For the past two days we’ve been watching gripping previews of Chrissie Swan’s exclusive interview with Tracey Grimshaw on A Current Affair on our TV screens.
The emotional still images of Chrissie in tears while opening up to a phenomenal Australian interviewer, will no doubt mean a rating bonanza for tonight’s episode.
And we can tell you this right now: the revealing interview didn’t disappoint.
For those of us who have followed Chrissie’s career closely, been affected by her joyous sense of humour, cheered on her triumphs, and wanted to give her a giant bear hug whenever she’s been caught in a media storm; tonight was pretty damn illuminating.
It can’t be easy discussing your flaws and personal insecurities on national television; exposing yourself so that others can feel comforted by your honesty and humanity. But Chrissie Swan did just that. Opening up about her family, career and those smoking images, nothing was off limits in Chrissie’s 15-minute chat with host Tracey Grimshaw. Nothing.
If you missed the show tonight, here are the seven most compelling moments:
1. On her radio show and people saying it wouldn’t succeed.
“I said this will be a number one show I reckon and then everybody said no… that two girls can’t do it, we just wouldn’t get the numbers because we’re two women and I sort of believed that then over time.
“I thought ok maybe they know what they’re talking about that women can’t do it. So when we did do it I was really surprised really surprised.”
2. On her ambition to succeed.
“I’ve never wanted to win, like I think I never, I am driven by fun really and the most fun I can have is where I’m interested.”
3. On finding her partner, Chris and how his life has changed because of her public one.
“I completely ruined his life, so quickly…. he was such a quiet, lovely quiet guy. You know he was busy saving for a deposit for a house, living with his parents and then he met me.”
“I’m still not married but I do have children … I didn’t think that was on the agenda for me. I think I’m an acquired taste and I respect people’s opinions not to want to come on the ride”.
“I never really felt like a normal person, I never felt like a normal girl. I was always bigger and louder and laugh all the time and I don’t know I felt guys didn’t really dig that.”
4. On her much-talked-about weight.
“On a day-to-day normal basis I don’t even think about it. I mean obviously I’m a bigger person but I spend approximately zero minutes a day thinking about it… people are fascinated by a fat woman on television I don’t know why it’s interesting.
“A lot of people say oh you know you’re so brave and I say why? Because I exist [and] I have the audacity to be on television?”