Oh my gosh! Morning! Morning! I’m here! I promise! Let’s go…
Okay, so I’m ever so sorry for the extremely poor effort, I’ve put into daily blogging during lockdown. But i deserve a teeny little break right? 😉 I mean I’ve written this little ‘shindig’ for over 10 years straight. Got a trophy and everything. I just fancied a couple weeks off to sunbathe in my spangly new, alcohol free body. (All the above paragraph is simply code for: ‘I couldn’t be arsed.’ Haha.)
But Yes! I’m almost TWO months booze free now! And although I miss sequinned bikinied pina colada’s & a salted rimmed margarita in the sun. I feel like I have a duty…because I’ve come so far! I’m feeling much much better. I’m alive. My fitter. I’ve lost weight. My skin is much clearer. There’s a glint in my eye. But most of all I’m happier.
‘Big Brother Rex’ is on his day hundred and something of sobriety…and because we’ve teamed up as buddies…(he’s like my alcohol free/detox mentor now..) and he’s been such a good friend through my life…since telly. Well…my heart won’t let me give in OR let us both down.
So here I am, Wednesday May 27th, lockdown 2020…at 8.32am, Yorkshire, England….in a kimono, by a cardboard cutout of a police car… without a single drippy droplet of golden rum, in my ‘temple’ of a system. Haha. (I’m laughing because I can’t even believe it myself?!? There was a time in my life where I think I pretty much made an extremely great living simply from going out every night…and cocktailing. Be it London, Leeds, or Hollywood. I feel like I’ve come full circle and spun around again for ‘showboat’ kicks. I’m genuinely impressed! I’ve nearly done 60 days! It’s bonkers! I’ve even dropped almost TWO dress sizes! Who knew my tummy rolls were Pinot Grigio!?!
I’ve also noticed that of recent I’ve been giving up a whole lot of things, haven’t I? Y’know, under a flag reading…
‘Challenging myself. Bettering myself…& shit like that.’
If I’m being honest I don’t know whether that’s actually the case or I’m just bored…emotionally tormented or…. I don’t know? I’m still in shock! Haha. Maybe it’s because I’m old now, so I’m finally what’s that word again? Oh yeah.. WISER!
2020 career wise, up until lockdown..Ofcourse…has been THE BEST year EVER! I’m missing being on set. I miss work. I miss being able to feel a character….tell a story. I miss hearing a director shout ‘Action,’ or listening to a crew fumble about lighting. I even miss ‘room tone’…and that definitely means I’m nuts. I miss being part of movie making…and the magic that comes with telling someone’s tale.
But let’s not dwell on that. As soon as this is over, i’ll get to catapult back into action, with my rocket boots on. That’s the good stuff.
However, alongside the good stuff, as somebody of you know…there’s been something really horrifically awful, going on behind the scenes….ALL YEAR…non-stop.. (Awesome!!)
It’s probably the hardest thing so far, that the babies and I have had to go through in our lives… Mainly the littlest…and that’s what breaks my heart. But we’ve been really positive, really confident, honest and strong. If anything it brought us even closer together & taught us a lot more about people and life.
Ruby & Junior are only young..and gosh they’re living their own kiddie dream! But they’ve also had to learn so much emotionally and fast, that they’ve accidentally become super balanced.
I mean, not everyone is as kind or as happy as you want them to be…Yet, that isn’t you’re fault, nor it your problem…as long as you stay strong and still beam in that ‘glow,’ the positive energy will bring you peace…At that point, once you’ve learnt the art of such…you’re pretty much invincible.
The stress finally comes to an end in 5 months.
It finally comes to a much happier end in 5 months.
We’re happy. We’re safe. We’re ignoring any ‘Tom Foolery’ that tries to become relevant in our land!
ANYWAAY! (…and breeeeathe.)
If you’ve been following my ‘socials,’ you WILL know that I have been TIKTOKING!! Haha. It sort of began as a cute banter joke between the beautiful Olympian Toby Olubi & I…But I’m three weeks in now…with over 600,000 views… (YES, I hit my half a million view mark last week…) and even though it’s moderately bonkers, I loving it!!! Haha.
Like I said, I guess a performer’s, got to perform and i found myself an audience…a delightful one that sends me love, from around the world every single second of the day. It’s almost wonderful. Lol. It’s certainly massaged little asian ego. But at the same time I’m just loving giving it a go…it makes me happy! Keeps me out of trouble. Gives me something to do!
I’m really grateful to every single person who’s taken the time to watch, enjoy, have a laugh with me and send me some love! You’re amazing and you make me smile everyday!
Go give my Tiktok a follow! I’m at @chrissiewunna1
So! What’s going on in Wunna land? Well we’re getting ready for Junior’s lockdown Birthday. On June 1st he turns 7…and we’re all really excited to celebrate! WE LOVE to celebrate everything we can! Even though we can’t go out and do our usual extravaganza, it still feels so wonderful, firstly because he’s the baby…and we baby the baby. Secondly because we have everything we need right here…home is certainly where the heart is.
He’s asked for a ‘Police car & Cocktail Umbrella’s’ theme.
Luckily, all kids themes are moderately camp…so I’ve got this down! Lol
We’ve also received delivery after delivery, on our doorstep every single day! It’s like Christmas!! So thank you to every single business, company, family member…..literally everyone who’s sending love, treats and kindness into Wunna land. We feel really lucky! We’re honestly so grateful…and yes we’ll be finding fun ways to show everyone what we’ve received!
I have a lot to tell you! I’ve commissioned art by ‘Faces’ (@facesorfaces) & I ordered a handmade sign by a good friend of mine @hazribo, which reads ‘Wunna Land.’
I’ll be telling you a lot more about both later! Yet please check into my Insta story, to see what’s going on through the day!
Here I am!!! I know I’ve been shocking at blog writing through lockdown. But nevermind eh! Lol. I always think it’s always better when people do what they wish to do, when they wish to do it…provided that whatever their heart desires doesn’t harm anyone, or themselves in any way.
I’ve been homeschooling the kids (Which has now become a TASK!!!! Haha.) Luckily, I’m made for a challenge. However, it’s much more difficult when your actual babies are involved…because you can’t ‘Gladiator’ it with flames and lion tamers!!! Haha. You kinda have to tip-toe nicely around your glorious stadium, wiping bums to Mary Popins music and smiling, as you encourage or in my case brieb.
If you didn’t know….I’m a soft parent. I’m easy going. I’ll laugh before I lose it. But I’m also a being that ‘The Wunna Babies’ can ‘putty’ quite easily.
So through homeschool, I have Junior giving me the ‘baby woo- I can’t do this,’ eyes and Ruby ‘daggering’ me with her little peepers. Ru’s hilarious because she’ll hardly ever throw a strop during home school…She’s not like her brother who’ll roll about like a wiggly piglet in mud waiting for me to save him, but if she’s unhappy with the fact that I’m making her work much harder than she intended lol…she just looks at me coldly, like she’s plotting 97 ways to attack me in my sleep….and smirks! Lol.
It’s really creepy!!!!!
(And im SOBER!!! I’m a month and a half…. is it? I don’t know…? But nearly a month and a half into my ‘alcohol free’ detox. I’ve decided to refrain from the old tipple throughout the entire lockdown bonanza. It’s actually a great test of will because I don’t know when it all flipping ends. However ‘Cheers’ Boris for the 3 week extension. Lol Much appreciated. Here I go!)
Do I feel better for not drinking? Well it wasn’t until last week when I did. I’ve lost a whole dress size in weight, but I reckon it’s because I’m being more active as a result (to distract me) and my skin is probably about 99% better. So I’m happy! I can do another 3 weeks! else?
