I'm A Celeb's Laura Whitmore Tells Us How To Take Down Massive Spiders And Get Out Of Awkward Situations
The Debrief: All the way from the Australian jungle, the presenter on having a famous dog, being tagged in weird pictures on Instagram and bonkers celeb interviewees
Right now, while you’re looking forward to heading home to your nice cosy home (unless your heating’s broken, in which case, HELLO), a bunch of people that you vaguely recognise off the telly are roughing it in the Australian jungle, all in the name of making more TV.
Laura Whitmore, presenter and model is currently presenting I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here. NOW! on ITV2. She speaks to us about spiders, snakes and feeling smug in her hotel while the celebs sleep in the jungle.
What’s the scariest thing you’ve seen since you’ve been in the jungle?
Joe Swash naked. Kidding! There was a huntsman spider outside my trailer this morning. I’m not a fan of spiders.
If you had to face down a massive spider or a massive snake which would you choose?
Definitely the snake! I’ve had a snake wrapped around me before just to test out how I’d cope and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I really don’t like spiders as they’re so quick and small and more likely to get into places you don’t want them.
What would be your method of outsmarting it?
I wouldn’t even try. The best thing you can do is stay calm. Getting panicky doesn’t help the situation.
Hopefully you get to stay in a nice hotel and not camp outside (if not you should have a word with ITV). Do you sometimes feel smug snuggling down in a bed while thinking about the celebs having to sleep in the jungle?
I have a lovely apartment by the beach beside where the other presenters stay. And yes, sometimes I feel a bit smug. Especially when I’m watching the live filming eating a chocolate brownie and they’re all starving. But then I don’t feel too sorry for them. This is the 15th year of the series, so people should know what to expect.
If you were properly roughing it in the jungle and we could send you a care package (we’re really nice people), what should we put in it?
Yes, you are so lovely, thank you! I would like coconut oil (this is practical as it makes food taste good and is great for your skin). Oh and I’d really like my iPhone. Mainly for my music as I don’t think I'd survive without music. And maybe I could use it to order takeaway – the delivery charge may be a lot though!
Will you pay for the postage and packaging though because it is the end of the month and we spent all our money on food and/or drinks that we shouldn’t have eaten and/or drunk?
That’s a bit cheeky, but OK go on then! Do you take dingo dollars?
If you’re going to spend money on something outrageous (because we get paid on Monday and let’s not pretend we’ve learned any lessons), what should you always splurge on?
Shoes! I’m an accessories kind of girl. Shoes, bags and bling. They last longer. Oh and fancy underwear makes you feel a million dollars, even if no one sees it.
When you’re back in England, you’re excellent at being out and about.We’re terrible at leaving the house – especially now it’s winter. How do you motivate yourself to go out if really you just want to sit at home and watch all of Netflix?
I much prefer to stay in and watch Netflix to be honest, and throw in a tub of Ben and Jerry’s ,too. My motivation is it's probably work, a DJ gig or covering a red carpet. And that pays the bills for the shoes, which is good motivation.
What is your most excellent line for getting yourself out of a conversation you don’t want to be having?
Is that my phone ringing?
On a scale of one to ten, how excellent is your dog Mick Jagger? If he had to show off his best skill what would it be?
Amp it up to 11! He was once in a waggiest tail competition. He’s got a very waggy tail!
Who’s looking after Mick Jagger while you’re away?
He’s with my mam back in Ireland. He got his pet passport and took the ferry back with her and will be there until Christmas. I really miss him, but we’ll have fun in Ireland at Christmas. I’ve lots of little cousins and a three-year-old godson he’s been playing with.
Does Mick Jagger the human know about Mick Jagger the dog and do you think you’ll have to give him to him if they ever meet?
Not yet. Though I feel Mick the dog has had as many selfies as the other Mick. He’s very popular!
What’s the weirdest picture you’ve ever been tagged in on Instagram?
Oh there’s been quite a few. Some best not to think of.
Who’s the most bonkers celebrity you’ve ever had to interview?
Ha ha, there’s been a few of those too. I’ve interviewed everyone from Britney Spears to Ozzy Osbourne to Gilliam McKeith!
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