TV guide: Latin Lust

2010-11-05 12:29

Which are your favourite songs from nominees and EMA performers?

I’m really excited to see Katy Perry, Shakira never disappoints, and I love Kings of Leon and Linkin Park.

What was the first album you ever bought?

It was Metallica. I must have been about 12 and I was really into heavy metal at that stage, great to swing your hair to.

What are the top tunes on your iPod?

My favourite song is Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Isreal “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole, the Hawaiian singer. But when it comes to music I’m essentially a total 80s freak. When I’m on a photo shoot or when I’m working I like to listen to 80s music and reminisce. It was really an amazing time for music and there were so many one-hit wonders then like Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners – that was a good song. Cyndi Lauper is another favourite.

Whose poster did you have on your wall when you were a teenage girl?

It was Ricky Martin – well, actually, it was Menudo, the Puerto Rican boy band that was originally formed in the 1970s. It became the most popular Latin American teen musical group of the era and Ricky Martin was in it.

Have you ever been starstruck?

Yes, the first time my husband Tony and I went on Oprah. That was a big deal for us here in America. It was a case of: ‘Oh my God, it’s Oprah!’ That’s probably one of the highlights of my life.

What are you going to wear to host the EMAs?

I’ll be wearing several outfits, of course. In fact I’ll probably make six to eight changes. Music awards are always pushing the limits of fashion so anything goes, especially at the MTV EMAs – and I’m excited to go there.

Are you nervous about hosting the event?

Of course. Any time I have to play myself it is nerve-wracking.

What is the future for you and Desperate Housewives?

We’re in our last year, season seven and negotiating for number eight.

As the series has gone on, has filming the love scenes got any easier for you?

No! I hate the love scenes, I hate the kissing. I think kissing is way more intimate than anything else. Filming the intimate bits makes me gross out. It just doesn’t get any easier, especially if, like my character Gabrielle, you’re constantly changing partners.

What’s next for you?

I have three movies coming out next year including the comedy Without Men with Christian Slater.

» The EMAs will air live in South Africa on MTV tonight at 9pm and be screened on MTVBase tomorrow at 10pm

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