The 34-year-old beauty may have shot into the limelight as a member of S Club 7 in 1999 but she has admitted her passion for music has taken a backseat over the past few years and she now sees herself as an actress rather than a singer. Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, she said: ”I just love acting. It’s what I was about really. I used to do a lot of theatre and when I was 13, I did a lot of National Youth Theatre shows, so obviously with that I was doing a lot of singing, acting and dancing. To be honest, when I was younger, I probably wanted to be a singer. But I think over time, I kind of grew to love acting more. And now I definitely love it more because I’ve learnt more about it and it’s more my thing now.” The blonde beauty recently landed a gig in the medical drama ‘Casualty’ as penniless drug addict Mercedes Christie and is currently residing in Wales while she shoots scenes. She said of her schedule: ”I’ve moved up to Wales – I’m in a hotel. And then I go back at weekends. I’ve been up in Wales since last November. It’s quite nice because I’ve never been to Cardiff before. I seem to get lucky in the schedule so I seem to get a long weekend, which is really nice.”
We have made it to the final of our 3rd Annual Battle of the Songs and it looks likes it’s gonna be an epic battle of previous winners. Will Show Me Your Colours hold on to last years crown or will Don’t Stop Movin reclaim the title? On week from now, we will have our answer. Get voting!
CASUALTY actress and former S Club 7 singer Hannah Spearritt, 34, shares her beauty tips.
– Which beauty products do you swear by?
I love La Roche-Posay Tinted BB Cream with SPF 50 – it’s a great all-in-one product and the SPF is really good for my fair skin. It’s quick to apply and gives me a nice glow.
– What’s your best beauty tip?
Right now, given my long filming days, getting a decent night’s sleep is vital. You can’t underestimate how important sleep is.
– Which women do you consider beautiful?
There are so many beautiful women, but Mila Kunis is stunning. She’s got an exotic, sexy, smouldering look without looking like she’s trying too hard.
– What’s your signature fragrance?
I’ve just run out of my favourite Jo Malone Amber & Lavender perfume – it’s quite an unusual combination of scents, but I like musky, masculine smells. And when I came back from Rome recently, I bought YSL Black Opium at the airport – the bottle seduced me!
– How do you like to pamper yourself?
As I’m away filming during the week, just being at home and having a relaxing bath is bliss. I have a great selection of smellies at home. Sometimes, I might treat myself to a massage, too.
– Do you diet?
Not per se, but I have cut out sugar – it was really hard initially, but I knew I was better off without it, given the highs and the lows eating it gave me. My energy levels are a lot steadier now. To satisfy any cravings, I eat Vivani organic chocolate which is 92 per cent cacao with coconut blossom nectar.
– How do you stay in shape?
I’m a big yoga fan, especially Bikram. Luckily I have found a studio near where I stay during the week, which is vital because at the end of a long day, you need something close by.
– If you could change one part of your body, what would it be?
I would give myself thicker, fuller hair. I use a product called XXL Volume by Batiste, which gives me more volume, though.
– Do you have a style icon?
I love Sienna Miller – she always looks effortlessly chic, no matter what she wears.
– How would you describe your style?
Comfort is key. I love tracksuit bottoms and hoodies. I also love my Doc Martens, ripped jeans and my trusty leather jacket.
– Do you have a favourite shop or designer?
My leather jacket is from All Saints – they’re a bit more edgy than most high street stores. I do prefer vintage stores, though, because I know I’m going to get unique items. I’m not really a fan of designer clothes. I just can’t justify spending so much money.
– What’s your all-time favourite outfit?
A 60s dress with pink polka dots – it only cost me a fiver!
– Any fashion disasters?
Oh, I’ve worn some shockers. Looking back now, I really hate the outfits I wore in the S Club 7 videos.
