TV presenter Alison Hammond, 37, rose to fame on Big Brother in 2002. Since then she’s appeared on a host of reality shows before landing her dream job on ITV’s This Morning. She lives in Birmingham with her seven-year-old son Aidan.
What’s the best thing about your job on This Morning?
I love the fact that no two days are the same. I get lots of different things to do and I get to travel abroad. My favourite thing is the fact that I never know what’s coming next. I haven’t got a clue! And everyone gets on well on the show, they’re all so special and unique.
Who’s been your most memorable interviewee?
Definitely Hugh Jackman – I absolutely love him. The last time I interviewed him, he sang ‘Save the best ‘til last’ as I came through the door – it wasn’t on camera, it was just our personal moment. Imagine Hugh Jackman singing in your face! It’s my happy place.
Is he the sexiest celeb you’ve interviewed?
He’s up there – I’ve interviewed quite a few sexy guys! I’ve been very blessed. Will Smith is definitely up there, and Matt Damon…and I’ve got the National Television Awards coming up, so there will be a load of hotties there too!
Which celeb has surprised you the most?
Renée Zellweger was very down-to-earth. She was filming Bridget Jones when I first met her, and I was pregnant with my son at the time. The next time I saw her, she asked me about my baby and how it had all gone. It’s very touching when someone remembers details about you. She’s just a nice, genuine person.
Did you have TV hopes when you were younger?
I did, actually. When I was a kid my mum enrolled me in a television workshop for kids aged 11-16. She wanted to get me doing something like that so I wasn’t out on the streets. I did three auditions and got in. A lot of TV parts came from that, like Palace Hill and Boone, so I was more into acting at first. I never, ever dreamt of being a presenter.
What are your hopes for your career this year?
I’m thinking of doing some comedy writing, because I think I’m quite funny. I’ve come up with some really good ideas but I need a bit of help putting it all together. It would be really good fun. Someone that’s inspired me is Miranda Hart. I’d love to do a comedy sitcom or something like that.
Would you ever do another reality show?
I’d love to go on Strictly. I absolutely love it, I really enjoyed watching it this year. I keep putting it out there and they’re not getting the hint! I don’t think it’s going to happen.
How did going on Big Brother change things for you?
It definitely changed my life. I made some lovely friends on Big Brother and it changed my career path. I’m very grateful for that, as I love what I’m doing at the moment. I don’t think it’s changed me as a person, though. I’ve got the same life as I did before, I’ve just got another life on the side, which is good fun too!
Do you have any ambitions for the future?
It sounds corny, but I just want to be a good mum for my son. I’m quite busy these days so I can’t be with him all the time. I want him to grow up and say, ‘My mum was really, really amazing.’ I’d like him to be proud of me – that would be a big achievement. I’d be devastated if one day he said, ‘My mum wasn’t there for me.’ Apart from that I love my job, so I’d like to just keep ticking on really. I only work two or three days a week, which suits me quite well. I’ve got the best of both worlds – I feel very lucky.
Catch Alison on This Morning on ITV1, weekdays from 10:30am.
Alison poses on the new This Morning sofa from DFS. DFS, the nation’s leading sofa manufacturer and retailer, has given the This Morning set a sofa makeover. The DFS in-house design team created a bespoke design for the popular daytime programme, which was then handmade by DFS’ expert craftsmen and women here in the UK. The sofa made it’s on screen debut last week and will feature on the show throughout 2013. Check out DFS’ huge range of handmade sofas at DFS.co.uk