What else? Sunbathing?
Oh!!!!! Haha. I filmed for Isolation The Series on Thursday of last week. I received my script, went through it and (due to the current lockdown situation) I had to film it myself at home and submit it across to be edited! A really different way of filming, but it was utterly fulfilling! Just amazing!!! I had to leave gaps after each spoken line (like the other person in the scene was speaking) but keep it all smooth and a going! It was brilliant. I mean, I didn’t even know who my scene partner was at all? It was kinda crazy wonderful!!
I loved it because it reminded me that I was STILL an actress and not just a sunbathing bum. (There’s nothing wrong with being a sunbathing bum by the way. My mind just won’t let me relax enough…to be one….forever. Lol) Being isolated in my home with the people I love is EASY! It’s a JOY! But my kind constantly wonders about the future…and I keep having to remind myself to live in the present. I need to set my mind utterly freee! Then I’ve won my Isolation battle. Well…it’s not really a battle. I’m being dramatic. It’s more like a….dance off?
But yeah…filming the Isolation Series was just great! I wedged it in after homeschool, like a champion!
It’s funny how wonderful we feel when we get to do ANYTHING we have even a little bit of a passion for, isn’t it? Even just for a second. It gives us an extra sense of purpose and we beam with achievement. I treasure those moments like gold because they feel so precious to me.
Anyway! So how are all you lot? I’m watching all your insta stories and loving them! I don’t really know what to say other than I hope you’re all well? If I had any advice I’d say, use this time to enjoy who you are, embrace what you stand for and adore the people you love!! All those new skills you wanted to learn…do them! I mean I can bloody cook now!
If you know me personally you Will be astonished at that. The babies and I would literally EAT OUT at a restaurant almost every day…in fact during the weekends…even more than once a day. I’m not even joking. We’ve done room service for breakfast, ‘Issho’ for lunch, ‘The Ivy’ for drinks, a Bubblelogy stop off, then ‘Gino’s’ for tea on a single Saturday… before lockdown began.
I will say that the fact that I’ve accidentally saved an absolute TON of money, as you can imagine…However, it’s not JUST that, that’s made me beam…I mean the fact that I can actually produce meals…lovely ones for the babies, like a ‘Homecooking Mama’ fills my soul with such purpose and delight!!! Haha.
…be the version of yourself you always wished to be, but never found the time to make it a priority.
You kinda have the time now! Well for the next 3 weeks anyway…because once everything goes back to normal we’ll miss our time in lockdown. They’ll just be distant memories.
I’m trying to be healthier, be an even greater mum 😉 and now that i’ve had my filming fix, my acting sponge down, I’m quite happy to chill my career, until lockdown is over and just relax. I’m enjoying it! I hope you are too! Find the fun it in!
If you’re following my socials! You’ll know that I’ve been tiktoking! It was at the start of last week when I decided I was going to commit to it properly. Haha.
So so I did…
It’s been a week and by doing not very much, other than vibing to my fave tunes..( I soon realised I didn’t have to be Beyoncé…) I’ve managed to accumulate just over 2000 followers, around 8000 likes but over 100,000 views!!! I’m so impressed!!! Haha. The views make me smile because I’m showman by nature aren’t I!
You don’t have to like it…just watch it! Engage with it! Hahaha! Keep my ego massive. 😉
But new videos are going up today…so go follow me on Tiktok! I’m chrissiewunna1
Thank you to everyone who already has!!!
The babies and I are chilling and movie watching today…as I believe the sunshine intends to take a rest-icle. It was all sunshine and bike rides yesterday, so the ‘chill’ will be delightful.
I’m doing my usual ‘Ask me Anything’ on my insta story every day. So ask away. I’ve been rubbish at it recently. But i’ve been busy! So i’ll try and concentrate now…
I love you all very much and The Wunna Babies and I send you all our love!!
Everyone’s asking me about my hair!!! It’s a human hair clip in from @xtenddoublehairextensions (insta)
Literally first class quality…I clip it in..takes 5 minutes…and my hair’s glam & done! Boom!
I’m actually trying to grow my hair so clips are great! But you can buy the clip ins for lockdown and later have the same clip ins, turned into actual sewn in extensions.
Can you actually believe that I got so excited about bashing out my JLO Super Bowl Challenge, that I wholeheartedly flung myself into action (as I do) and in true granny-like style pulled my leg & back that I had to bed rest, because I couldn’t adequately walk!! 🙂
Now, I’m not as bothered about being JLO? Haha. I feel like I’ve ticked my ‘done a Tik Tok’ Box off, when I whipped out a ‘Beyoncé’ Challenge. As I said on my socials, my love DOES officially ‘cost a thing,’ and well i’ll have to save my freshly polished routine…that I spent an entire day learning.. lol…for some other day…month…or life.
Just so you know…this isn’t talk of someone who feels defeated. I NEVER feel defeated!!! Lol. This is talk of an old person, who didn’t warm up before booty popping like a Latino superstar for a remix, supersonic dance challenge. I DID get back up and try to film it again…but I weirdly had an audience…of passers by watching me? People had actually stopped walking their puppies to watch me Mama booty pop to JLO hits, that I got far too uncomfortable and had to stop. Haha. (And the funny thing is, that i HAD to stop because I was taking it FAR too seriously! Lol. It MATTERED & they were slowing my roll…so I strutted away from my Tiktok routine in an ACTUAL moody ‘Diva’ huff! Hahaha.)
Ruby was literally in tears with LAUGHTER!!!
Ru: ‘I can’t believe you’re being mardy because you can’t be JLO!?! Hahaha.’
Me: ‘Well they were ALL (three people lol) WATCHING me!!!!!’
We just burst into laughter and I got my sorry self back into my kimono….where I belong.
I was also gonna do the Diversity ‘What’s Poppin’ Challenge, so the kids could win Show tickets and 20dv Merch. Yet after watching Perri Kiely on my phone 92,000 on repeat and learning the entire ‘sha bam,’ I thought…Why bother doing this, when I’m truly quite happy to just PAY for tickets and merchandise???? Haha.
So I sacked that off too and learnt the ‘Ballet Challenge’ instead.
Right! So I’m in bed writing this right now. It’s 3.42am and my eyes have just randomly opened. A weird thing happened… I felt a lady presence in my bedroom doorway…in black…she always comes (but she’s kind…like I know her.) Well not ‘like’ I DO know her. I just don’t look because it terrifies me! Haha. I’m not good with things like that! I don’t like to creep myself out, so I pretend it’s not happening.
Anyway, whenever she comes she places a really vivid number in my mind…I usually fall back to sleep and then i fully wake up, I Google what the number means. It’s so strange????? It happens all the time? The number I got this time was ‘5.’
Plus, whenever it DOES happen Ruby randomly can’t sleep and rushes into my room to get into bed with me…EVERY time.
Enough of that though!!! I’m happy. I’m homeschooling the babies. Im loving every minutes of living in this moment and dealing with this time. I’m learning a lot about myself. I feel like lockdown has opened up a whole new realisation. I’m really comfortable in my own skin…I’ve always been one to know myself well. I’m noticing things about my personality that I didn’t realise before. It’s nuts.
I’ve noticed that although fun…I’m quite focussed and sensible. I’m a lot more sensible than I thought. I’m not all ‘pins colada’s and shimmie shakes.’ I ‘play’ that.
I’ve also notice that when I have a true true passion for something, I’m REALLY serious about it. I almost take it far too seriously. I’m hard on myself because I have the highest expectations of what I should be achieving. I want & like to do superbly ALL the time. But I need to lighten up a little.
