Series 5 Cast Interviews
Laila Rouass

Laila Rouass

Plays
Amber Gates

AT THE END OF LAST SERIES, WE SAW CONRAD GATES ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY BRUNO MILLIGAN. HOW HAS THAT AFFECTED AMBER IN THIS SERIES?
Amber has been left devastated by Conrad's murder and is desperate to find out the truth behind is death.

DO YOU THINK AMBER HAS CHANGED THIS SERIES?
Amber is just as over the top as ever but the fact that she has Conrad's bloodline to continue she takes her responsibilities very seriously.

HAS AMBER GONE INTO MOURNING OR WILL SHE FIND ANOTHER MAN IN THIS SERIES?
Amber is mourning but she still has to look after number one. She's not a weak woman. Conrad is the love of her life but she also recognises that there were times where he treated her dreadfully.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE STORYLINE FROM LAST SERIES?
I loved it when Amber released her single Bhangra Bhootie and the baby swap was hysterical.

WHAT IS IN STORE FOR AMBER IN THIS FIFTH SERIES?
Amber has so much to deal with and it's the first time she has been truly alone. She’s not a rational person so expect some outrageous behaviour.

AMBER MAKES A BEELINE FOR BRUNO THIS SERIES, WHO IS CLUELESS AS TO WHY. DO YOU THINK WOMEN ARE MORE MANIPULATIVE THAN MEN?
I think men are more obviously manipulative. If a woman shows interest they very rarely ask why, they just go with the flow.

DO YOU THINK IT'S THE WIVES THAT HOLD THE POWER?
No, I really do think it is the men that hold the power in this show. Most of the women have no career of their own so are defined by the success of their husbands.

THIS SHOW USES VERY STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS. IS THIS REFRESHING FOR A DRAMA?
I think the glamour is refreshing. It's rare to see big houses, fast cars and glamourous couples on British dramas so it's great escapism.

HOW IS AMBER'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OTHER WIVES? DOES SHE GET ON WITH ONE BETTER THAN THE REST?
Lucy was a friend but their relationship turns sour in this fifth series. Amber hardly has a friend of her own.

DO YOU HAVE ANY CATFIGHTS THIS SERIES?
Of course! I have a fight with Shannon early on in the series and they are always great fun to film. Amber has never really had much time for Shannon so an opportunity arises where Amber can slap her around a bit. I had to pull out her hair extensions - I had huge handfuls of hair in my hands - great fun. He He.

WAS IT FUN TO SHOOT?
Absolutely. You really get into it and the words that passed our lips are unrepeatable.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A PHYSICAL FIGHT WITH ANYONE?
I did have a fight once at school. This girl pulled my skirt up whilst we were lining up to go to class so I hit her.

HAVE YOU HAD ANY PARTICULARLY OVER-THE-TOP OUTFITS SO FAR THIS SERIES?
There is a black and white Versace dress that has multi-colour zig zags all over it - it's a crazy outfit.

DO YOU LIKE AMBER?
I love Amber. She’s so unpredictable and passionate.

YOU ARE ONLY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE SERIES - HOW WAS IT FILMING YOUR LAST SCENES?
It was very sad saying goodbye but I'm also relishing doing new things too. So it was a bit of both really. The door has been left open so it's not a definite bye bye. Of course it's emotional. After 4 years it is very difficult to say goodbye.

WHAT PROJECTS DID YOU WORK ON BETWEEN SERIES 4 AND 5?
I did a film called Don't Stop Dancing. I did a campaign for Vauxhall and a campaign along with Zoe Lucker for Ariel where we had to play tennis with Boris Becker and Tim Henman. It was great fun.

HAVE YOU HAD A HOLIDAY THIS YEAR - IF SO WHERE DID YOU GO, WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
I went to New York at the beginning of the year which was great fun and then the Bahamas in May.

HAVE YOU GOT ANY PROJECTS LINED UP AFTER FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
I'm currently shooting a film called Freebird. It's a great script with a great cast.

WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST ABOUT BOTH YOUR CHARACTER AND THE PROGRAM?
Everything. The rest of the cast and crew couldn't be more different than our characters. We got out a lot together. Little Sarah Barrand is the baby of the group so of course we are all very protective of her.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO RELAX WITH FRIENDS?
Movies and eating.

DO YOU SPEAK ANY OTHER LANGUAGES?
Arabic.

AMBER CALLS IN THE SPIRITS TO SPEAK TO CONRAD - DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE AFTER LIFE/SPIRITS OR ARE YOU RELIGIOUS AT ALL?
I do believe there is more to life than we think there is. I've been watching Colin Fry and he is just amazing.

WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOP?
I love to shop in India - there is so much to choose from.

YOU ARE A BIT OF A PROPERTY QUEEN - TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU LOOK FOR IN A PROPERTY.
I love period features so I always look for them in a property - Victorian, Georgian etc. I also try and make sure there are good transport links but I do think London is overpriced.

WHAT BRAND OF JEANS DO YOU LIKE BEST AND WHY?
Rock and Republic.

YOU LOOK FABULOUS - WHAT ARE YOUR DIET AND EXERCISE SECRETS?
I used to be quite lazy with what I ate. But I am more conscious now. I try to walk whenever I can.

WHAT BEAUTY PRODUCTS DO YOU SWEAR BY?
Dermalogica, Creme de la Mar.

WHAT BEAUTY/MAKEUP PRODUCTS DO YOU ALWAYS CARRY AROUND IN YOUR HANDBAG?
I love my Pout lip gloss and Mac eyeshadows are amazing.

YOU HAVE LOTS OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS. DO YOU SEE THEM MUCH?
Yes I am very close to my family.