Series 4 Cast Interviews
Laila Rouass

Laila Rouass

Plays
Amber Gates

TELL US ABOUT AMBER IN THIS SERIES:
At the start of the series we find Amber pregnant and divorced. She really takes to motherhood using her mix of Buddhist and Hindu beliefs to get her through troubled times. This series Amber is just as feisty and passionate and determined to prove the truth...

REMIND US OF THE LAST TIME WE SAW AMBER AT THE END OF SERIES 3:
At the end of the last series Amber had just planted drugs in Tanya's bag and found out that she was pregnant. She insisted on staying at the Gates' house during her pregnancy although Tanya is now dating Conrad.

WHEN WE FIRST SEE YOU IN THIS SERIES BOTH AMBER AND TANYA ARE HEAVILY PREGNANT. TELL US ABOUT FILMING THESE SCENES; PRESUMABLY BOTH CHARACTERS ARE TOO POSH TO PUSH!
Amber is excited about having a baby and I think she surprises everyone by having a water birth. The scenes in the birth pool were difficult to film because I was in water all day. By the end of the shoot, the water had real baby pee in it, fake blood, Jam and shaving foam - needless to say I almost vomited!

WHAT DO YOU MOST LIKE ABOUT AMBER?
Amber is unpredictable and as far as she's concerned, always right. She's passionate and everything she does is big. I love her, she's a complete diva!

LAST YEAR YOU HAD SOME GREAT STORYLINES. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE?
I loved the time Amber went into the beauticians and changed over Tanya's tanning lotion. She dresses up in a wig and puts on a very bad Spanish accent. I thought it was funny, and of course when she kidnaps herself. It was great to shoot and I really enjoyed it.

WHAT IS IN STORE FOR AMBER IN THIS FOURTH SERIES?
There is so much going on in Amber's life in this series. She's desperate to prove that Tanya is a scheming bitch. She also launches her singing career and then gets into the idea of running Earls Park Football Club. So there's no stopping her!

ARE YOU STILL LIVING WITH BOTH TANYA AND CONRAD - WILL HE EVER GET TO TAKE YOU BACK?
Amber is still living with both Tanya and Conrad and she still has a few tricks up her sleeve...

ARE TANYA AND AMBER STILL AT EACH OTHERS THROATS IN THIS SERIES?
Yes they are, but it doesn't end in physical fights. It is bickering, but they both are desperate to have Conrad in their lives.

ANY MORE CAT FIGHTS?
Sorry no more cat fights - lots of bitching though.

AMBER WAS AN ACTRESS IN THE LAST SERIES BUT THIS YEAR SHE SEEMS TO BE TRYING HER HAND AT HAVING A MUSIC CAREER. TELL US A BIT ABOUT THIS STORYLINE AND WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO FILM?
I am really excited about Amber's singing career. Of course her music is terrible but she thinks it's great and shamelessly plugs whenever she can. The video was great to shoot. We gave her a more ethnic image and that's what Amber keeps banging on about. Bhangra Bhootie is her take on "East meets West".

WHAT DID YOU DO BETWEEN THE TWO SERIES?
I spent a lot of time in LA meeting people and enjoying the sun. I also spent two months in Syria and Lebanon filming a movie called "The Hunt Feast". I went directly to Barcelona to film a teen show called "I Dream" with Christopher Lloyd. So yes, I've been busy and really enjoyed it.

THE SHOW IS FAMOUS FOR THE COSTUMES AND GLAMOUR - DO YOU HAVE SOME GOOD OUTFITS TO WEAR IN THIS NEXT SERIES?
The outfits are really outrageous. Amber goes from wearing frilly mumsy type dresses when she's pregnant to ethnic outfits when she releases her tracks, to gold suits when she takes on a more business role at Earls Park. There are lots to look out for.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS?
I love Roberto Cavelli, Celine, Christian Lacroix. I can't live without my Rock and Republic jeans.

WOULD YOU EVER WEAR ANY OF AMBER'S OUTFITS? OR DID YOU BUY ANY AT THE END OF THE LAST SERIES?
There are definitely some outfits that will be going home with me at the end of the series!

HAVE YOU GOT YOUR EYE ON ANY OF HER OUTFITS FOR THIS SERIES?
The outfit Amber wears for the shooting party this series is one of my favourites.

HAS AMBER CHANGED AT ALL OR IS THERE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN THE DIRECTION SHE IS TAKING?
I think Amber will never change. She's over the top and a complete bunny boiler. But I love her just the way she is.

IF YOU COULD INVENT A STORYLINE TO DO WITH AMBER WHAT SITUATION WOULD YOU WRITE?
I would love to see a spin off of Amber and Tanya when they come head to head outside of Earls Park - that would be great fun.

HAVE YOU HAD A HOLIDAY THIS YEAR - IF SO WHERE DID YOU GO, WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
I didn't really have time for a holiday but I am hoping to go to India some time next year. It's one of my favourite places so I'm already very excited!

DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
I'm not big on football but I do support Arsenal.

DO PEOPLE ASSUME YOU HAVE A CONNECTION WITH THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL BECAUSE OF THIS ROLE?
Not at all. Everyone knows footballers' wives know nothing about football!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE EVER FOOTBALLERS' WIVES MOMENT?
I love the fight between Tanya and Amber in the player's lounge and I do still chuckle at Kyle and Chardonnay's wedding.

WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO DO AFTER FINISHING FILMING THE SERIES?
I'll be going straight onto a BBC drama called "Life isn't all Ha Ha Hee Hee". It is an adaptation of Meera Syal's book.

HAVE YOU ANY LONG TERM GOALS OR AMBITIONS FOR THE FUTURE?
I've got loads of goals and ambitions for the future but I'm keeping schtum for now!

ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD?
Go out and buy Amber's single, Bhangra Bhootie!