Series 5 Cast Interviews
Phina Oruche

Phina Oruche

Plays
Liberty Baker

TELL US A BIT ABOUT LIBERTY:
Liberty is an A-List international supermodel who is at the top of her game. She is very strong-willed, very passionate yet also very emotionally needy.

IF YOU COULD SUM LIBERTY UP IN THREE WORDS WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Passionate, flighty, intense.

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER?
We are both head strong people and both like to win. I am also very passionate and a strong-willed person so we have that in common too.

WHAT ARE THE KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOU AND LIBERTY?
Liberty is a bisexual, drug fuelled, model whilst I am the total opposite. I'm not hugely religious but I pray a lot. I have never taken drugs in my life, I'm celibate and I haven't, nor will I ever sleep with a woman. I also would never cheat on anyone. There are just a few differences for you!

WHAT THREE WORDS WOULD YOU SAY BEST DESCRIBE YOU PERSONALLY?
Focused, God-centred, nutcase!

WOULD YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE LIBERTY IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I would probably get on with her professionally as I like winners. People sense I am strong so they generally don't disrespect me. However, if we clashed it would be one hell of a fight!

TREMAINE AND LIBERTY HAVE AN INTERESTING RELATIONSHIP. WHAT IS THIS LIKE TO PLAY?
Sexy. Fun. Tortuous. It takes me out of my comfort zone.

DO YOU AND CHUCKY GET ON WELL?
Chucky and I get on like a house on fire. I admire him immensely - I don't think I could have played this character without him.

TREMAINE COMES ACROSS AS BEING A VERY PROTECTIVE BOYFRIEND - DO YOU SYMPATHISE WITH THE CHARACTER - DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY HE IS LIKE HE IS?
Absolutely. I love the fact that Tre is very protective - I want to clone him!! Every girl should have a Tre.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ATTRACTS LIBERTY TO TRE?
Tre takes care of Liberty and as much as she is an independent woman, she adores that. She has always been very independent and has taken care of everyone else so I think she relishes in the fact that Tre provides her with a safe haven.

LIBERTY HAS A PERSONAL PA CALLED URSZULA HELPING HER OUT. TELL ME ABOUT ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP.
Liberty employed Urszula as her PA whilst Tre was in prison and their relationship blossomed. Liberty likes to be wanted (by either men or women!) and I think likes the control and power she has over the relationship. In turn however, Urszula is very clued up on this and plays Liberty back at her own game

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS HOLDING LIBERTY AND TREMAINE TOGETHER?
True love - they are equals. Tre and Liberty need one another. They have such a strong love and I think this will overcome anything.

TREMAINE SEEMS A BIT NAIVE ABOUT LIBERTY AND URSZULA'S RELATIONSHIP. IS IT FUN SHOOTING ALL THE SCENES WITH THE THREE OF YOU?
I wouldn't say fun!! It is emotionally confusing. I normally start out a scene with Tre and end up with Urszula.

WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE FILMING SCENES WITH URSZULA AS SOME OF THEM ARE VERY INTIMATE?
The scenes with Urszula were a real test of my acting skills. It is a thrill to be challenged constantly though.

LIBERTY IS AN INTERNATIONAL SUPERMODEL. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?
Liberty and I have very similar backgrounds. I was born in Liverpool and then moved to the States to be a model. I then moved into acting and have now come back to do Footballers' Wives. I was blessed to travel the globe as a model. I have done shows in Milan, Paris, London and New York. The modelling schedule is hellish - those models earn every penny!

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU MOST TO THIS ROLE?
I knew this role would challenge me, especially with the cheating and girl-on-girl stuff as it is so far removed from my actual life. The script writers are brilliant - very clever. I was also really impressed with how they portrayed Liberty. I usually hate seeing how models are portrayed in film and TV but I knew I could do this character justice.

DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANY PREPARATION FOR THE ROLE?
I didn't have to do any specific preparation as I take care of my appearance and try and keep in shape anyway.

HAD YOU WATCHED FOOTBALLERS' WIVES BEFORE TAKING THE ROLE? WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS / FEELINGS ON THE PROGRAM?
I had not seen it prior to coming to the audition. I knew it was the modern-day Dynasty. But I did start to catch up on it prior to filming and now I am addicted.

WHO / WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER OR STORYLINE?
Tanya Turner has definitely been my favourite character, hands down.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACESSORIES?
Liberty is a girl after my own heart! I love the clothes and accessories. The costume department do a wonderful job getting in clothes that are suited to the characters.

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE SO FAR HAD TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
My favourite outfit has definitely been the Christian Dior, white and denim number I open the series in. It makes a big statement and I like that.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? ARE YOU SOMEONE THAT CARES ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I am very like Liberty in the sense that I do take pride in my appearance, but I am equally at home in yoga pants. I am also a shoe freak - I have loads!

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS / DESIGNERS?
Stella McCartney, Chanel, Prada, The Gap. Vintage GLAD on Melrose in LA is my favourite store in the whole wide world.

DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH AND TREATMENTS IE MASSAGES ETC?
I love steam rooms, Mary Kay scrubs and potions all the way baby!

HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
In LA I swim 60 laps a day. Since being in London I have taken up running and I am now in training for the London Marathon in April 2006 - wish me luck!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO RELAX?
Yoga, swimming - lazing around reading.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLERS SALARY OVERNIGHT WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT?
I would give 10% to the Church and then splurge on a home in the Caribbean.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
I love Footballers' Wives because I get to do what I have trained to do. I get to combining modelling, acting; wearing fabulous clothes, high drama and hot boys - and I get paid for it!

