Series 3 Cast Interviews
Caroline Chikezie

Caroline Chikezie

Plays
Elaine Hardy

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER.
Elaine is a physiotherapist.  She loves her job and takes it very seriously, she considers herself to be one of the best. Potentially she can be very tough when results need to be produced, but she is fair.  She is bright and not easily fooled.

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER?
Not really! Elaine is a bit tomboyish but I’m more girlie.  She’s also no-nonsense where I can be quite silly at times.

WOULD YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE? 
I would definitely get on with my character if I were to meet her, because she is a lovely girl – unless she has been wronged!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACESSORIES?
Elaine’s clothes are very casual because of her job. She mainly wears tracksuits and trainers, which is so unlike what I wear in real life!  But she scrubs up well when she’s not working.

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
My character has this gorgeous top that I wouldn’t have the guts to wear ‘out and about’ myself.  It’s by ‘Hunters and Gatherers’ and is slashed to the navel so it’s very revealing!

WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?   DO YOU CARE ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I wear clothes that fit me and suit my shape rather than follow the latest trends. I care very much about my appearance but only if I’m going out to a party or to some other function otherwise I’m happy to slob about in jeans and no make-up.

ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS?
I love GUCCI, Dolce and Gabbana and Louis Vuitton.

DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH AND
BEAUTY TREATMENTS? 
I treat myself to a dermolgica facial once in a while.  I would like to go more often but never seem to find enough time.  I also plan to go for regular massage sessions at some point.

COSMETIC ENHANCEMENT FEATURES A GREAT DEAL IN THIS SERIES OF FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES.  COULD YOU EVER GO UNDER THE KNIFE? 
NO!

DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED MORE NATURAL WAY OF KEEPING IN SHAPE?
I’m determined at some point to join a gym and actually use it! My diet also needs some attention.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIER FOOTBALLERS SALARY OVERNIGHT – OR HAD ACCESS TO ONE, WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY? 
I don’t think I would buy a luxury item for myself.  I would probably give half of it away!

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES? 
Getting the new scripts in! I love reading and whenever I get a new script I sit with a huge bowl of popcorn and read.  The storylines are always so outrageous and on Footballers’ Wives anything can happen!

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW?  ANY FUNNY STORIES?
Footballers’ Wives is most of my mates’ favourite show so they are all really excited that I’m going to be on it.  They are forever trying to get the new storylines out of me but love it when I refuse and say they have to wait and see!  They prefer the suspense really!  One of my friends is reluctant to go away to South Africa on holiday because she doesn’t want to miss Footballers’ Wives!  She only decided to go when her Mum promised to tape it for her.

HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE YET? 
I did a fight scene with Gary Lucy who plays ‘Kyle’ and really went for it on the day.  It felt fine whilst we were doing it, but the next day I woke up so stiff and black and blue!

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?  
I’m quite boring really, I love to read!  Give me a good book and I’m happy!

CAN YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?  IF SO HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED FOR A TEAM – AT WHAT LEVEL ETC? 
No I can’t!  Well not very well anyway.  I once joined an all girls team when I was fourteen.  They made me goalie and I was so scared of getting hit by the ball that I just let them all in the net!  Needless to say I was never asked back!

DO YOU HAVE A SECRET TALENT – BAR TRICK OR SUCH LIKE?
I’m very flexible and can but my legs behind by neck. I also have very flexible arms which swivel around in their sockets.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
Born in West London and then raised in both West and East London.

WHAT ROLE ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
Sasha in ‘AS IF’ on Channel 4

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
The feature film ‘Babymother’.  The role of Sharon.  On my CV I have ‘Babymother’ and ‘Babyfather’ listed as jobs!  All I need is a part in the ‘Babysitter’.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER JOB?
I attended boarding school in Nigeria for two years and was made the senior prefect.  I was in charge of disciplining other students for being late, untidy etc.  I was the softest senior prefect ever because I couldn’t bring myself to punish anyone.

DO YOU HAVE A GOOD STORY ABOUT A PREVIOUS ROLE/JOB?
When I made the film ‘Babymother’ we filmed on an estate in Harlesden.  We had 24hr security shadowing us.  We didn’t think it was necessary until the lead actress (Anjela Lauren-Smith) had her ponytail set alight by a group of girls – after that we were terrified.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN? 
I’m on the cusp between Aquarius and Pisces.

AND DO YOU BELIEVE IN THINGS LIKE THIS?
I only believe when it’s positive stuff and choose to ignore the negative.