Series 5 Cast Interviews
Chucky Venice

Chucky Venice

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Tremaine Gidigbi

TELL US A BIT ABOUT TREMAINE:
Tre is a conscious, black, pro-activist. He is a top-draw mid-fielder bought by Earls Park Football Club. He is honourable, loyal, protective, opinionated and outspoken. He is a natural leader. He is fashion conscious and somewhat flash, especially with jewellery and fast cars.

IF YOU COULD SUM TRE UP IN THREE WORDS WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Loyal, leader, outspoken.

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND TRE?
Tre and I are both very passionate, we strive to be winners and we are both fashion conscious.

WHAT ARE THE KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOU AND TRE?
Tre is quite naive and rather gullible and I like to think I'm not! He also has an incessant hunger for bling jewellery!

WHAT THREE WORDS DESCRIBE YOU BEST?
Passionate, social, opinionated.

WOULD YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE TRE IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I warm to people who are 'real' in terms of personality. I'm good at spotting people who are false. I am fairly certain Tre and I would get on quite well if we were to meet.

TREMAINE AND LIBERTY HAVE AN INTERESTING RELATIONSHIP. WHAT IS THIS LIKE TO PLAY?
The key word is interesting! It requires a lot of affection, petting and intimacy as well as arguments and disagreements. At times the "Tre & Liberty" role can be taxing but rewarding none the less.

DO YOU AND PHINA GET ON WELL?
Phina is my 'Yang'. We're like brother and sister. We both have the same drives and both want the same things from life and from ourselves - we get on very well.

TREMAINE COMES ACROSS AS BEING A VERY PROTECTIVE BOYFRIEND - DO YOU SYMPATHISE WITH HIM AND UNDERSTAND WHY HE IS LIKE HE IS?
I completely understand why Tre is that protective. Liberty is beautiful, she's a model and ogled by admirers (male and female!). It's hard for a man to deal with a situation like that without being defensive, protective and sometimes jealous.

WHY DO YOU THINK LIBERTY STAYS WITH HIM?
I think Liberty stays with Tre because she loves him fiercely. We are talking about a woman who stood by her man whilst he was incarcerated. Despite the third party presence of Urszula, their bond is still strong. Tre also offers her protection and a secure future - mentally, physically and financially.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS HOLDING LIBERTY AND TREMAINE TOGETHER?
What holds them together is their love, the careers they have both built, security, financial stability as well as the emotional and physical need for each other.

TREMAINE SEEMS A BIT NAIVE ABOUT LIBERTY AND URSZULA'S RELATIONSHIP. IS IT FUN SHOOTING ALL THE SCENES WITH THE THREE OF YOU?
Most of the time it is challenging to do the scenes with Liberty and Urszula but I do enjoy a challenge. However there are times when I get frustrated with Tre for being so gullible!

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU MOST TO THIS ROLE?
I was attracted to the role because of Tre's awareness of the still existent racism in society and his lack of fear to address it. Also because of his leadership qualities, his temper if betrayed and the honour he has.

DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANY PREPARATION FOR THE ROLE?
To prepare for the role I attended the gym a bit more than I usually do, due to the physical requirements of the character. I had to get in touch with my vain side to be able to realistically portray Tre's flash persona! I also worked on my ball skills and fitness to deal with training scenes.

HAD YOU WATCHED FOOTBALLERS' WIVES BEFORE TAKING THE ROLE?
I had watched one or two episodes and thought that Footballers' Wives was reminiscent of "Dynasty" mixed with a bit of "Dream Team". I really liked the costumes, the cars, the locations and the surrealism.

WHO/WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER OR STORYLINE?
I really enjoyed the storyline involving Gilly (Jackie Pascoe) and Gary Lucy (Kyle Pascoe) and the baby.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTER'S CLOTHES AND ACESSORIES?
I love Tre's clothes and accessories! The garish suits as well as the amount of jewellery is not for the faint hearted. It is also a lot of fun getting into character.

WOULD YOU WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES TRE WEARS?
I wouldn't personally wear all of Tre's clothes, mind you there are quite a few outfits that I would like to see hanging in my own wardrobe.

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE SO FAR HAD TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
My favourite outfit has to be the purple "Ozwald Boateng" suit Tre wore for the official press conference when joining Sparks.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? ARE YOU SOMEONE THAT CARES ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I can sometimes be eccentric when it comes to my personal style but I am generally quite fashion conscious. I do take great pride in my appearance.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS?
Ozwald Boateng is like a second skin to me - they make the best suits. I also love Diesel and Adidas.

DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH AND TREATMENTS IE MASSAGES ETC?
I love to treat myself whenever I can with saunas or a yoga class. Something to relax and purify me.

HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
I keep fit by doing a combination of jogging, callisthenics, weight training, boxing and yoga.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO RELAX?
If I am trying to relax I will read, watch a movie, write poetry or go to the cinema.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLER'S SALARY OVERNIGHT - WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY?
The first thing I would buy would be an expensive dress and perfume for my mum - I'd really treat her.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
One of the best things about being on Footballers' Wives is the treatment you receive. The crew are fantastic and so accommodating. Transport to and from my place is also bliss, as well as working with such a fantastic cast.

