Series 5 Cast Interviews
Lucia Giannecchini

Lucia Giannecchini

Plays
Urszula Rosen

TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF URSZULA:
Urszula is the PA and "close friend" of Liberty - she's originally from Poland. She's very strong-willed and looks out for number one, mainly as a result of her upbringing in a very poor Polish town.

IF YOU COULD SUM URSZULA UP IN THREE WORDS WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Ambitious, manipulative, sexy.

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND URSZULA?
The main similarity is the fact that we can speak more then one language fluently.

WHAT ARE THE KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOU AND URSZULA?
The fact that Urszula is Polish is a big difference! Also she's manipulative and quite 'cold', and of course her sexual preferences aren't the same as mine.

WHAT THREE WORDS WOULD YOU SAY BEST DESCRIBE YOU PERSONALLY?
Broadminded, energetic, vivacious.

WOULD YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I would probably admire Urszula's drive and ambition but perhaps not the way she goes about fulfilling these.

URSZULA AND LIBERTY HAVE AN INTERESTING RELATIONSHIP. EXPLAIN:
Urszula started off being Liberty's PA and confidante. However their relationship rapidly became more than simply professional as Liberty found that she was attracted to Urszula and wanted to pursue those feelings. Urszula loves the idea of having an affair with a supposedly straight woman who has a boyfriend.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ATTRACTS LIBERTY TO TRE?
I think Liberty's attracted to Tre physically but obviously there's also the added attraction of him being a successful and well-known footballer - all of which aids her career and name.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS HOLDING LIBERTY AND TREMAINE TOGETHER?
Liberty needs Tre - for her career and also financially. She also would probably be quite alone without him. Tre, on the other hand, is besotted with Liberty in every way and is truly in love with her.

TREMAINE SEEMS A BIT NAIVE ABOUT LIBERTY AND URSZULA'S RELATIONSHIP. IS IT FUN SHOOTING ALL THE SCENES WITH THE THREE OF YOU?
The scenes between the three of us are fun to film but I'm looking forward to the scenes we have coming up! Tre gets more than he bargained for!

WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE FILMING SCENES WITH PHINA AS SOME OF THEM ARE VERY INITIMATE?
Obviously intimate scenes are always more difficult to shoot, whoever you are filming with, male or female.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU MOST TO THIS ROLE?
I loved the fact that Urszula is so different to me and the challenge of playing someone from Poland who is ultimately quite a bitch is always fun to play and is not something I'd usually get cast as.

DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANY PREPARATION FOR THE ROLE?
I had to work on the accent mainly.

HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
Capoeira (brazilian martial art) and running. Also a friend of mine is a personal trainer and they have given me some exercise programme to work through.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACESSORIES?
Urszula's clothes are very corporate and formal and this is not very 'me'. She always looks very professional and smart but with some sexy cleavage or leg showing.

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE SO FAR HAD TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
Urszuala generally wears suits so it was nice to wear a sexy black D&G dress.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? ARE YOU SOMEONE THAT CARES ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I love clothes and do take pride in my appearance. My personal style is an eclectic mix of vintage, cargos, classic and hippy chic, depending on how I feel when I wake up.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS / DESIGNERS?
Missoni, Liu Jo, Pinko, Chloe.

DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH TREATMENTS IE MASSAGES ETC?
I’m not really into health or beauty treatments. Although if anything it would be a full body aromatherapy massage.

DO YOU HAVE ANY BEAUTY SECRETS?
Sleep and water. And St Tropez Tan because you can't be in Footie Wives without a tan!

WHAT BEAUTY/MAKEUP PRODUCTS DO YOU ALWAYS CARRY IN YOUR HANDBAG?
YSL Touche Eclat, lip gloss and Rimmel concealer.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO RELAX?
Spending time with my friends, art and photography exhibitions, learning to play guitar, the opera, capoeira, writing.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLER'S SALARY OVERNIGHT - WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY?
I would love to buy a yacht for my dad.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
The cast and crew are unbelievably nice and relaxed and friendly - and of course the storylines are fabulous!

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW?
With Footballers' Wives being such a high profile popular show all my friends and family think it's wonderful as they are fans of the programme already.

WHAT IS IT LIKE FILMING AT ALL THE GLAMOROUS LOCATIONS?
The locations, particularly the houses are as glamorous as they look on screen - it's certainly never boring.

WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST/MOST EMABRESSING THING YOU'VE BEEN ASKED TO DO IN THESE SCENES?
When we had to have certain paparazzi shots taken of Urszula and Liberty in a hotel room we were required to be in a very compromising position - which was funny to shoot.

DO YOU HAVE MUCH TO DO WITH THE OTHER WIVES (ON A SOCIAL LEVEL)?
Not yet - I have only had scenes with Tre and Liberty so far so I've not really met the rest of the cast.

WHAT STORYLINES CAN VIEWERS LOOK FORWARD TO?
I think the viewers will be amused by the lengths that Urszula will go to, to get some 'quality time' alone with Liberty.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE FUTURE TO BE FOR YOUR CHARACTER?
There is all sorts of mischief that Urszula could get up to - I wouldn't know where to start!

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
In between Cheshire and Lucca in Italy

WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Central London.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CAREER:
I completed my training almost two years ago. My first two jobs were in the theatre, then I worked on several low budget independent films and a couple of commercials before landing a role in Coronation Street at the same time as Footballers' Wives.

WHAT ROLE ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
Right now it's probably for playing Charlie's last fling (in Coronation Street) the night before he marries Shelley.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
My first professional role was in a regional tour of the theatre production 'Bare' by Renny Krupinski playing the lead female role. This is probably been my favourite part to date besides Urszula, however I have been lucky and played a real range of characters since leaving drama school.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN AND HOW OLD ARE YOU?
Gemini. 24

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HIGH STREET STORES?
I like to shop at Firetrap in Covent Garden, Benetton and Whistles.

DO YOU THINK THERE IS TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON YOUNG GIRLS TO BE SLIM THESE DAYS?
I definitely think there is a lot of pressure on young girls to be slim. Unfortunately I can't see that ever changing as the majority of leading actresses and 'celebrities' are slim.

WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE GIRLS WHO WANT TO STAY HEALTHY?
Have everything in moderation. Get 8 hours sleep, drink 2 litres of water a day, eat lots of fruit and veg and don't smoke.