JAZZEY ROONEY: "LAUGHTER IS SERIOUSLY MY FAVOURITE THING IN THE WORLD"
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You might remember Jazzey Rooney as one half of Stella and Jazzey from My Kitchen Rules. If you watched the show you probably found her hilarious and wanted to hang out with her. If you didn't, well, you missed out, d'ya-know-what-I'm-sayin'?
We hit her up for a quick debrief and tried very hard not to say "d'ya-know-what-I'm-sayin'".
You and Stella were the youngest contestants ever to reach the semi-finals on My Kitchen Rules – congrats! What made you go for it? Thanks! I think it takes a lot of balls to go on any reality show. It's confronting and you're really putting yourself out there in a big way. Stella and I just thought we would make a good team. We took it from there really. We went in completely unprepared (probably not the best idea) but it worked, and once we were in there we worked really hard to stay there
Despite the inevitable reality TV drama you managed to keep it light-hearted, funny, and fun. How did you stay focused and not get caught up with the BS? I definitely wasn't interested in any drama with other contestants, but I'm the sort of person that'll tell you if you're being a dickhead. I may have told a couple of people that ... Otherwise, Stella and I really didn't buy into the nonsense.
I'M ON A COOKING SHOW
– I LIKE TO EAT"
You came across confident on the show. Are you naturally a confident person? I've always been confident in a lot of ways. I think it's a result of how I was raised. It's all about backing yourself, in my opinion. Focus on the great things about yourself and try not to overthink it (HA! Says me who overthinks going to the toilet).
I was quite sad when the comments about how I'd gained weight started. It was something I was worried about going into the show and it kind of confirmed my paranoia about it.
But as time went on, I surprised myself with how I stopped giving a shit about [what people were saying]. And hellllloooooo, I'm on a cooking show – I like to eat.
When you're having a shitty day how do you pick yourself back up? Laughter. I'm lucky that I have lots of funny mates and if all else fails, I just crack myself up. Laughing is seriously my favourite thing in the world.
Your honesty on the show is both funny and relatable. How did you stay grounded? I isolated myself in a lot of ways and I think as much as it was hard, it really helped me seriously immerse myself in the competition. While I was on the show my life genuinely revolved around recipe writing and practicing.
What's it been like for you since the show? After the show, being judged on how we looked and presented ourselves was really challenging. We believe what you do for others is so much more important than how you look. That's why we love making people laugh and we love our beautiful friendship.
We took some photos to celebrate our bodies the way they are and to help us feel more comfortable with them. Despite comments we get online, we are proud of the way we look but more importantly, we are proud of our big hearts.
What's next? I would love to stay in TV or radio. I want to make people laugh. I don't think there are enough relatable people on television anymore.
Interviewed by Dee Behan
Read this interview in Issue #6
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