Home' LOTL : Feb 13 Contents Lip Service actress Heather Peace is
just ‘having a doze’ when I call from
Australia , understandable given the time
difference, so as she struggles out of her slumber I
prime her with a few background questions before
we chat about her upcoming trip to the land down
under to showcase her new album and appear at
Mardi Gras’ Women Say Something event.
Peace, it seems comes from a family of drama
and music lovers; and culture and the arts have
always played a large role in her life.
“My grandfather in particular played piano and
violin and harmonica and my grandmother was
into amateur dramatics. But because they came
from Lithuania and left for the UK to get a better
life – my grandfather when I got into university
sa id ‘what are you going to study?’. I said ‘acting ’.
He just looked at me and turned away like it
was the worse thing ever,” she laughs. “I think
in my family it wasn’t a job – everybody did it –
you just didn’t do it as a job, that was ridiculous .
“Fortunately my mum was ver y different to my
grandfather – she was completely supportive. My
mum was an artist – so I think my grandfather was
probably equally unhappy with her career choice –
though I’ve never thought about it before.”
Acting wasn’t the only creative endeavor that
Heather was interested in pursuing , she also
embraced a love of music from a young age.
Heather’s earliest musical memor y was singing
in church. “I was a soloist – a Cantor – usually
they have them in the Jewish religion but in my
Catholic church it was the person that lead the
congregation, which I did from the ag e of ten. So I
liked going to church ‘cause I could sing ...”
Peace’s love affair with music has continued
to this day, severa l years ago she even released a
version of the Bette Midler classic, ‘ The Rose’
that went to number 56 on the UK charts – all
the while continuing with her acting career which
has seen her cast in many of the UK’s top dramas.
Of course it is her role in the Glaswegian lesbian
drama Lip Service that has brought her the most
fame and her now bulging lesbian fan base.
“It’s funny,” remarks Heather, “cause I ’ve been an
actor for sixteen years and I’ve done a lot of TV
and Lip Service got maybe one million viewers in
the UK , whereas something like London’s Burning
(another series Heather featured in) got 14 million
viewers ... yet Lip Service has given me so much
exposure. So you kind of go, it’s brilliant cause it’s
given me this huge international fan base... It’s a lso
made me come out and it’s also made my music
take off but it’s funny cause if you’re asking me
about my parents it’s probably the least thing we
would e ver discuss – ‘cause at the end of the day
we’re talking parents and children and sex and they
don’t go tog ether.”
As the series only out lesbian, Peace soon
became the go -to -girl in the press for any LGBTI
comment, something the actor never anticipated.
“I took the job and didn’t really think about it,”
she says. “People talk about me coming out – but
it was just more that I never really did inter views
before that. I think there’s a conscious choice you
make as an actor to either just be an actor or to be
a celebrity – and a lot of us just like to do our jobs.
“ What was difficult was I would be going to
inter views and it would suddenly be just about
me – and I don’t like doing that. It’s actually been
the most difficult part of the job...Suddenly they’re
interested in what my girlfriend does . And I wont
talk about it ‘cause I might have picked this - but
she certainly didn’t.”
Still, the notoriously private actor is not so
reticent in exposing her personality when it comes
to her music. Her recent album release, Fairytales is
at times a sombre affair and most often revealing .
Peace describes the album as a “total diar y” that
was written during “some of the darkest days” of
her life. Inde ed the star says she initially worried
where she would find inspiration for her next
album release. “Now I ’m writing the second
album – and I’m really happy at the moment –I ’m
not sure where I ’ll find the inspiration.” Perhaps
love will be her muse this time around?
Peace says she’s eager to g et out to Australia
and start playing her songs.
“I can’t wait – in the UK it kind of built up
from about 30 people at gigs to 1000s – but it’s
great to come to Australia, a countr y I love –
I’ve be en there four times - and this time I ’ll be
playing my music to people...”
No doubt she’s also looking for ward to Mardi
Gras ? “I came to Mardi Gras when I first came
out so I was either nineteen or twenty and I
stayed the month – though I missed the final
parade. I went to loads of theatre and gigs and the
pool par ty... I spent a month and fell in love with
Sydney. Imagine, you’re twenty years old and they
light the Opera House pink. It was incredible!”
Imagine inde ed...
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