Carol McGiffin of Loose Women fame is starring in her first panto. She shared how she had a stress attack just thinking of performing live on stage in a theatre, and how she overcame it in this excellent article excerpted from the Mirror.
She often lifts the veil from her personal life in front of millions of TV viewers – but Loose Women’s Carol McGiffin is full of jitters over her first panto role.
The Sunday People popped backstage to visit our brilliant outspoken columnist as she prepares to play the Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin.
And we found Carol, 52, who has never acted and had four days of rehearsals, was terrified.
It seems being on stage facing 2,000 people is scarier than any TV studio.
Carol laughed and said: “I don’t remember being out there because I was so shocked with nerves. It was really horrible. I hated it.
“It’s not easy for someone who doesn’t act but I’m getting into it now. I’ve had moments where I forgot my lines but luckily the other actors are brilliant at what they do and they get me out of it.
“My main aim is to get through it without cocking up.”
We visited Carol, who is appearing twice a day, six days a week, before an afternoon performance.
She said: “I’ve got my own dressing room and it’s really cosy. I’ve got lots of flowers and Christmas cards in it. The other actors often join me for a cup of tea in the break between performances and we have a good laugh.
“It’s exhausting work if you’re not used to it. It’s a long day.” The presenter said she sought advice from her Loose Women co-stars including telly actress Denise Welch.
Carol revealed: “Denise said acting onstage would come to me and once I started doing it I’d reenjoy it. It was difficult to believe to start with she was right. I am enjoying it now.
“On stage it’s so difficult to say things that something you wouldn’t normally say. And t are you have to say it as if it’s normal and it hasn’t bwritten by somebody else. I’m so rubbish at actijust don’t get it. I don’t understand it.”
Carol McGiffin plays Genie of the Lamp at the Hippodrome in London to mixed reviews. Some critics praised her but several said she should stick to Loose Women and forget the theatre. I suppose you’ll have to go to see for yourself!