However, the positive side to all that is that taking the things that matter REALLY seriously can be beautiful. Y’know when you wholeheartedly wish to do your duty well. I LOVE mastering the art of being a great Mum, a great actress, a great JLO Tiktok performer or great liver of life!
Talking about livers… 🙂 My actual liver must be well chuffed! (If you’re not northern, ‘chuffed’ is a good thing.) Today is day 22 of my body being alcohol free. I’m extremely shocked that I managed to get this far! But I’m proud! The detox is going well! There are days I feel better for it…days I just feel the same? Which is normal. But it takes a while for stuff to kick in, doesn’t it? And I think you’ve got to give things that while.
Just so you know, it is JUST a detox! I mean I don’t WANT to live my life without a cocktail in my soul! I’m magical like that.
But they always say it takes 21 days to quit a bad habit. Any bad habit, once it’s felt, dealt and an action has been put into place. That’s actually how I quit smoking…cold turkey. 21 days. Just woke up one morning after that really hot Summer of 2018 and decided to quit.
When we hit September 2020, it will be 2 years. (I’m good at quitting things that are bad for me…once I decide that they ARE actually bad for me. I’m like that with my love life also. 🙂 )
I’m gonna strut out of this lockdown, a really great version of myself. All new and spangly and feels wonderful!
But like I said…it all goes in waves. You have a chilled week, some have a week of boredom, some days you feel down or stressed and other days you’re chipper and happy.
I’ve had lots of different weeks. I’ve had a stressy week. A happy ‘holiday mode’ of a week. I had a week where I felt like I needed to achieve and work hard on my career. Now, I’m on my week where I’m feeling really content and just want to relax and enjoy the simple things in life, without hassle or drama. Y’know, just be all comfy and… ME….in my Mickey Mouse t-shirt.
However, even though emotions during this time, does go in waves…I’m really happy because my number ONE FAVOURITE thing, in the world EVER….which is ‘Being Mama’…never ever waivers. It’s always there & strong, like a ‘BEAM’ of life, excitement, unconditional love and filled with the most beautiful memories & hopefully the most wonderful future!
I’m just so lucky! I mean Ru & Ju LITERALLY make everything so utterly worthwhile & they give me a real sense of purpose. I love watching them grow and I love being a major part of their life & happiness. It means so much to me. Junior’s little face when he’s achieved something he never thought he could. Ruby’s sense of purpose & ….well she’s just like I am.
Y’know, we’re all learning the true art of OUR OWN happiness during this time. I send you ALL my deepest love.
Thank you for finding yourself here & following my life.
You know where it’s at!! Heellloo! Hellooo!! Hope you’re well! Hope you’re feeling wonderful! I obviously didn’t do very well at posting everyday, but in my defence Ruby & Junior (The Wunna Babies have been tending to homeschool through the week…SO, obviously I’ve been helping them through their work, which has been whizzed over by their teachers. It’s exhausting but I’m LOVING it. (I never EVER take the time I spend with them for granted. The babies are my WORLD. I don’t know what I’d do without them.)
Okay. A lot has happened since my last post. See! Things like this always happen to me. I luckily feel like I haven’t had time to be bored, because wonders keep appearing out of nowhere. It hasn’t been that long…but the craziest things have landed in my lap.
If you’re following my socials…(I’m not using my FB…just to reiterate,) you will know that I woke up ‘fresh as a daisy’ on Saturday morning , plonked on my kimono, brewed a deliciously comforting PG Tips (I’ve quit drinking coffee by accident ) and a letter was wedged in my box FROM KENSINGTON PALACE!!!!!!!!!!!
From THE PALACE!!!!!!!
When things like this happen, I get really excited because…well…life feels all ‘you shall go to the ball.’ It’s almost like a magical fairytale. I always say that there’s lots of pieces to my personality…I can be a bit bouji, a bit gangsta, a bit artsy, a bit posh, a bit kind, a bit sassy, a bit gentle, a bit fun, a bit sharp…but Saturday morning…I was a bit Princessy!!!
I frolicked around the home twirling and whirling with glee…in my Yorkshire kimono…lol….a Cinderella singing. Well, until Junior requested extra beans on sausages on his breakfast. That brought me back with a thud. (I forgot that I cook things now and Junior eats CONSTANTLY!!! I’ve never cooked so much IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! Lol)
Anyway, back to me being Princessy…Even the envelope feels all ‘Royal’ with a Buckingham palace post mark, stamped upon it.
Long story short…you may know that Ru & Ju spent their Christmas Eve giving out food and gifts to the homeless on the streets of Leeds and Doncaster.
They received lots of support…Not just from all the radio stations, Capital, the BBC, some of the local and national press…But from YOU… all the school mums that put in money to support their cause…all the local businesses that donated food & clothes…EVERYONE!
Earlier in the year the children received a letter from ‘Her Majesty, The Queen.’ (They’ve actually had two.) We’re penpals with Sandringham House aka The Palace now. Lol.
Yesterday, my letter was from The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge…Prince William and Kate, who heard about Ruby and Junior’s charity work…were so ‘touched by their efforts and selflessness’ ….That they wanted to personally thank me for raising such beautiful awareness in young children…They are accidentally the youngest children in Britain to have done this. Who knew? And also honour the children with sincere gratitude and love for setting such a beautiful example…
Then from this kindness.. TRULY .AMAZING, things happened…..
So… we’re all a little shocked. Yet, exceedingly happy and of course…can’t tell you anything about it yet…
Simply because parts of the content, of the letter are confidential.
But what a morning!!!! I mean on Friday I was ‘Beyonce’ for Tiktok, and grilling endless sausages for Junior. Then by Saturday I was buddies with The Royals, the next day. As if I got a letter from Prince William! Lol.
Today I’m JLO…and I mean that on a level. I said I was never in my life going to do a Tik Tok. Don’t know why because my actual job is performance? Lol
It began quite tame…with the ‘Do, DO, doooo’ arm, hip wiggle trend….That was last weekend. I did it with the kids!
It began with the babies doing the ‘Don’t Rush’ Challenge, because of Toby!. Then I went on Tiktok to edit my Ugly Water and Candy Kittens videos on.
Both great brands btw. Candy Kittens are the yummiest, yet healthiest sweets in all of the land. We order boxes of them into Wunna Land.
They contain no gluten, no bad stuff, no artificial flavours…They’re just, yummy, yet FUN…natural sweets. (They’re family friendly, but also approved by ‘Vogue’ and ‘Glamour.’ So do not get it twisted. They’re stylish AND founded by the lovely Jamie Laing.)
They’re our absolute favourite Candy. They’re incredibly morerish. Yet the wonderful thing about the Candy Kitten sweeties is that they’re a delightfully TASTING, HEALTHIER option. You’re definitely not chewing on rubber mush. I mean, they even have a specialised vegan recipe.
We have a family link, to a discount code… It’s below:
Please do use the link to receive 25% off your order. If you’re already a Candy Kitten orderer…feel free to use it for that extra money off. If you’re a newbie and just fancy a first taste…it’s perfect. Go! Go! Go!!!!
Now, i’ll tell you about Ugly Water! @uglydrinks_uk
I’m a huge sparkling water fan. I don’t drink enough of it and wanted to hydrate more. Yet I hate the dullness of going to the tap or even just buying bottled water at a petrol station. I find it so lifeless. Lol.
So I needed to make hydrating bouji & fun…I’ve noticed that when I do, I enjoy drinking more water and so do the children!
Our cupboards and fridges are filled with the trendiest most updated snacks, treats and drinks…(all of which are healthy) and it really does keep things exciting…almost precious.
