|The 5-Minute Interview:
Toyah Willcox, Actress, singer, presenter:
'I've no sympathy with
young, lazy people. That's why I've no
Toyah Willcox is appearing
in Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, from
today until 14 January
If I weren't talking to
you right now I'd be...
Reading through the
scripts that have come through. This morning I
got two musicals, a radio soap and an independent
film script. For me, it's the wackier, the
better. I like things that make people's jaws
Phrase I use far too
say it about everything and anything. It pacifies
people. If I say it to a film director it usually
means I will do what I want anyway, but if I say
it to my band I'll probably try to compromise.
I wish people would
take more notice of...
Their health. If people
eat badly they think badly. Everything you allow
to enter your body will influence your body,
whether it's what you watch on telly, read or
The most surprising
thing that happened to me was...
Finding out not only how
much I earned when I started managing myself in
1990 but also how much people were creaming off
my income. The day I started managing myself, my
income went up 500 per cent.
A common misperception
of me is...
That I'm vulnerable, naive
and malleable. I'm the opposite of all
I am not a politician
May God help anyone who
voted me in because tax would be a fixed rate of
20 per cent, education and work would be
compulsory and National Service would be back -
but it would teach 18- to 21-year-olds about
business and health. I have no sympathy with
young, lazy people, which is probably why I don't
I'm good at...
Being a problem solver. It
means I get very little life.
I'm very bad
Saying no to people who
The ideal night out
In a bordello with David
Bowie. I wouldn't tell my husband, but then he'd
probably be in a bordello with Debbie
In moments of
I panic. But if I sit on
it for 24 hours, I can come back to a problem
with a fresh pair of eyes.
You know me as an
actress and singer but in truer life I'd have
Sculptor. I'm such a fan
of Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink. I've
played many artists in my career so I think this
has made me want it more.
The best age to be
Now. I believe in living
in the moment.
In a nutshell, my
philosophy is this:
The greatest thing I've
ever been taught is to do unto others as you
would have them do unto you. Personally, I'd
stuff them full of chocolate and play with their
14th December 2006