Rachel Stevens talks about being a strong role model, juggling work and motherhood and what ‘sexy’ means to her in an exclusive interview for the March issue of Essentials magazine.
| 03 | Essential March 2016 / David Venni (Rachel – Photoshoot / Scans)
Rachel on perfection…
It’s easy to worry about being the perfect parent. I do it all the time. But it’s scary to think that you are responsible for this child’s everything. How do you help them become balanced people and be happy? I’m a perfectionist, but I’ve learned that you just can’t be perfect as a parent.
On being a good role model…
Be kind, but be strong – that’s how I try to be and that’s what I tell the girls. I really want to be a good role model for them and I think the most important thing is to make them believe in themselves. I’ve had times when I haven’t believed in myself and times where I have – you can achieve more when you do. I think if you have confidence in yourself you really can do anything.
On juggling work and motherhood…
Being a working mum is like one big juggling act. Some days I feel I’ve got it sorted, but often it feels like chaos. But I’m lucky that I get to do a job that I really love. I think it’s important to have something for yourself and I like going out to work. I’ve always been ambitious and that hasn’t changed. Last year, I was rehearsing for a new S Club 7 tour while flying out to Ireland every few days for The Voice. At the same time, I was still trying to be a mum for the girls. It was brilliant, but very full on.
On her pop idol…
Kylie Minogue has always been my idol. My mum still reminds me of the time when I was ten and went to one of her concerts. I was in awe of her dancing and singing, and I said to my mum, ‘I’m going to do that one day’. It was a dream that found me. I still admire Kylie for her longevity; she’s amazing, so professional. She works really hard and I remain a huge fan. I’ve only met her once and I was totally star struck.
On being a sex symbol…
I have never been overtly sexual. Too much flesh on show is overload. I am either bottoms out, top covered or top out, legs covered. Too much is too much; no one needs to see that. Most of the time I don’t feel all that sexy, although I will dine out on being FHM’s Sexiest Woman Of All Time until I’m 100.
To read the full interview with Rachel, pick up the latest issue of Essentials on sale now.
DailyMail also covered part of the mag interview…
She faced a backlash when she was photographed leaving her two young children in the car for 10 minutes as she dashed to the shops back in September. But Rachel Stevens has ferociously hit back, insisting she would never put her daughters – Amelie, four, and Minnie, 21 months, – in danger in a new interview with Essentials magazine. The former S Club 7 singer said: ‘I found it hard when I was criticised for running out of my car to run an errand while the girls were still in it.’ The 37-year-old added: ‘Parenting is always going to split judgement and you never have all the answers. I would never do anything to intentionally harm my girls; they are my life. ‘Whatever you do as a parent, you will be judged by other people. You can only do your best.’ Rachel went on to admit she worries about being the perfect parent ‘all the time’ but she’s learned to draw the line at self-criticising. Rachel was pictured leaving her two girls unattended for around 10 minutes in her car – which was parked on a north London high street – as she ran errands back in September. Parents were quick to blast her on social media but she also received a fair share of support for the mishap. Supernanny’s Jo Frost condemned the mother-of-two’s decision as ‘not a smart one’ but slammed those publicly shaming her. The Channel 4 star tweeted at the time: ‘I’m sure @MsRachelStevens is now aware that her parenting choice was not a smart one but… truly so fed up with celebs being publicly shamed. ‘It’s the tone of this public parenting police I don’t like. Stones and glass houses. Let’s teach love and educate.’ Rachel – who once graced the pages of lads’ mags at the height of her pop career – also discussed the ‘sex symbol’ label that’s so often attached to her as she insisted she doesn’t see herself as one. ‘Most of the time I don’t feel all that sexy, although I will dine out on being FHM’s Sexiest Woman Of All Time until I’m 100,’ she finished.
He’s undeniably pop royalty. That’s right, the guy you’ve all been waiting for is finally coming to Moz tonight. He found time in his undoubtedly busy schedule to make this VT for the nice people of Mosaic… If his liquid chat doesn’t entice you to come along and reach for this fading star, I don’t know what will.
Unfortunately, it’s not available to view in the US.