We started ordering Ugly Water Deliveries that we recently found on Insta. Everyone was shouting about it. It delivers straight to your doorstep. ( I like that. As you know I enjoy little life luxuries.) Great through isolation. It’s great QUALITY sparkling water, with NATURAL fruit flavours. There’s NO artificial flavourings, no CALORIES, no SUGAR! It’s a fun way to hydrate…Especially if you’re drinking a lot and forgetting your essential water sips. (I always forget my essential water sips.)
It tastes great and actually tastes different to all the other sparkling water brands, that I’ve tried. It’s way up there when it comes to quality. The kids love it. I love it. It comes in triple berry, lemon & lime, peach and tropical. It’s also vegan and DONATES to the ‘Girl Up’ campaign & Oceanic Global. (Meaning it’s packaging is Earth friendly!)
So you should definitely try the delivery service out because you couldn’t subject yourself to any more ‘do gooding,’ via a single Ugly Water sip! It’s basically great karma…that you don’t get from your tap or other bottled waters.
What was I saying…? I’m now trying to be some Tiktok Queen. Lol. It’s literally a case of ‘Mums gone nuts.’ However, I’m finding learning these dance routines and challenges really fun. I feel freeeeee!!!
I mean during isolation, I’ve noticed that I like to challenge myself…sort of push the boundaries a little more. Y’know do the things, that I reckon I can’t do that easily…in hope for some kind of positive improvement.
I think I was a bit scared to do a dancey Tik Tok Challenge…Again…I don’t know why? I mean, if loads of other people across the WORLD are doing them, then why can’t I? I’m a confident person.
So then I had to break a barrier…because I hate that feeling of not daring to do something because I feel too challenged or insecure.
That’s why I did one. Fair enough I chose Beyoncé.. Not necessarily the easiest of challenges…but again not too difficult .
I DID IT!!! I flippin’ Did it!
Even the kids (who always want to prank for video bomb EVERY single video I do. Haha. ) Even THEY stood there with their little half Asian mouths in shock…
So I’m proud. I’m happy. Wunna Land is filled with love and life! It’s just such a beautiful time for me. A time that I can enjoy with my babies and have fun doing the silliest challenges to make memories.
I’m on Day 20 of no alcohol!!!!! Day 20!!!!! Not a single wine is currently running through my system…which is a miracle for me!!!! I feel like I need to get passed a month because everyone does a month when they do a ‘Dry Jan’ or ‘Sober October,’ don’t they? So I’m gonna try and overboard smash it!!!
Longest detox EVER!!!
But like I said, I’m properly busy right now because I’m JLO today lol and attempting the ‘JLO Super Bowl’ Challenge. The body popping, hoochie one!!! I love it!!! It’s fun! What I like about Tiktok is that it has brought so many people together during this crazy time. That alone is both beautiful & rewarding!
(I have a lot to promote this next week …So be prepared…these blogs are gonna fire out like confetti blasts. I have two movies to promote also…So it’s not all play. 😉 )
Anyway…Watch my Beyoncé Challenge attempt. I loved it! So hopefully it’ll inspire you to dip your toe in scarier waters! Haha.
Okay! Love you! Please do try to enjoy your time in lockdown. From the bottom of my heart whether your with family, loved ones, friends or alone…Ruby, Junior & I send you all our love.
Happy Tuesday!!!! Haven’t written a blog in weeks and weeks. You have my sincerest apologies.
Every day I told myself I would. Yet, i just didn’t? Don’t know why? I’ve weirdly felt really busy, exceedingly happy and I’ve been both riding AND ENJOYING the waves of the Lockdown UK.
Wunna Land has pretty much adjusted really well. It’s delightful. So I’m counting this time as really lucky. I’m happy.
So where are we now? It’s funny because I’ve just deleted a blog that began… ‘We’re a week in!’
I wrote 3 paragraphs, then couldn’t be arsed. So we’re around 5 weeks in now? Is it 5? Or 4? I’m not counting anymore. I’m living in the moment… in the present, with two of the most precious human beings….little Ruby & Junior.
But we’ll done everyone! We’ve survived our first batch of lockdown. We’ve rolled into the second shimmie with bells on!
If you’re doing alright! Big love. If not. Even greater love from the bottom of my heart. I hope you’re well. I hope you’re safe.
It goes in waves, as does life and I’ve noticed on my Insta feed that people are having the happiest days, the dullest days…all kinds of days. All that matters is that we’re learning a lot about life, ourselves and getting through it together…
*Cheer here* (Obvs, don’t have too. Lol)
Spirits are high! The sun is out! We’re all finding more creative ways to keep occupied, busy and therefore happy! We’ve adapted. We’re living in the moment. We’re looking forward to the future. (Which is how I’ve always said WE SHOULD be living.) Everyone is dandy and most people are sticking to the rules.
This is obviously just a catch up blog, so I’m just skim everything for you quickly…
The clocks went forward. No-one cared. Life didn’t change. We still woke up and did our worlds with a much perkier lockdown vibe. Third week in I got on this ‘must work hard at career’ vibe, so I auditioned for everything. I think between us…including the kids, we smashed 9 auditions. I managed to book two feature films from that week. I’m in a lot of ‘Zoom’ meetings and work talks. So that’s a buzz.
We filmed for ‘The One Show’ and the Breakfast Show for the BBC. I’ve done a bunch of radio interviews too. I’m trying to join the ‘Great British Chorus,’ with Gareth Malone…but don’t know how?
As a family we’re loving our time together. There’s a real ‘power in 3’ with Ruby, Junior & I. We’re SO close & I hope it always stays that way. I’ve apways said that’s one of the reasons we’re beginning to do so well.
We’ve homeschooled. They’ve worked REALLY hard. I’m so proud. We’ve baked cookies, cakes, puddings, brownies…everything with our ‘Betty Crocker’ cam. We’ve painted rainbows on everything. We’ve sang. We’ve danced. Done Ballet class. We’ve exercised. We’ve created. We’ve built. We’ve played. We’ve watched movies and just you name it…we have done it.
I’m even like some Queen of cooking right now! I mean, who knew I could AT ALL cook? But we’ve had some ‘slap up’ bound meals, due to top chefs and home cooks sharing all their favourite recipes online. As if I’ve made food. Really good food!!!!!!!! I’ve shocked myself. We’re all amazed! Haha.
I said I would never join Tiktok. I did. I watched my mate ‘Olympian Toby’ do the ‘Don’t Rush Challenge.’ The babies wanted to do it so badly…and just like that…a Tiktok was created and we did a couple little videos.
I’ve stopped drinking! Yes! I know! I’m nuts. I’m on a drinking detox. So, it’ll be 15 days now since I last had a wine. This is why I can’t be left to my own devices because ‘do-gooding’ occurs by accident. 😉
I saw that my friend ‘Big Brother Rex,’ posted a thing about how he hasn’t drank in 87 days, or something insane like that??? I know him well. If he can stop drinking than anyone can! So I Challenged myself. That’s why i quit for a bit. Plus, i’ll get great skin and lose weight, if I do it for long enough.
I hate to feel challenged. I like things to come easily. But I love challenge MYSELF, it’s weird?
We did Easter. Lots of Eggs. Easter Bunny came and left us mini piles of treats. We had Easter themed food. Junior was delighted!!! Bless him! He loves a celebration!!! He’s really come out his shell during lockdown.
The babies are just over the moon. They adjusted immediately and loved being home from day one! We’ve done so much and made so many memories,
So far, I’ve not been bored. But there’s just so much going on isn’t there? The days are just flying by!
Drama even managed to find me during the first 3 weeks. After 3 days it disappeared. I hate drama. It’s just sooo ‘little people, little minds.’
