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Interview - Rachel Grant
18th November 2003
MI6 had the chance to catch up with Rachel Grant. The multitalented
actress took half an hour out of her busy schedule to chat to
us. In this interview we talk about her career and involvement
on the latest Bond film "Die Another Day" one year on...
Above: Rachel Grant in a Bond
"Die Another Day" Special
Massaging A Deal
From The Beginning...
What was your first modeling assignment?
It was for the Warehouse clothes.
What was your first acting role?
I was 4 years old and I played a leaf in Little Red Riding
Hood! It was my first time on stage.
What lead you from Modeling to Acting?
I was acting first and always! I was never an MTA. Modeling
was and is 3 or 4 times a year in my spare time. I wouldnt
even call myself a real professional with modeling.
acting has led me to do modeling because acting work is
so few and far between.
How long did you have to wait for your break as an actress?
I had to wait 7 years from when I came to London (when I
was 16) before I got a regular TV gig.
Is there a particular Actor/Actress who has inspired
Audrey, Marilyn and Julie Andrews were big favourites of
mine while I was growing up.
Are you the only sister who is pursuing a career in the entertainment
I have an elder sister who has been a ballet dancer and is now
a teacher. She also has a very successful modeling career and
in various magazines including Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Her appearance
in half a dozen TV adverts in the Far East in the last 3 years
has made her one of the Philippines top models.
Rebecca, the younger sister, is currently appearing in the hit
Lloyd Webber show Bombay Dreams. She began as one of the ensemble
but is now playing the part of Munni. Rebecca has also appeared
as a dancer in the Operas Carmen and Aida at The Royal Albert
A Little Of This And That...
With such a diverse acting resume, is there any genre
you with to pursue?
I eventually would like to work on serious film dramas.
I do enjoy action and horror and find my career taking this
route. I love it!
What film/TV programme have you personal enjoyed making?
I thoroughly enjoyed creating and playing Nina the
horror hostess off Sci-Fright from Sci-fi Channel. She probably
is my favourite to date.
You currently filming The Purifiers when
will this film be out, can you tell us a little more
I completed a role in The Purifiers mid summer which is
due for release spring/summer 2004. The Purifiers is directed
by Richard Jobson who produced the series of short films
called Tube Tales which were directed by well known actors
like Jude Law and Ewen McGregor. He was once lead singer
of the successful band The Skids. He is extremely talented.
I play a character called Li in what is arguably the first
British martial arts film. Li is a Purifier and gets to
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Above: Rachel Grant
What are your future feature film plans?
British TV seems to be on the agenda at the moment. I am being
seen for one or two movie parts but decent auditions here
almost non existent and its very disappointing. So I plan
to move to L.A. shortly.
Peaceful Fountains of Desire...oh!
Can you remember at what stage you were cast for the role
It was the end of February 2002.
How was working opposite the leading Bond of the time
Absolutely fabulous, the experience was the best!
Who has been your favourite Bond?
I like Sean, Roger and Pierce all are good in
different ways. To stay at the job and do a few is something.
After appearing as a bond girl what opportunity resulted
from your exposure?
I havent really stopped working since "Die Another
Day". In most cases I still have to audition but production
companies know if they hire me for a gig, press is relatively
easy to get. My interviews always read as Rachel
Grant Bond Girl
. and its almost like
having an abbreviated degree after your name. Its
funny and quite remarkable the power of Bond.
After your role in "Die Another Day", do
you feel like a member of the Bond family?
Yeah, more so than I did at the time. It grows on
you I guess...
We promoted your début single, how successful was
I think we sold nearly all the records and it was merely a warm
up/introduction tune for a bigger single which unfortunately I
have not finished and I missed my deadline. I have had interest
from quite a few record labels but time is the issue at the moment
and I am not prepared to stop or cut down my acting time to do
Did you enjoy making the single?
It was ok, fun. I enjoy writing lyrics.
Will we be seeing a follow Single/Album?
Supposedly but as I said I need more time to promote and to work
more on it.
Many thanks to Rachel Grant and her forthcoming
feature "The Purifers".
Name: Rachel Grant
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