Chat - I'm really a good girl!
Wives star Laila Rouass, 28, might play a swinging schem
but in real life the finishing schooled actress says she's
Wives' Amber is a wild one, isn't she?
yes! Amber is a sexual predator. If she wants it, she goes
for it and gets it. She can even make Tanya Turner blush.
Luckily I got away without doing any nude sex scenes, though.
They're all Tanya Turner (played by Zoe Lucker), because
Amber's husband Conrad takes a liking to her.
do you think about playing someone so outrageous?
great fun being a bitch like Amber. It's a great part for
me because Asian women - and in particular Muslim women
- are always portrayed as being so well-behaved, so it will
be great to break the stereotype. She just doesn't have
any limits - I think that is why people are going to love
her. But I couldn't behave like her in real life!
did you get the role?
was in Hollyoaks (playing cop Dale Jackson) when the call
came through about Footballers' Wives. My contract wasn't
finished at Hollyoaks, so for a while I had to commute between
Liverpool and London working on both shows.
was shattered and getting a bit confused as to which character
I was playing!
this role, would you do any sexy men's magazine shoots?
would be nice! But I have to be careful - I am a Muslim
and I don't ever want to upset my parents by being too risque.
had a particularly interesting childhood, didn't you?
Born in London to a Moroccan father and Indian mother, I
grew up in both Morocco and London.
you always been such a good girl?
did have a brief rebellious period. Coming from a Muslim
family doesn't mean they lock up their daughters in veils
all the time. They are just quite conservative and having
five other daughters, had to keep us all in check.
I was sent to military school in Morocco for a while, which
was fun. I don't think Mum and Dad realised it was co-ed
as previously I had been at an all-girls' school.
then I went to finishing school in Morocco, which I found
a real bore. I know how to get out of a car like a lady,
what to say in polite society and how to flirt - which comes
in handy - but I'd rather be training with the lads than
learning to apply make-up.
us about your time in India
18, I got a part in City Of Dreams and ended up staying
for six years! When I was in Bombay, I was spotted in a
nightclub and asked to audition as a presenter for the Asian
was a dream job and I travelled all over Asia and the Middle
East and got to meet some of the biggest names in the pop
world. It's funny - the really big names, like Shaggy and
No Doubt and Bon Jovi, couldn't be nicer to get on with.
But some others were so difficult. I hope I don't ever get
you really present India's version of Blind Date?
The biggest dating tip I took from there is don't seem desperate
- play it cool. I haven't had any massive dating disasters,
although I did go out to dinner with one guy, who said he
was full after the starter, so made us leave. I was a bit
confused, but I didn't realise until I got home that he
couldn't afford the meal. Bless him.
are you single at the moment?
but I don't want to say who I'm seeing. He's a journalist
and he's lovely. I've known him a couple of years and I
met him through work, but we have only properly got to know
each other in recent months.
you have any secret crushes?
love David Beckham, and Denzel Washington is gorgeous, but
I really love George Michael. I'm convinced I could make
him fall in love with me - I could be the woman to turn
do you think of the trademark Footballers' Wives outfits?
of the clothes I wear on the show I wouldn't touch - it
wasn't hideous, but just stuff that totally wasn't me. Some
of the dresses were slit down to the belly button and I'm
not that happy with my belly.
you got the part did you start frantically doing sit-ups?
I'm really, really bad at exercising. I don't do anything
and I could eat all the muffins in the world. I'm not big,
I'm not small. I'm happy with my weight. I do need to exercise
a bit more, though.
future plans do you have?
just live for the moment, I don't have any long-term plan.
Obviously I have dreams, but I'm not working on Footballers'
Wives thinking next I'll do a pop single or make a movie.
I'll know when it's time to move.