Interview: Jackie Collins (OK! Magazine: First For Celebrity News)
Jackie Collins on her racy new book, her advice to Prince Harry and her latest man for all seasons…
FORGET Fifty Shades Of Grey – Jackie Collins is 50 shades of fab!
The original and still the best queen of the sexy, smutty, salacious potboiler, author Jackie has been titillating her audiences since EL James was munching on parma violets in pigtails and popsocks!
As effortlessly cool and kickass as her most famous heroine, Lucky Santangelo, Jackie is set to show the recent crop of ‘mummy porn’ flash-in-the-pan authors how a real chick-lit legend does it with her latest novel, The Power Trip. Featuring a Russian billionaire and his sexy supermodel girlfriend, a Latin singing sensation with a secret boyfriend, and a handsome movie star and his waitress girlfriend, a holiday of a lifetime on a luxury yacht turns into a trip from hell. As with all Jackie’s novels, Tinseltown’s most famous are bound to be nervously squirrelling away a copy to see if their life story appears within the pages.
Here the ever-gorgeous, evergreen Jackie, 74, spills the beans on the latest Hollywood scandals, tells us about her new man in her life and reveals the last time the earth moved for her…
How are things in Los Angeles, Jackie?
It’s beautiful sunshine but we had a couple of earthquakes last week, right under my house in Beverly Hills.
The house was shaking and the pictures were falling down. Nobody seems to care, though, because it’s Beverly Hills. It was a little unnerving.
We love The Power Trip…
I had a great deal of fun writing it and I want people to feel like they are on the journey with me – on this fantastic superyacht, eating lobster and crab and caviar, going to the sun-drenched islands and feeling the heat.
We are dying to know who you have based the characters on. The handsome movie star and his waitress girlfriend must be George Clooney…
Well it might be a little bit of George, it might be a little bit of Ryan Gosling, and Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper. It’s a mix!
George is known for being partial to a waitress, isn’t he…[Shrieks with laughter] My lips are sealed. My character has the essence of George Clooney.
If you want to picture George when you are reading it, I’m sure you will enjoy it – it’s always nice to picture George.
He’s charming and self-deprecating, a very nice man.
The gay Latin singing sensation must be Ricky Martin…
You’re good at this, aren’t you?[Giggles] Except my hero is a blond Latin god who has been married and has a child.
Shades of Ricky definitely. It could be a lot of Latin singers…
Now the Russian billionaire with his model girlfriend – Vladimir Doronin and Naomi Campbell? Or is it Roman Abramovich?
It’s a combination.
I look at someone and I get the essence of that person and then I don’t write their story.
If I did that it would be really boring, because you would know what was going to happen next. After the fall of the Soviet Union, there were so many of those Russian billionaires who sprung up.
Some of them are building superyachts which make my yacht look positively simple.
The women have turned into real beauties now.
They used to be short and fat but now they are tall and gorgeous and fabulous.
Russian and Brazilian women, they are the most beautiful and the most prized by these billionaires.
They like a nice piece of arm candy.
What did you think of the Kristen Stewart affair?
Nobody is perfect.
She was rather foolish because she knows that she will be followed by paparazzi, so I don’t know why she is going to be necking with this guy in public.
I had lunch the other day with Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards and we went to Mr Chow in Beverly Hills.
We said goodbye and went our separate ways and there was not a photographer in sight.
The next day there were pictures of us all over the Internet.
I don’t know where he was hiding but neither of us spotted him. If you are out on the street, you are probably being watched.
What did you think about the naked pictures of Prince Harry in Las Vegas?
Well everybody loves him here.
They think it was the funniest thing ever.
It was great. I mean he was a little stupid not to get rid of the cameras before he took off his clothes, but I think it made him very human and likeable and he became even more popular here.
What did the English press say?
Some sections of the media weren’t too impressed…[Shrieks] Well of course they weren’t! He’s now sitting in a helicopter over Afghanistan.
The kid deserves to go out and have fun. Just next time, be more careful about the cameras.
His mother, the late Princess Diana, clearly raised him to be normal…
I think she would be saying: ‘Good on you, son.’ I heard that Charles wasn’t too upset by it, but was saying: ‘Just don’t do it again!’ And smiling while he said it.
Are you a big fan of the Duchess of Cambridge?
I think she is great. Quite incredible. She has brought a breath of fresh air to the monarchy. She’s very down to earth and beautiful. She seems very nice.
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
Well of course Angelina Jolie.
And what about Joan?
That’s a very good question.
How about Jennifer Aniston?[Laughs] I don’t think she’s quite that type. Maybe Teri Hatcher.
You once said you have a man for all seasons – who is your Mr Autumn?
Well fortunately he is in Paris, because I don’t like them to be in such close proximity! It’s much more exciting when they visit or if I visit them.
Is he a Frenchman?
Yes he is. There is something about Frenchmen which is kind of nice. It is romantic because of the accent.
I love it when they talk English. And I can go and visit the Paris flea market while I am there.
What do you think of Fifty Shades Of Grey?
I think it’s great that a woman can sell so many books and bring people back into the book stores.
But I’m a little startled that people are finally discovering sex when I’ve been writing about graphic sex for years! [Laughs]
The author has gone for the submissive edge of sex. Does that interest you?
I think it’s been done many times before. Good for her for selling so many books – but I prefer my kick-ass heroines!