance in Room.   


Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Sea bass and champagne: Dinner with Joanne in London
  Met up again with Joanne Froggatt in London where she is currently filming the new TV series Liar in a role that could not be further removed from her portrayal of Anna Bates in Downton Abbey.
 We had dinner at Mosimann's in Belgravia after spending the day at Tollesbury Marina in Essex where Joanne was filming some scenes for the twisty thriller, which was written by the two brothers who wrote Missing, and looks like being another winner.
    The last time Joanne and I talked was 18 months ago after Downton Abbey finished and she told me she was moving to Los Angeles.
   Over a dinner of sea bass, champagne and chardonnay the other night she tells me she now has a home in Los Angeles as well as in London and she divides her time between the two, depending on where she is filming.
  "It's the best of both worlds," she says. "I've been renting a house in the hills in Los Angeles but now I'm looking to buy somewhere when I get back."
Joanne looking shocked and dishevelled in Liar
   Yorkshire-born Joanne, 36, who won the hearts of Downton Abbey fans around the world as Anna, has three movies awaiting release and Liar is sure to win her hordes of new fans.
  In it she plays Laura, who ventures back on to the dating scene after a failed relationship and meets up with Andrew, a renowned surgeon, played by Ioan Gryffyd. Their date has far-reaching consequences on each other and their families. Truth and consequences go hand in hand in a thriller that examines both sides of a relationship and both sides of the truth.


  It's always a pleasure seeing Nicole Kidman, whom I first met 21 years ago on Batman Forever. A lot of water under the bridge si...