Tell us about your new ITV2 show, Girlfri3nd?
The series is about three girls who have not been lucky enough to find love so far, for various reasons and we are trying to help them on their journey finding true love.
There’s a real mixed background from the girls but they are three girls who are genuinely lovely and all get on so well. It not so much three girls who are desperate to be on TV, these are three girls who are genuinely here to meet someone.
It a very pro-female show, the girls don’t compete against each other. They help each other along the way to try and find out about themselves, find things they haven’t noticed about themselves and try and find the guy that’s right for them.
What’s different about the show is that the men can say no if they don’t want to date the girls. It’s a real kind of feel good and female empowering show, rather than all the competition that we see between women for various things in life. This is very pro-women, being friends and supporting each other, which is one of the things I really loved about the show.
Tell us about the three girls hoping to find love on the show?
We have three different girls. Firstly there’s Amy, 23, who’s attracted to bad boys. She has a very definite life plan and wants to be married with kids by the age of 25, so she has a very short amount of time to do this in!
We have Laura, 25, who is very much in control of everything in her life. She is very career driven and has put love on the back burner but she now wants to focus on herself and her private life rather than work.
Lastly we have Sarah, 30, a mum of one who split from her son’s father a couple of years ago and hasn’t really been with anyone since. As a mother, I think she finds it quite difficult with someone else in her life to think about. I also think she was reluctant to let anyone in, because her son is her number one priority, but at some point you have to start thinking about yourself again.
The series starts with our three ladies meeting 100 men and kind of doing face to face interviews with them. The 100 men visit the house and each girl picks six guys and then from there it’s a process of elimination through a series of different dates.
Describe your role on the series?
I host the show but also spend a lot of the time with the girls getting all the gossip from them and dig around into how they are genuinely feeling. It’s not easy for the girls, especially when they have never been on camera before and it’s especially not easy when they talk so openly on camera. The girls took to it really well and I’m the extra girlfriend in the group who pops in every now and then and says ‘Right, give me the gossip, I want to know everything.’
It’s always nice to have all the girls around when there is a new bloke in town because you need a sounding board, you need other peoples opinions and I am the lucky one who gets to come and listen to everything. All my friends are all kind of attached so it’s really nice to be around girls again who I can have a really girly chat with about boys.
Do the three girls come to you for advice?