Steve Jones Q&A: Part 1

Mimi ON Dec 05, 2008 AT 2:01 pm

Steve Jones on set

Steve Jones on set

With Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging being released on DVD on the 8th December, star of the film and ladies man Steve Jones dishes the dirt on the film and his first kiss.

Q. How did you become involved with Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging?
A: It was last October, I think, I got a phone call from my agent who said we’d had a phone call from Gurinder Chadha’s people, and they said: “They’d like you to come along and audition for a small part in a new film”. So I went along to the audition and was in a room full of actors… I recognised a lot of them and was immediately paranoid thinking: “Oh God, what are they thinking? You’re only a presenter, this isn’t for you.” But I went into the room and evidently nailed it.

Q. Has it given you the acting bug?
A: Yeah. I enjoyed the process. It’s very different to what I’m used to. I’m very hands-on with my presenting projects. I’ll co-write the scripts I work on and try different things. But with acting it’s very much: “No, just say what’s on the script.” It’s a different process but it was no less fun.

Q. You’re playing a handyman, so how handy are you around the house?
A: Not at all. I’m absolutely useless. I was saying earlier that I could kill myself wallpapering. I’m not DIY, I just do TV. That’s about the range of my talents.

Q. Did you find yourself going down the gym to buff up?
A: Do you know I did because I knew I was going to have my top off and I had a little bit of time, so I went to the gym and kind of caught the gym bug. I haven’t stopped going to the gym since. I’ve worked really, really hard since then and I think I’m a little more streamline since the film.

Q. There’s a lot of snogging in the film. Did it bring back memories of your own first kiss?
A: Um, my own first kiss was pretty horrific… my first proper one. It was pretty awful but they always are, aren’t they?

Read part 2 of the interview here

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