interviewed in the London paper, Metro,
last week in the '60 Second Interview'
singer, actress and TV presenter Toyah
Willcox, 43, first came to fame as the
punk movement's 'short girl with a lisp'
in the late 1970's. Star of films
Quadrophenia and Jubilee, she had hits
with songs including It's A Mystery and I
Want To Be Free, and has since fronted TV
shows from The Good Sex Guide Late to The
Heaven And Earth Show. She is married to
fellow musician Robert Fripp.
your favourite job?
movies, because I like the whole event.
It's like you're in a circus and you're
on the move.
that stem from making music videos?
was before that, when I worked with Derek
Jarman in Jubilee. Then I went on to do
George Cukor's TV film The Corn Is Green
- with Katherine Hepburn - and I fell in
love with the complete focus you have
when you're working on a film. Nothing
else exists and I find that rather
influenced were you by youth culture in
your choice of career?
When you're young, youth culture is all
that exists - you don't think about
anything else. The punk movement
influenced me, the mod not so much as I
was too much into punk. The films at the
time like Scum, Quadrophenia, Breaking
Glass...they were all youth culture films
and we all wanted to be in them.
Hazel Oconnor (star of Breaking Glass) a
then, I considered her a rival, but we're
more like friends now. We moved in
completely different directions. The
press would play us off against each
other but that was not just between me
and Hazel, it was also between me and
Paula Yates and virtually every female on
the planet. We were all enemies. I think
we've all smartened up now and don't fall
for those tricks.
look at your old videos and cringe?
I don't cringe at anything I've ever
done. I'm proud of everything.
still listen to your old punk albums?
I haven't got the time any more.
recorded a song today, what would it be
kind of like electro/techno/pop at the
moment. Kylie has hit the bullseye with
her latest song. It's very 'of the
on your CD player?
Harvey's Stories From The City, Stories
From The Sea, and Music by Madonna.
your health routine?
insist on eight hours sleep a night, I
don't drink alcohol, tea or coffee. I'm a
vegetarian so I always eat fruit and veg
and I do about an hour's aerobic exercise
spiritual are you?
as much as I used to be. I used to be so
much more but I found I've become more
and more distracted by work. That's what
keeps me going - I just enjoy my work.
I've never wanted a family in my life. A
lot of people put family as a priority
but I don't, which means I have an awful
lot of time on my hands to work in.
been your biggest influence?
still carry a real torch for David
Bowie's work. I also like Steven
Spielberg's work, even though he can
really miss the mark sometimes. When he
gets it right though, you never forget
what he's done.
did you think of AI?
loved the last half hour, I thought it
was sensational, but would have liked him
to edit the first hour and a half down.
have you met Bowie?
- my husband has done some work with him
but I have yet to meet him myself.
your biggest vice?
your best quality?
haven't got a clue - perseverance,
been your most embarrassing moment?
often lose my temper with people because
I take the wrong meaning from something.
People call me the rottweiler - there
have been times where I actually put my
fists up to someone when they haven't
done what I thought they'd done. I'm
immensely embarrassed by that.
(laughs) - but it's often too late.
dream it, be it. It's from the Rocky
would your epitaph be?
came, she lisped, she left.
is currently promoting Provamel Soya
thanks to Tiff Davidson for sending me