AND THE WORST?
Getting up so early is a bit arduous!

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW?
All my friends and family are so happy for me, especially my mum. She prayed tirelessly and diligently for this moment. I was half asleep when I got the great news and I actually fell off my sofa. A surreal moment - luckily I didn't injure myself!

HOW DOES BEING IN FOOTBALLERS' WIVES COMPARE TO DREAM TEAM?
Footballers' Wives and Dream Team are entirely different. Aside from the occasional football scenes Footballers' Wives mainly focuses on activity off the field. The perks of the jobs are entirely different also, namely because it is a primetime ITV programme.

WHAT CHARACTER DID YOU PLAY IN DREAM TEAM AND HOW LONG FOR?
I was in Dream Team for three years and played a character called Curtis Alexander who was a prolific striker signed by Harchester United. He eventually died in a coach explosion.

APART FROM THE LACK OF FOOTBALL, WHAT ELSE DIFFERS BETWEEN THE TWO SHOWS?
The sets of Footballers' Wives are much grander and the storylines are saucier.

HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE IN FOOTBALLERS' WIVES YET?
We have shot a very interesting scene with Bruno and Lucy Milligan at their wedding. Tre lets loose with his political and racial opinions much to the dismay of the other guests!

WHAT IS IT LIKE FILMING AT ALL THE GLAMOROUS LOCATIONS?
The locations are amazing. We have been shooting at some of the most beautiful mansions, restaurants, hotels etc. It is as good as it looks!

WHAT IS THE MOST EMBARASSING THING YOU'VE BEEN ASKED TO DO IN THESE SCENES?
The most embarrassing moment was showing my posterior!!

DO YOU THINK FOOTBALLERS' WIVES IS AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF THE PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL WORLD?
From the glamorous point of view, I think Footballers' Wives is right on target in terms of being realistic. It has the jewellery, clothes, fast cars and extravagant houses.

WHICH CHARACTER DOES TRE BOND WITH MOST ON THE SHOW?
Apart from Liberty, he bonds best with Dean who is another team mate.

WHY DOES TRE NOT GET ALONG WITH BRUNO?
Tre isn't completely at ease with Bruno Milligan. They were former friendly team mates at a previous club but that relationship turned sour after a little incident... so when they meet up again at Earls Park there is definite tension in the air.

WHAT STORYLINES CAN VIEWERS LOOK FORWARD TO?
This series, viewers can expect hotter, steamier storylines than any previous Footballers' Wives series. Think of "Basic Instinct" does "Dallas" and that will give you a fair idea of the relationship Tre and Liberty share. More twists, turns and of course plenty of infidelity!

TRE HAS BEEN IN PRISON - HOW DO YOU THINK HE COPED BEING A FAMOUS FOOTBALLERS BEHIND BARS?
Due to the nature of the crime it was never going to be easy doing time in a predominantly white jail. Tre found it hard at first receiving constant stick from the white inmates but then he eventually started to receive support and friendship from his fellow black inmates and I think this made his time in there more bearable.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I hang out with my family and loved ones. I like working out, writing, catching up on movies and recording poetry in the studio.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER INTERESTS?
I have a real passion for poetry (rapping). I have recorded some material and have performed live. I'm also working on a couple of scripts, which in time, I would like to produce.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I was born and raised in West London and they are still my stomping grounds.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CAREER:
I studied performing arts for about four years. I went into the acting world about 11 years ago. My work has ranged from independent films to commercials, television and theatre. My TV career blossomed about five years ago when Dream Team happened and the rest is history.

WHAT ROLE ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
My most well known role prior to Footballers' Wives is as Curtis Alexander in Dream Team.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
My first professional acting role was in a feature length film called "Buskers". I played a character called "Seaweed"!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ALL TIME CHARACTER YOU HAVE PLAYED?
That's a good question. I've had a few interesting roles I have had fun with but Tre has the potential to be the all time favourite.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER PAID JOB?
Playing an SA (Supporting Artist) in a commercial.

DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
Tottenham Hotspur.

WHAT SPORTS DO YOU FOLLOW - ARE YOU A SPORTY PERSON?
Football, boxing and martial arts. I am quite a sporty person, indulging in boxing, football and swimming.

DO YOU LIKE SHOPPING? IF SO, WHERE DO YOU PREFER TO SHOP?
I buy what tickles my fancy. I don't target one particular shop but I tend to shop in Oxford St, Covent Garden and Whiteleys.

TRE IS VERY "BLING" - ARE YOU?
I am not as "bling" as Tre! In saying that, I do love silver jewellery but I wouldn't wear excessive amounts in one go as Tre would.

WHO IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE FOOTBALLER?
My fave footballer has to be Ronaldo. He is the main reason I wanted to be a skilled footballer when I was younger.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN?
Cancer.

WHAT AGE ARE YOU?
29.