Anyway…that’s about everything…Im in a kimono. I’m answering your ‘Ask me Anything’ questions on my insta story, every day. You can literally ‘ask me anything.’ I’ll skim and answer, because some are a little bonkers. Haha. (Cold showers for everyone.)
I’m gonna try and write a blog everyday. Don’t know if I will. I’m still loving life as an actress and a single mum. It rocks. I feel wonderful.
Ruby and Junior are currently glueing sequins to everything and Oh! Keith Lemon just dropped Ruby some ‘Quiche Lemon’ love on Twitter. She named her tea after him on Monday. 🙂
Hope you’re well. Catch me on Insta or Tweet me. (I’m not using my FB right now, at all.)
More blogs to come!
If you haven’t seen my poor attempt at the pillow challenge…it’s up on my Insta!
I woke this morning, to Junior ‘helicopter’ spinning a thick gold chain, around my face, at the actual speed of light, whilst in hysterical laughter. When the world suddenly came into focus, I noticed that the chain had a giant plastic fortune cookie attached to the end of it. Haha. How on earth he found a thick gold chain I don’t know? I get how he found a giant fortune cookie. I mean…this is Wunna land, after all. I’m surprised it wasn’t diamond encrusted. 😉
Then Ruby appeared out of nowhere, filled with excitement, with outstanding her head of curly fruwls and shoved a giant picture in my face. It was SO close to my face that I definitely couldn’t see and questioned if breathing was going to be an issue. Lol. Then she shouted, from 1cm away… ‘Mum, LOOK I’ve designed your new room. Your bed is a SWAN!!!!!!’
We’re a week into isolation, social distancing and all that jazz. You all know the score. The UK has gone into total ‘lock down’ and we’re no longer allowed to leave our homes unless we have a medical emergency, need a trip to go buy food or if you’re headed to work. (Like my Mum- who’s a Doctor and at 70 something is headed out to work, to help those in need. I hope you clapped for the NHS on Thursday evening. I’m really proud of my Mother’s spirit. She’s a real hero.I mean she even won the NHS Hero Award. I love her madly.) We’re also allowed to go out for exercise once a day. Yet when we’re taking these trips outside, we are to stand at least 2 metres away from one another.
Outside supermarkets, security have been placing humans on 2 metre distance markers into queues and only letting folk in a ‘few at a time.’ (I queued yesterday for juice, cucumbers and then I thought ‘fuck it I need wine.’ Everyone kept waving at me in the queue, whilst I stood on my marker. It was oddly great for my ego! I felt like Miss. World. Haha.
But yes…We are all self isolation at home. Ruby, Junior & I. Like I said, we’re about a week in and we’re loving it….even though the circumstances aren’t exactly ideal. We’re kinda having a blast!
I didn’t want to blog through the adjustment, as everyone’s a little more edgy, a bit more touchy and a wee bit disgruntled through a change, aren’t they? And I think it’s important for humans to find THEIR OWN footing through a big change.
I’m someone who deals with change really well because it’s just something that constantly happens throughout my life. Nothing can shock me. Nothing can shake me. It’s actually a part of my personality that I kinda do love. I love that BOTH my children are the same way because they’ve been through so much already.
Don’t get me wrong, i’ll have a worry, i’ll FEEL (I feel everything.) I’ll then get the ‘moan’ out the way and within a moment… I’m okay. (I’m naturally that way wired. However, you’ll also find that when you’re a parent, you tend to deal with things in a more mighty, yet loving ‘don’t at all worry-I got this’ fashion.’ That way your babies always feel safe, happy & inspired.
Right now…it’s not so bad! The suns out. The birds are chirping. Our world is filled with warmth, laughter and love. I’ve cooked the best meals and shocked myself…because we would ALWAYS eat out. We’ve been so creative. We’ve sang, drawn, danced and watched great actors. 😉 I’ve literally home schooled the children ALL WEEK. They’ve done full school days, AT HOME from 9am-3.30pm with Yours Truly. (Haha. Can you imagine!)
As I tweeted, I always had a huge respect for all teachers, yet NOW there’s WHOLE NEW LEVEL of love & admiration. Lol. So yes, thank you to all of the teachers, who have in ANY way inspired or educated my babies. It’s certainly enjoyable, but GOD it’s HARD WORK!!
I’ve worked really hard, so far this year. But right now I’m not concentrating on work at all. There’s no point. I’m taking it a day at a time because when we come out of this my work schedule is going to be BONKERS. Right before we went into isolation, I had not only filmed back to back films…but just booked another few. It’s going to be hectic.
What I’m doing is loving home life, with my little ones Ru & Ju. They couldn’t be happier and it’s made my soul glisten. (That could also be the wine. 🙂 )
Recently, I’ve worked so much, that this break, this time that we’re all having at the moment, without worry, just joy…is simply beautiful. It’s a time that I’m treasuring and choosing to live with my babies, who are my everything. We’re not struggling through it. We’re embracing it….and I hope you are too.
It’s kinda made everyone in the world just stop, adjust and simply ENJOY life for what it is! We can deal with the drama later….
In this time people around the world, will learn a lot about themselves, each other and their choices. They’ll realise what makes them happy or what doesn’t quite fill their world with love. Yet most of all, I noticed that something so terrible connected us ALL…as one. It reminded us that no-one is bigger or better than each anyone else and that ‘as one’ we’re united as a world. The big picture.
One week in.. I’m loving this time:.. Sit back. Enjoy it. Worry about nothing. Live.
Happy first day of Spring! Happy International Day Of Happiness! I hope you’re all doing exceedingly well & making glorious use of the free time that’s been blown our way, due to the tango of the Corona Virus.
This has been the first time, in absolute months that I’ve had off work, so I’m choosing to see it as a luxury. It keeps things deliciously perky & positive. Especially when the other side is to see it as a self isolating prison. Only the grumbly will do that…and I know you’re not grumbly. 😉
I’m certainly one who can enjoy my own company. 😉 However (although I’m being positive about the situation & just getting on with it all,) I’m actually not one who believes that self isolation is a wonderful thing. I get the ‘don’t spread germs and the virus’ shabam…I come from an entire family of Doctors. It makes sense. I’m not stupid. I don’t like the idea of passing on the virus if I had it. But like I said to my good good friend Jenna yesterday. We chatted outside, as people dashed about us bulk buying all the pasta…
‘If I get the corona virus and die…at least I’ve had a good life. Haha.’
Jenna: ‘Haha…true Wunna. Very true!!!’
We pissed ourselves laughing. Got on with life. She walked off with her milk & I ventured onward to find potatoes.
Oh the glamour! I never thought I’d ever have to go on a hunt for potatoes. I usually hunt for gin, diamonds or handsome folk.
I even bumped into ‘Lori’ who I love so madly because she has the most delicious sense of humour. Our daughters are in school together and It was a happy bumping. I haven’t seen her in so long. But she’s delightful. We got to chat for ages & just have a laugh, as everyone busied around, us madly.
Me: ‘Well at least you’ve been smart. You have turkey and a chicken. I have Budweiser and Super noodles.’
Lori: ‘Haha. I think we should buy lentils? I swear, we’re gonna have to be on rations! It’s crazy. Lol.’
Yesterday, I noticed that a lot of people had chosen to be out and about, instead of completely self isolating…because you just can’t successfully live your life trapped indoors 24/7…and still be emotionally stable.
That’s why I don’t fully agree with complete self isolation. It’s not a well balanced procedure.
My soul likes to feel free as a bird. It runs through the Wunna land blood line. We like to live, love and see the world. Feel the wind in our hair. Flirt with adventure & excitement. Dance on the streets. Cartwheel across the lands. You get the picture.
