Amanda Keller is an Australian journalist, television presenter, radio host and a generally hilarious, smart and engaging host of Channel 10’s The Living Room.
Mamamia had a chat with her, and found out all about the women she admires, her TV habits, being an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy charity Save our Sons and her tip for who will win the
strange prestigious little gold man at the 2015 Logie Awards.
1. What’s the last book that you really, really enjoyed?
Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North. I don’t know if ‘enjoyed’ is the word I’d use, but it was one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. It was harrowing, beautiful and it’s still haunting me nearly a year later.
2. What’s the most surprising celebrity interview you’ve ever done and why?
We chatted recently to Rod Stewart on the phone from London and I was blown away by how self -effacing and charming he was. He was chatty and friendly, and very non-star like. He told us what his kids were up to, and it was one of those interviews where you hang up smiling. That’s often the way. The performers who’ve been around for a while understand that ‘life’ is more important than stardom.
3. Where do you go to relax?
My afternoon snooze is my haven. Even if I don’t sleep, just lying in bed in the arvo with a book and a cup of tea turns the monster into a coping human. There’s been many an afternoon when I’d pick the kids up after school with pillow creases on my face and bed hair. They got used to it.
4. Is there a TV show you’re totally addicted to right now? Do you binge watch?
Many of the huge shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad have passed me by because I go to bed early, and I never get around to catching up on the box sets. I rarely spend hours in front of the TV. But I’m loving Gogglebox at the moment. Not only is it a great way to cast your eye over shows you’ve missed, I get a great laugh from the comments from those lounge rooms. And I love how everyone watches telly with their sleeping dogs on their laps. Reminds me that mine needs a wash.