AND THE WORST?
None - it's a dream come true. I'm at home in England and finally I'm filming something my mum can watch on TV!

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW?
My family are so excited and supportive.

WHAT IS IT LIKE FILMING AT ALL THE GLAMOROUS LOCATIONS? IS FOOTBALLERS' WIVES AS GLAMOROUS AS IT LOOKS?
Oh yes, Footballers' Wives is very glamorous! As much as it is long hours and there is lots of waiting around, the houses and locations are amazing.

WHAT IS THE MOST EMBARASSING THING YOU'VE BEEN ASKED TO DO IN THESE SCENES?
As I have never kissed a female before, kissing Urszula was definitely an awkward moment. That and leaping out of bed naked!

DID YOU FIND IT EASY FITTING IN WITH THE OTHER WIVES?
All the cast are brilliant. Everyone is so welcoming and warm.

DOES YOUR CHARACTER HAVE ANY FIGHTS WITH THE OTHER WIVES?
Now that would be talking...!

WHICH CHARACTER DOES LIBERTY BOND WITH MOST ON THE SHOW?
Liberty gets on with Tre the best - underneath it all she is all about her man. He is her rock.

WHAT STORYLINES CAN VIEWERS LOOK FORWARD TO?
Tre and Liberty have a very tumultuous relationship so there are quite a few ups and downs that I think viewers will enjoy to watch. The whole Tre/Liberty/Urszula relationship will definitely be amusing to watch, especially with Tre being so naive to it all. The appearance on The Richard and Judy Show was fun too.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I am in post production on a documentary I have directed so I spend a fair bit of time in edit suites. I also write scripts and have an idea for an action-based film. I love horse riding, yoga and running. And I am trying to learn how to sing gospel!

DO YOU LIKE SHOPPING?
As much as I like fashion and clothes, I actually don't enjoy shopping that much.

IF YOU WERE GIVING ADVICE ON HOW TO LOOK LIKE A FOOTBALLERS' WIFE, WHICH HIGH STREET STORE WOULD YOU RECOMMED VISITING TO GET YOUR OUTFIT?
I think Zara and Primark have an amazing selection of great clothes at such bargain prices.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
Liverpool.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I live between LA and London.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CAREER:
It's been a glorious mix of modelling and acting - but check out www.phinaoruche - it's all on there!

HOW DOES IT COMPARE FILMING IN THE UK TO THE STATES?
The sense of company and camaraderie is much stronger here. I feel like the cast and crew support one another totally and that we want each other to do well. In LA it feels like one big competition - you can feel the fear on the sets!

WHAT ROLE ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
I played Olivia in Buffy the Vampire Slayer - she was Giles' girlfriend.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ALL TIME CHARACTER YOU HAVE PLAYED?
To date I would have to say Liberty has been the best character I have played.

DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
Liverpool.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN?
Virgo.

WHAT AGE ARE YOU?
29.

FOOTBALLERS' WIVES IS NOW SHOWING IN AMERICA. ARE ANY OF YOUR FRIENDS BACK THERE WATCHING - IF SO WHAT HAS BEEN THEIR REACTION?
It seems like everyone in America is hooked on Footballers' Wives - they call me and scream at the audacity of the scripts and characters! I think it's hilarious.

TELL US A STYLE SECRET:
My style tip is if you have gained a little weight, always wear one colour from head to toe - it makes you look taller and slimmer.

WHAT BEAUTY PRODUCTS DO YOU SWEAR BY?
Mary Kay, Microdermabrasion.

HAVE YOU EVER MADE A HUGE FASHION/STYLE FAUX PAS?
Please - I was raised in Liverpool! I had a purple fishtail coat with grey leather piping - in hindsight it was a definite mistake.

LIBERTY IS A BIT OF A DIVA - HAVE YOU MET PEOPLE LIKE HER?
I have met people like Liberty before - especially in the fashion and film arenas. But I think that is to be expected.

YOU ARE REALLY IN SHAPE - HOW DO YOU KEEP SO TRIM - ANY SECRETS OR ROUTINES YOU STICK TO?
When I can I swim 60 laps a day, otherwise riding horses and yoga and now my running.

THERE IS A LOT OF PRESSURE FOR GIRLS TO STAY SLIM - WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO THOSE THAT WATCH THE SHOW?
I don't work out to lose weight. I have a healthy lifestyle and try to find an activity that challenges me and then I do it. That's my secret. Stay passionate and eat sensibly. Diets are not sexy, nor are very skinny women.

YOU ARE FROM LIVERPOOL BUT HAVE LIVED IN LA - DO YOU FEEL EQUALLY AT HOME IN BOTH COUNTRIES?
I feel blessed to have a home in LA and one here. I am a Scouse American! I have the best of both worlds - if it's good enough for Madonna, it's good enough for me!

CAN YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?
No. But I can pretend I can in three languages!

HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN PART IN TEAM OR COMPETITIVE SPORTS?
I was a gymnast and did get selected to go in the pre-Olympic qualifying team. But we couldn't afford all the travelling. Because of that, I now won't let any opportunity pass me by.

ARE YOU SINGLE/MARRIED/DATING?
I am resting. But I have just met someone who is awesome and may coax me back into the water!