However luckily, Ruby, Junior & I enjoy each other’s company SO incredibly much, due to the little world that we accidentally managed to create….So for us, it’ll all be wonderful. I’m not sure it’s wonderful for everyone though & my heart goes out to them! It truly does. I send you all my love from the bottom of my heart.
All my filming has now been postponed. I’m officially off work until filming resumes. I’m enjoying the rest. I’m eating well. I’m relaxing and loving it. It’s been quite a blessing. I’m really Thankful for this break, that I didn’t realise I needed.
The babies finish school today, after it has been announced that all UK schools are to be closed as of this afternoon, to keep the nation safe!
It was certainly the correct decision. Plus, it keeps the teachers safe..and teachers alone are a blessing!
I looked at all the children in the playground this morning. They were laughing, running around and well they just looked SO SO happy to be around each other, oblivious to the stress that the world was under. It was lovely to see them all so free, as for a while now…they won’t have that burst of morning excitement…until further notice.
I’m not gonna lie. I’m excited to have my babies home with me. I’ve worked so hard, so it’s the perfect down time. It’s always a laugh with them. Yes, mental. Completely mental. But hilarious!!!
They’re already winding me up with Tik Tok moves and Nerf guns bullets to my forehead, as a wake up call. I wouldn’t have it any other way! They’re my bliss. My world. I literally DO live for them.
Ruby thinks I’m ruining her 9yr old career by refusing to start a Tik Tok account for her AND then DO VIDEOS WITH HER. She has another film, a book and a bag line to tend to by the end of this year. Her ambition makes me giggle. But she hasn’t enough on her plate AND home school. Although I’m similar. I’m her grounding influence…because I’ve lived the life she wishes for… I’m there to make sure she doesn’t get lost in a world of flurry. I keep it real. I keep it loving. I keep it positive.
On the other side of the room…
Junior thinks that burgers, like money…grows on trees???
Junior: ‘If i plant this sesame seed Mum, it’ll turn into a burger tree.’
Me: ‘Burgers don’t grow on trees, baby.’
Junior: ‘They do! Like money.’
Me: ‘Money doesn’t grow on trees, baby.’
I mean, family self isolation hasn’t even started yet and this is what I’m having to deal with…with a tortoise, a cat and in a kimono.
Happy first day of Spring! I hope you’re all doing well!
This is a quick catch up blog, as obviously a lot is going on in the world right now, with the whole ‘virus’ dilemma….I have a so much tell you. So much has happened. I’ve been so busy! Lots of work. Lots of life. I’ve also been in Manchester booking ace jobs!
However…back to the world ‘Covid 19’ situation.. If I’m being honest, I’m loving those who are staying safe, yet STILL having fun and living. (It’s really NOT the end of the world. If you’re panicking…don’t. Take the necessary precautions, yet keep enjoying life.)
There’s no reason to feel at a loss. I understand a lot of the stress. Yet things haven’t stopped. They’ve simply ‘paused’ and I’m enjoying the ‘pause’ because we need it at times. There’s nothing you can do…so make like Prosecco… just chill and enjoy!
PLUS, you’ve got back up…if you’re feeling rubbish…this time, THE REST of the world UNDERSTANDS how you’re feeling. We get it. We got you. Don’t worry. Plonk a smile on ya face. Everything happens for a reason! Everything will be fine. You’re exactly where you’re meant to be!
I assure you…The beat still goes on regardless. …kinda whether you like it or not.
So please continue to stay positive and keep moving forward because this whole living in fear and hoarding toilet roll bonanza…. is bonkers.
Stop it! Stop it now! Stop being nuts! I mean who hoards such an unnecessary essential. Get the RUM! GET ALL THE WINE!
Toilet roll? It couldn’t get any duller. 😉 If everything comes to an end…you’ll want a GIN…not a bit of paper to wipe ya ‘hooty.’
Builder to my right: ‘I saw a man driving in marigolds! Lol. Really! I honestly just did!He had a face mask on n’all!’
Other Builder: ‘I swear I’ve already had it. I had it last week.’
‘We’re Yorkshire. We’ll be fine. Just put a big coat on.’
‘I’ve had the flu jab, me. I’m sorted.’
However yes, my inbox is FULL of you all asking how I’m doing etc…
Well…we here in Wunna Land are doing GREAT for such a strange time. Ruby, Junior and I are literally & quite weirdly having THE BEST time, in a long time.
The babies are still in school. If that changes…then they’ll love it, as they’ll get to stay at home for days on end. Haha.
I’m still filming. I’m back on the ‘L’appel du Vide’ set with Director Georgia tomorrow because we’re absolutely ‘gangsta.’ I mean, at the end of the day, if I didn’t die falling down a cliff during the storms, the Virus won’t kill me… and if it does…let’s face it..I’ve had a good life, haven’t I! Lol.
So yeah…we’re still gonna be working like troopers and making the most of the ‘down’ time.
Of course, a lot of shoots etc.. have been postponed, due to the whole self isolation issue…However they’re ONLY postponed…There’s no need to fret. I’m seeing a lot of fretting. Things really WILL go back to normal! Quicker than you think….
But yes…people are asking me if i’m self isolating and if I’m being honest… No. Not yet. We’re still eating out. We’re still living and enjoying our family time together. But don’t get me wrong, when everywhere decides to close, then we won’t go be going out and about…because we won’t be able to! Lol.
But yes, We’re all happy, healthy and doing really well, In fact, we’re doing surprisingly better than we ever have? It’s odd? I know. But it’s a really lucky time for Wunna land and I feel so utterly grateful. I feel SO completely blessed. If there were lucky stars i’d thank them! (I’m almost having to pinch myself, as I’m watching ‘dreams come true’ & for that feeling alone…i’m truly grateful.)
I hope you’re all well, all happy and all staying safe.
I was happily lost in a lusty world of magic, creativity, The Hara and wild rock music. I’d been beckoned there, to the Grand Theatre in Lancaster, on Sunday February 9th by ‘The Gods’ at Cosmic Joke, (@cosmic.joke) Alex Taylor (@mancwthamviecam) & Shona Brown (@sb_inthe_hills).
My presence was requested to come ‘play‘ Burlesque, in the name of ‘Tokyo Hit,’ which is @theharaband ‘s brand new single. I mean, what an ice cold Prosecco dripped drrreeeeam.
The single is out of this world! It’s insane! They went STRAIGHT in at Number 1 in the Rock Charts and their album ‘We Are The Movement’ is at Number 2 in the overall album charts! It’s the song that changed their EVERYTHING!
The music video went live last night at 7pm and it is INSANE!!!! Not only did I get to WATCH IT…but I got to actually LIVE IT!
Listen up. If The Hara OR Cosmic Joke EVER beckon you….LET ALONE if BOTH OF THEM beckon you AT ONCE…YOU GO!
YOU GO IMMEDIATELY, because @cosmic.joke are the ‘creme de la– ooh la’ of film, video and magical creations. The Hara @theharaband are literally an outstanding, ‘cut above the rest,’ slicky slice. They are making their mark in rock music! They are changing the game and doing it a wink at a time!
If you get beckoned…it’s almost like winning a naughty ‘Golden Ticket,’ where you get to have fun on the dark side, for a moment.
You GET through Storm Ciara, through the floods, fog, rain, road closures and early mornings and you strut into their world, put on a corset, slide into pair of soft fishnets, tinker into a set of frilly satin shorts, slip on your heels and as The Queen of makeup @kategracemu does your face, hair and gusto…
You FIND your inner sexy…you get up on that stage… and you DANCE!
