Section: Inside Interview
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As well as looking great, she also has one of the most glamerous jobs in Ireland as she gets to interview all kinds of celebrities from around the world. Yes, this week Fashion.ie chats with Jennifer O'Brien who is the Showbiz editor of one of Ireland's best selling daily and Sunday newspapers, The Sun, Jennifer talks about her own fashion style preferences and also who she thinks are the best dressed celebrities around today
Where did you grown up?
I grew up in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. I moved on to Galway for four years at University and spent a year working in Longford, before starting at The Irish Sun in Dublin in 2007. People say they are thrown by my lack of any accent – mostly because it’s pretty neutral after moving around. Give me a bottle of Proscecco though and the Tipp tongue comes out!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Honest, Fun, Indecisive.
JENNIFER WITH THE SCRIPT
If you were not a journalist what job do you think you would be doing now?
I would love to be a full time author but haven’t had the time to dedicate myself completely to writing a novel. I have started many but the only one I finished was Jedward’s Biography in 2010. It went on to be a HMV Bestseller that year, but that was more down to the boys than my writing I suspect. Whatever I ended up doing was probably always going to somehow involve writing…
What are your favourite colours?
I adore purple and I am also drawn towards anything coral in the shops. I don’t shy away from reds or oranges either and love finding myself a gorgeous red dress.
LOOKING FAB, IT'S JENNIFER O'BRIEN
What is your favourite piece of clothing?
It’s probably still my debs dress from way back in 2002! I got the Indian material from a stall in George’s Street Arcade and a dressmaker made a separate top and skirt. I still take it out to admire from time to time. I also love a backless wine dress I found in vintage shop Harlequin in Dublin ahead of the VIP Style Awards this year.
Have you ever had a wardrobe - malfunctions, explain?
I would be lying if I said I hadn’t walked down a road with my dress unknowingly tucked into my knickers- On more than one occasion and on more than one road…Why does no one stop you to say it?
COLIN FARRELL & JENNIFER
Who is the best dressed celebrity you have interviewed and why?
Singer Florence Welch really bowled me over as her clothes just sit perfectly on her and look as if they were all custom made. No one else could carry off that whimsical prettiness – and she definitely doesn’t let her clothes outshine her. Her sense of style is an integral part of her image and success and I think she gets it bang on most of the time. She was so lovely too which made her gorgeous inside and out!
Who do you think is the best dressed Irish male & female celebrity?
Best dressed has to be Darren Kennedy from RTE. His impeccable wardrobe never ceases to impress me. There’s never a hair out of place with Darren and if he doesn’t win Man of Style at next years VIP Awards, I will kick up a fuss! Best dressed female would probably be Aoife Cogan or Yvonne Keating. I absolutely adored Aoife’s Amanda Wakeley wedding dress. I like people who are brave enough to wear something different yet look like they aren’t trying too hard. Yvonne Keating always looks classy and elegant with great red carpet looks.
Where do you normally shop for clothes?
Everywhere from Zara and BT2 to Topshop . I can never seem to resist a purchase from ASOS once I log on either “just for a look”. I love nothing better than a good root in all the charity shops on Camden Street where I live, but find myself wondering if someone who once owned something has died, which is odd. My boyfriend reckons I wear about 10% of my wardrobe, and he’s probably right. I am constantly filling up sacks to give to charity shops.
JENNIFER PUTS JEDWARD THROUGH THEIR PACES
Who are your favourite fashion designers/labels, describe?
When it comes to designers, I only really treat myself with handbags and shoes. I love DKNY, Marc Jacobs and recently got a Michael Kors tan satchel. My mother tells me to “keep them up” for a big occasion, but I’m very impatient and simply have to wear things straight away.Shoes wise, I love a good pair by Kurt Geiger or Guess and also love my Hunter wellies when working at gigs and festivals. Purple of course!
What do you look for when trying on clothes?
Fit. There’s nothing better than finding the perfect pair of jeans. It’s the toughest of chores but definitely worth it when you find them. With dresses, especially ball gowns, length is key for me. If something is even a millimetre too short – I’m not going to go with it.
JENNIFER & THE LADS FROM WESTLIFE
Is there one fashion accessory that you simply can't live without?
I feel naked without rings on my fingers. At least one on each hand, and I have no superstitions about wearing one on my engagement finger either. Skulls, spikes, diamonds – I will give them all a turn!
JENNIFER INTERVIEWS SOME OF HOLLYWOOD'S FINEST AS SHE IS PICTURED ABOVE WITH PIERCE BROSNAN
If you knew you were going to be put on a desert island for a month, choose 3 celebrities who would you chose to accompany you and why?
Colin Farrell: Mostly for something to look at. Also because he is mad in to yoga and healthy eating now, which could pass some time as we planned our escape. Dara O’Briain – simply because you are at nothing if you can’t laugh at a situation and he really makes me laugh. Bruce Springsteen – to play hours upon hours of his amazing music and help me finally master the guitar.
Who is the best known celebrity you have interviewed and were they nice to interview, explain?
Legendary actor Martin Sheen was one of my stand out favourites. He was such a lovely man and we chatted about his family from Tipperary – some of his relations live in my home town. Another massive moment for me was Noel Gallagher as I have been a massive Oasis fan since my teens. He was everything I had dreamed of and more when it came to the interview – just hilarious. More often than not, the bigger the star, the nicer they are as I also found with people like Jon Voight, Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson. They could teach some of our so called “celebs” around here a lesson or two…but I better not say anymore !
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