An Interview With Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden opens up ahead of the launch of I've Got Something To Tell You on 3rd October

Amanda Holden

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?  

Well, my grandmother always said to me, "Spend a bit, save a bit." But I spend a lot and save a bit. My advice to my children is never give up. I've got a whole army of; they called themselves 'Holdenites' on Twitter, and it's now their motto as well. I think of it for everything, I tell my children 'Don't give up unless you've collapsed', basically.

What's the biggest risk you've ever taken?  

Physically, I trained as a stuntwoman for a programme where I had to jump off buildings, crash a police car and do trampolining. It was probably one of the best things I've ever done, to be honest, but I suppose it was quite risky.

What's the biggest decision you've had to make?  

Probably to have kids. You meet someone, you definitely want them and it's that thing where everyone waits for the right time, but there isn't one. You have to just do it, so it's a decision that you almost have to make immediately. Before your eggs turn into raisins.

What would you tell your 18-year-old self?  

Relax. Stop interrupting people. Stop worrying about your mono-brow; it'll just go on its own, which it did. That gap in your teeth will also mysteriously close (which it did). Just relax and enjoy being young, and stop wanting everything to happen so fast. I still tell myself that now.

What's your favourite childhood memory?  

Oh I have loads, because I had the most amazing childhood. I lived in an era where we could all still play on the streets safely and we had camps and dens. My mum would wave goodbye and I wouldn't come back all day! Now she would probably call the police. I just remember being very free and outdoors all the time. I still eat my tea or dinner anywhere fast, because I have the mentality that I need to get back out and play. Even in restaurants I'm told "Stop looking at your watch" and I know, but I want to get out and play!

What's your most prized possession?  

In my bedroom, I recently found when we moved house, a little rabbit that I've had since I was born, it's got one ear and sits on my windowsill. It smells of old which I love, so I suppose that. I don't know if it has a name. My blanket thing I used to take around and cuddle was called Buddy, but it fell out the pushchair and I lost it. I'm so obsessed with my children's because of it.

What inspires you?  

Whenever I get asked the question 'Which famous person do you look up to?' it's no one like that really, it's just normal people. Without sounding like Miss World, it's women who work. My mother (who worked) brought up two kids - anyone in that situation, male or female. People who give all of themselves to their children, the rest to their job, with no time for themselves - that's who inspires me.

What are your favourite Instagram accounts?  

Well, I love @BarnabyGates, I love wallpaper and interior designs. Oh! I follow the account of a guy who puts himself in every single shot of Kendall Jenner's [@kirbyjenner], it's hysterical. @thetravelingtuna is really cute. Plus all of my friends' accounts, obviously!

What's your favourite quote?  

"What made her strong was, despite the million things that hurt her she spoke of nothing but happiness" Unknown

Is there one thing you'd like to confess?  

God, what haven't I confessed? There should be a show on "What Amanda hasn't told us" it would be one second long! I'm quite an open person and I wear my heart on my sleeve. I'm just dead honest, too honest for my own good and I definitely think with my heart and not my head. There's probably not much that everyone doesn't already know about me. If they don't know it, they should read my book!