What a way to spend a Sunday! It was a wild day filled with lights, swirls, music, pretend drum banging, boys blowing down trumpets, waving flat caps (@will_dakin you were amazing….) cameras, screaming fans, playtime, fishnets action and the most divine freedom of madness! There was a storm going on outside…Yet in our world nothing else mattered but true creation and deliciousness.
The crew were outstanding. They knew what they wanted and got it. The Hara are obviously phenomenal. There wasn’t a moment that wasn’t filled with ‘good times’ and we got to be wild and free, as we all soared through the Grand Theatre, creating a music video, for you ALL to feel part of!
It makes you feel alive.
It was on a complete other level. It was a rush!
As soon as you walked into The Grand Theatre, you felt it. You felt the magic in the air. It oozed sexiness, hard work, dark fun and life. The place looked divine. It did however meandered a sense of calmness, which balanced out the excitement. We were all there to work…and we did.
I mean everyone was a professional at what they did…So there was literally no stress. It was all so easy. We were all quietly confident and relaxed! Plus everyone on set got along really well, trusted each other and listened to one another. We were all filled with humility. Everyone was down to earth and kind. So even though we all smashed it…At the end we couldn’t really even believe we did! Lol
Most of us on set were Northerners. There are times where us Northerners do great things, can’t believe it and then celebrate with 17 pints, once it sinks in. Lol.
The Queen of makeup Katie was starlight. I walked in like i’d been washed a shore, from a cold desert island somewhere ‘that way.’ I walked out of hair and makeup looking like the sassiest piece of Oriental, that your eyes could’ve ever seen! A ‘Rockstar’ couldn’t have designed me any better himself.
When I looked in the mirror, she had literally turned me into some kind of Goddess of ultimate edge and sassiness. I felt like a Queen! It was the most wonderful way to start the day. (Then she banged her head and dressed like ET.)
I was teamed up with Rachel, who’s absolutely beautiful & the most phenomenal dancer. She was so sweet and I loved her. There was a moment where we just looked at each other in amazement. We felt so lucky to pretty much be ‘the chosen ones.‘ We don’t have a bad day job. Lol
Alex is a GREAT Director. He’s one of my favourites. He’s phenomenal at what he does, but does, what he does…with such witty ease. He’s hilarious! He has this great sense of humour. A dry sense of humour & sees the whole big picture in his head always. He makes the magic happen and what he creates is always top notch, so you know you’re in good hands. I’ll say it again. He’s a GREAT Director. He has these wonderful moments of deep thought, where he sounds like a scientific genius of the creative arts…
‘Let’s just think about the psychics of it all…’
‘No. When the girls are ALL over you, the way you FEEL is…. (breathes in through his nose…and as he slowly releases, he says…) that it is…ACCEPTABLE…’
(Then we all smirk, like they were the words of God.)
Shona, The Producer is an absolute delight. She has a fun streak, an amazing temperament. She showed me a Burlesque move that I could maybe deliver for the shot… (which was filled with Sass and let me tell you…absolutely remarkable.) Yet at the same time she’s calm, focused and kind. She smiles a lot. She has this radiance to her. She’s definitely the glue. She makes everything run so smoothly. I love her!
The Hara boys.
What’s amazing guys!!! Josh, Jack & Zack!!! They deserve all the success in the absolute world. Yes, they’re SO talented musically and creatively. Yes, they’re ‘rock stars.’ But y’know, they’re the kindest guys you’ll meet. Theres a softness to them. They feel really lucky. They’re filled with passion. They’re all northern and thoughtful. I loved how humble they were. I mean, they’ve achieved an awful lots abscess I have so much respect for them for that! And yeah, they’re fun and zany in pvc pants, makeup and fishnets. But they’re so down to earth and easy to get on with. They really want to do well and they WORK SO HARD to do well.
It’s honestly mesmerising to watch them on stage..and any time to get to sit with Josh, between takes, whilst he’s talking you through how scabby his knee tattoo once was… you know life is bliss! I watched the video last night and his performance is absolutely out of this world!!! I’m an actress. I watch a lot of people ‘play’ every single day. He smashed it about! They all did. But I was exceptionally impressed.
They’re a team. They’re a family and it was an absolute wonderful honour to be welcomed in for the day, to help them film and celebrate their new single ‘Tokyo Hit’ which has basically become on overnight hit!
I mean…STRAIGHT IN at Number 1.
I couldn’t be more grateful for my time with every single person, that I worked with on that day. I love that my Wunna land path crossed with yours, in this life time.
So, as the story goes… ALL I’m gonna ask you to do…is to simply ENJOY the new music video, for their new single ‘Tokyo Hit.’
We all loved creating it for you and it genuinely always means the world to know that you loved it too.
What a truly amazing time. What a phenomenal film to be part of. I’ve just ‘wrapped’ on ‘Leave in Lurch’ with Green Run Productions & if there was a film that sincerely represented a real walk of life, a genuine ‘feel’ of existence, in it’s truest and grittiest form…with the ‘drama’ coming from pure heart, soul, passion, anger & strife…it would be this one.
It’s an amazing film. I’m gonna say it again so you remember…
It’s an AMAZING film!
I’d be looking to be part of a Yorkshire based, street/crime drama for such a long time. A great one never came up. It’s something that just has to be done right, isn’t it? It’s not as easy as everyone would think. Then came ‘Leave in Lurch,’ a Yorkshire based, crime/drama in it’s truest form. It was raw, it was real and based on life in the streets of Bradford, West Yorkshire.
As soon as I read the script, met the crew, heard who the other actors were, and understood the feel of the film…Y’know, the how and where it was all going to be shot…I was IN! There were no ‘airs,’ no ‘graces,’ just great talents dedicated and determined to tell their story.
I mean they hit the streets running and brimming with confidence! The crew (the Green Run Production Guys) set up in the heart of the roughest alley ways, towns and corners of Bradford, ready to give their script absolute LIFE & with zero fear…ALL heart!
No big studio lots, no designed sets….It was all filmed within the centre and mist of real street life in Bradford. We literally filmed it amongst families and the people who were doing THEIR version of life, the only way they knew how….on the streets.
So, I cameo in the film. I play ‘Josh’s Girlfriend.’ Every role in this movie, big or small, on set or off set…makes a difference. It matters because a true family vibe was created during filming. It was kinda essential for the intimacy that was needed, y’know to give the script life.
Everyone wants this film to do well and the majority of the cast ARE Yorkshire based. Therefore, of course, i’m ever so proud to be representing because I’m Yorkshire born and raised. Fair enough, i’m not very ‘gangsta‘ and I did do a six year stint in Hollywood… However, this film mattered because it told a story of real life, culture and being part of this film, made me hold my head up high, with that true northern spirit.
My eyes and soul have seen a lot in my time, whilst on my life travels. My heart has felt even more…So I embraced this vibe with everything that I was!
Everyone knows that ALL Yorkshire people, love being from ‘Yorkshire.’ We’re the ‘Salt of the Earth.’ The best people about. 😉 So, as you can imagine, whilst the crew and actors were filming all over the city of Bradford, people were poking their heads out of their windows, standing in their doorways in their dressing gowns watching the film being made. Locals where taking photos. Real life fights were happening on the streets, whilst the scripted pretend fights were being filmed. Real life deals were being made down dodgy alley ways. It was just surreal to be in amongst it all AND film the story, whilst the real life version was happening all around us, every single minute, of every single day. You couldn’t buy that magic.
We lived it. We felt it. We even chatted to street folk in between takes…who thought we weren’t filming a movie at all and instead thought we we’re undercover police, over watching the streets.
It was just amazing!
So, Ruby (@rubyandjunior) my little girl, plays ‘Ava Khan‘ in the movie.
