Series 3 Cast Interviews
Laila Rouass

Laila Rouass

Plays
Amber Gates

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER.
I play Amber Gates, the wife of the new captain Conrad Gates.  She is a Bollywood actress but her career is not going too well.

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER?
Apart from the fact that we both have strong connections to India – no.

WOULD YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I don’t think I would dislike her.  She would certainly amuse me because she is so self-obsessed.  Amber doesn’t have many friends and so I do feel a bit sorry for her.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACESSORIES?
I love her style.  She’s an attention seeker so some of her clothes are quite wild and not what I would wear, but there are a few pieces in her collection that I love.

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
I loved the Neil Cunningham dress I wore for Shannon and Harley’s wedding and in one of the episodes we did a spoof OK magazine shoot and the dress I wore for that is fabulous too.

WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?   DO YOU CARE ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I love clothes and my mood dictates what I wear.  I love jeans but I also love dressing up too!

ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS? Oh yes lots!! Miu Miu, Gucci, Seven Jeans, Kookai, Serene Order which is a shop in Birmingham.  Raishma’s which has some gorgeous Indian outfits.

COSMETIC ENHANCEMENT FEATURES A GREAT DEAL IN THIS SERIES OF FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES.   COULD YOU EVER GO UNDER THE KNIFE?  IF SO WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE OR ENHANCE?  
At the moment I wouldn’t – but I don’t know – perhaps in the future when I’m a bit older.

DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED MORE NATURAL WAY OF KEEPING IN SHAPE OR CHANGING AN ASPECT OF YOUR APPEARANCE?
I love experimenting with different make up techniques and applications as it is amazing how different you can look.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIER FOOTBALLER’S SALARY OVERNIGHT – OR HAD ACCESS TO ONE, WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY? 
Oh a lovely pair of Jimmy Choo Shoes!”

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES? 
The Cast, the crew, the producers are all really supportive and I love the fact the characters are larger than life and all the fantastic clothes.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?  
I love watching movies.  

CAN YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?  IF SO HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED FOR A TEAM – AT WHAT LEVEL ETC? 
No sorry.. but luckily us wives don’t have to!

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I have lived in England, Morocco and India.

WHAT ROLE ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
People in this country tend to think of Hollyoaks but actually I’m better known for TV presenting in Asia.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
An Italian film called Senso Unico with the brilliant Lothaire Bluteau.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER JOB?
I used to wash dishes at my Mother’s catering company – but I’m afraid she sacked me because I was always late!

HAVE ANY OF YOUR FAMILY BEEN INVOLVED WITH PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL? 
My cousin who is ten is being trained at the moment by Real Madrid.