Lulu McClatchy is a star performer. From an early age it was clear that her calling was a life of performing and her career has been impressive. From Ramsey Street to an Elton John World Tour... she has mixed n' mingled with superstars, had her very own British sit-com and starred alongside Rebel Wilson in Bogan Pride. Lulu McClatchy is an absolute all rounder and her talent is unquestionable. Right now you can see her on the big screen in The Sunset Six and support her upcoming project The Happiness, The Heartache.Michelle McClatchy, Arna Pletes & Lulu.
Lulu recently gave me the honour is asking her a series of questions and if she lives up to her awesomeness, she will let me visit with her again for a follow-up article. If you don't know her yet, click some of the links below and you will discover one of Australia's most outstanding and versatile personalities.
What were some of your favourite films as a kid?
I always loved Gone With The Wind and used to watch it whenever I was sick at home from school. Lots of Classics really, and comedies, Dumb and Dumber and Wayne’s World.
Were your family performers?
My sister is an actress as well and my grandfather used to perform for the troops in the war but mum and dad aren’t in the business at all.
At what age did it hit you that you wanted to pursue a life in show business?
I came out with Jazz hands really, I have wanted to perform since I could talk. At age 5 I said I wanted to be a movie star or a stripper, not sure how I knew about the latter!
Who inspired you in the early days?
I always loved Shirley Temple movies and was into British comedies early like the Young Ones and French & Saunders.
What was your first gig?
I had a role in Carson’s Law for Grundy’s when I was 9 years old.
You came to prominence with SuperGirly. Can you explain to my readers what this is?
SuperGirly is a character I developed when I moved to the UK in 1997. She’s a delusional wannabe pop star and a compulsive liar. And she sings comedy Parodies of pop songs. I ended up doing a lot of celebrity parties and it took off from there.
SuperGirly became a hit in the UK where you scored your own sitcom and a supporting spot on Elton John's 2002 tour. How did both of these come about?
My own sitcom came about because I did a season at the Guilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival and someone from the BBC came and offered a sitcom to me, I wasn’t going to say no! And David Furnish, Elton’s husband, had come to a gig of mine in the West End and asked if I would perform at their house for the White Tiara Ball, this lead to a few more parties for them and performing at the opening of the Lion King in the West End. Then when Elton was touring Australia they told him he had to have an Aussie support act so he asked me and I jumped at the chance.
How did this success affect you personally and creatively?
It escalated my career in the UK and meant that I was offered quite a few gigs and could afford to pick and choose a bit more. It was extremely demanding to keep writing fresh material. It also meant I had a lot less spare time!
Do you still perform SuperGirly?
I occasionally do a SuperGirly gig but I was so known as that character that when I came back to Australia and no one really knew about any of that I had the opportunity to branch out onto other areas, so that’s what I’ve been doing.
You appeared in teen girly-com Aquamarine. How was your experience working for a big studio (FOX)?
It was awesome, they are usually pretty much Australian crews, so everyone is extremely hard working but with a bigger budget, they know how to look after you!
Emma Roberts, Lulu & Joanna Levesque.
I have a 14-year-old daughter and so, I confess, I have seen the film more times than I should have. Surprisingly it's packed with great Aussie talent. Claudia Karvan, Bruce Spence, Roy Billing and Shaun Micallef to name some... working amongst peers like this must have been fantastic. Was it an enjoyable film to make?
It was a fabulous film to be a part of, most of the time I stayed in Burleigh Heads and had plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings as well as have a laugh on set. I mainly worked with Bruce Spence and Roy Billing. We laughed all day, everyday. A really great group of people and one of my favourite jobs.
Who's American accent was better? Yours or Shaun's?
I didn’t actually have any scenes with Shaun unfortunately. I wish I had he’s one of my favourite Aussie comedians.
Emma Roberts starred in that film and she has gone onto big things. Did she dish any dirt on her famous family? Any scoops you can offer FakeShemp.Net?
This was pretty early in Emma’s career, she was very sweet, and normal I’m pleased to say! She had her mum and little sister Gracie with her who was 5 and my daughter was there also, who was 2 at the time, so they played together. No dirt other than the two of them getting too much sand on them.
Let me congratulate you on a stellar performance in Bogan Pride. Was Aunt Cassandra written with you in mind?
Thank you! I LOVED Bogan Pride, it was definitely a highlight and I still can’t believe I got to play such a fun, yet wrong character. It was written by Rebel Wilson and based on her aunt. Rebel was originally going to play the part of the Aunt, but decided to play Jenny. I’m grateful she made that decision.
Lulu & Rebel Wilson
Were there ever any plans for a second series?
There were talks of a second series which would have been amazing, but I think Rebel had already planned to head to the USA, which was a great choice for her.
I've been hearing & reading a lot about your upcoming project The Happiness, The Heartache. What’s this all about?
The Happiness, The Heartache is a serial soap opera based on shows like The Bold and Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless, but it’s funny. We will be performing it seriously but its set in the late 80’s so the costumes, characters and storylines are hilarious.
How long as the concept been bouncing around your head for?
I did a stage version of it in 1996 and since then let it rest, but I have re-written it and I am doing this TV pilot as a dedication to Ronn Moss who has just left the Bold and the Beautiful after 25 years.
It boasts an impressive cast, including Lawrence Mooney. His new live show on ABC is fantastic. Good timing or what?
It’s fabulous Lawrence has finally got his own show; he is a very funny guy and a great actor, which not a lot of people know about him. He was actually in the original version we did in 1996 and he was awesome so I am excited he is doing it again now.
I'll give you this opportunity to spruik the shit out of the show. What would you like people to know?
The reason we are crowd funding is because we need to film an episode so we can then pitch it to the networks. I have heard a lot of people complaining about the lack of Australian comedies on TV so I figured I would give the public an opportunity to help me fix that problem! You can read more about the show, watch a funny video, and contribute right here!
If you can’t donate just sharing the link with everyone you know helps. We really only need about 2500 people to give $25 each. And we have fabulous perks you can get too including t-shirts, DVD’s and walk on roles so check it out.
You have a such a bright & bubbly personality with a sparkle in your eyes... but do you, however, enjoy some darker pleasures? What are some of your favourite non-comedy/musical films?
I am a huge thriller fan. I love ‘Copycat’, ‘Stir of Echoes’, ‘ Sleeping with the Enemy’. Anything that gets the heart pumping. I will always choose to see a horror, thriller or action film before a comedy. I think it’s because I spend so much time with comedy, it’s my release. And I love a movie that keeps you guessing. Catfish was fabulous too.
Do you have a favourite film?
I don’t just have one. I love The Hangover, What Lies Beneath, Gone With the Wind (Still) and love a fantasy film too like Red Riding Hood. Too many to name.
If there was one character in history you could own, who would it be?
Probably Dorothy Gale. That character is so known throughout the world and every generation still gets to know her. The Wizard of Oz still hasn’t dated. It’s as good as it ever was.
Do you have any other upcoming project?
I’m in a film out at the Nova Cinema at the moment, which is a comedy, called The Sunset Six. It’s about a band and I play the drummer, it’s a low budget indie film but we had great fun making it and Kristin Holland from The Happiness, The Heartache is in it too. Apparently it got more stars in the age than the Great Gatsby, so I’m happy with that!
Lulu, thank you so much for your time. I'll be rooting twice as hard for The Happiness, The Heartache.
Thanks Glenn!! =)