She plays ‘Bilal’s’ daugher. ‘Bilal’ is the main character in the film. She’s plays the ‘light‘ amongst the ‘darkness,’ that is taking place and I can’t even nearly describe to you how PROUD I am of her. I can’t find the words to tell you how….I just can’t believe it. I’ve never in my life actually been IN A film WITH my own daughter and the way she conducted herself on set… was just astonishing. She blows my mind every day!
I was there every day she was on set filming. Yet when it came to the creativity, i left her to it, to listen to the Director. (Ben @benleejones) She understood the story. She understood her character. She knew her lines. She had chats with Ben and took his direction. They had a really great bond. A wonderful respect for one another. She felt really comfortable and safe.
I can’t believe how grown she is now. I can’t believe it at all! I think she’s just so happy to have spent her half term at 8 years old (well she actually turned 9 yesterday ..) in her own words…’in a film…on a film set….filming.‘ Lol. She wanted to be in a ‘real gritty’ film…and I made it happen for her. (It IS Wunna Land afterall. 😉 )
Junior came along every single day because they just can’t do anything without each other. It’s cute! They’re so close, they stand by each other’s always….and he JUST LOVED, being part of it all! He was so excited he could’ve BURST. I mean the boys just made him feel so loved and important all the time, which I’m really grateful for. He made some really wonderful memories, that he’ll treasure forever. He literally wanted to stay there the whole entire time…and cried all the way home on his last day on set. Lol.
I so wholeheartedly impressed with every single member of Green Run Productions. I mean the way they cared and handled working with children on set, was literally first class. They entertained, played, chatted and made both Ruby and Junior feel so confident and appreciated, on and off set always!! They were remarkable. All of them.
I mean, even when they were really busy, they always found time to make sure the kids were okay. They handled the situation exceptionally. Lets face it, it’s not easy trying to bring the best out performance out of an 8 year old, in film, when it comes to gritty crime/dramas. Especially when they’re a ‘Wunna Baby’…and Junior is threatening to either give you a ‘squirrel wedgie,’ tell you a joke about Santa & Poo’s, or demanding that you make him pancakes.
Junior: ‘I’ve got a joke.’
Dan (@danparker16) : ‘Go on…’
Junior: ‘Why did Santa cross the road?’
Dan: ‘Haha..i don’t know?’ (He knew something ridiculous was a coming…)
Junior: ‘…because he needed a poo.’
This is what Dan had to deal with, in between takes, boom holding and ‘room tone’ seconds.
But they did it! The crew had Alvin & the Chipmunks playing, pancakes, chocolate, sweets, drinks, they let Junior help out, they made Ruby feel confident, Harry (Production Design) found them lego, computer games, board games and toy shields. Ben ran around the house with them and let them put him in a dungeon. Jake showed them magic tricks. The list is endless. It was insane. But they handled it all…whilst filming a street crime, drama. Lol.
But away from the babies. It’s a great film. It’s remarkably shot & the fight scenes are choreographed almost beautifully, with a free rough edge, allowing the actors to savage in their own kind of wild. (That’s GREAT Directing!!)
I’ve never seen a crew work as hard as Green Run Productions. They were so filled with passion. They stayed up until 6am on nights, going through all the shots for the next day…because they wanted to make sure they got it exactly right!!!
Jamie (@Malay.JJ) : ‘We’ve had two hours sleep. But we’re fine. We can sleep when we’re done.’
I noticed that they all got along so closely off-set, which was obvious in the way they worked together to create magic on set. They travelled from Southampton to film in Bradford and were living together in a giant house in the middle of the countryside. When they chilled they were just like a family.
I mean one day on set, when we were filming the fight scene in an alley way, Storm Denis decides to come along and play ‘gangsta,’ with us. It didn’t rain….it stormed!!!
All the equipment was safely treasured…and the actors placed in warm cars. But as I looked through the car windscreen, I saw every member of the Green Run Crew, stood in a huddle, the middle of the most stormiest wet storm, in a Bradford alleyway. They were drenched from head to toe. I mean SOAKED!!! Their umbrellas had turned upside down, because the force of the wind was SO SO strong! They were freezing! They couldn’t feel their hands or faces! They couldn’t even breathe because Storm Denis was hitting them so hard!
All this was happening to them…and I looked at their faces.
All I could see was happiness, laughter, umbrella sharing, insta photo moments and a true sense of both work team spirit and friendship.
They waited until the storm passed…as soon as it did just for a moment…we were all back on our markers, in the alleyway, ready to shoot!
Ben: ‘Lets Go! Go! Go! Let’s get this done!!!!’
I mean all of them.
Dan (@danparker16) Sound Recordist. He had such a great sense of humour. He held booms like they were his wifey & made sure he got everything he needed. I Liked his precision and confidence. I loved watching him work and adored listening to Junior tell him rubbish jokes. 🙂
Harry (@harryjamesfloyd) Art Director! I spent loads of time with Harry, as we sorted out wardrobe and props…all sorts! He was just so phenomenal at being organised and getting the job done. He was really dedicated and really great at making all the actors feel truly comfortable before being driven to set. He was sweet, yet particular and was good to Ruby & Junior.
Jake. The Gaffer. He was hard working, respectful and kind. There was a sweetness to him and I saw that no matter, whenever ANYONE needed help, he was there immediately, without a second thought. It didn’t matter what’s he had to do. He did it. You always need that guy.
Franki. (@frankiproduction) The Producer. He was always so gentle and polite. He went ‘above and beyond’ to make sure everybody single person on that set was happy, at all times. He solved all problems, so efficiently and within kindness. He’s like a gentle giant. He was the glue, when things weren’t going to plan & he delivered his role calmly, respectfully and with love. He was excellent!
@kebabdul.69420 You were so sweet and so much fun to chat to between takes. I loved your monologue and I missed grateful for your kindness. You’re certainly on the right track, for for being so young.
Eden. (@eden_hayeswright) Screenplay Writer. The only lady in the crew & she exuded absolute power. She worked so hard. She muscled through, with the boys. She lived with them. Stayed up with them and put them in line when necessary. Lol. I loved cosy car chats with her, during ‘need to keep warm’ moments. She wrote the script. She did an amazing job.
Jamie. (@Malay.jj) 1st AD. Editor. There’s a kindness to Jamie, a swag-like softness. There’s so many creative layers to him. You can almost see into his soul. Yet he has the personality of a Director because he knows what he wants and works really hard, without condition. He smiles a lot on set and I like that, but he’s ambitious. He’s gonna smash the edit of this film. I just know it.
Goose (@rohan_ramahamaha ) D.O.P. There’s a delightful zany quality to Goose. My children described him as a ‘superhero’ because he ran like one, and jumped off walls. In my mind, any D.O.P that takes the time to feed a magical pony apples, every morning, for good luck…is quite certainly a legend. I loved his quirkiness.
And Ben (@benleejones) What a fantastic Director. Motivated. Dedicated. He has a champion spirit. Yet a dynamic passion. He knows what he wants and he knows how to bring the best out of his team. I listened and respected fully because any guy of his age, who can strongly Direct a crew and team of actors, who ages range from 4 – 44 years old, through a Storm, choreographed fights and a crime/drama is phenomenal. He kept every happy and motivated. He wanted to do well for him….and hopefully we all did.
I definitely want to work with these guys again! I cannot wait to see the film…and i’ll be telling you about the actors who I worked with in a different blog!!! (It’s a WHOLE different blog indeed!! Haha!)
But thank you so incredibly much, from the bottom of my heart, to all of you at Green Run Productions. You are all true, true talents and I love that my little family and I have created such beautiful memories with you! I’m honoured to have worked with you. The film Is going to be amazing!!!!