Copyright 2001

[ September 7th 2001 ]

London based Tomb Raider publishers Eidos Interactive have released an exlusive interview with their latest Lara Croft model Lucy Clarkson, quizzing the former model on her role as Core Designs British diva:

What was it like when you first found out you had been chosen to be Lara Croft ? What did you do ?

I couldn't believe it. I was absolutely gobsmacked because it was such a big thing for me. Before that I was a bit down in the dumps because I had been told I was too fat to work so I was so down, and then I got a call from my agent saying that someone has seen my model card and wanted to call about the possibility of me being Lara Croft.

Before I actually got it I spent two months going to the gym, meeting all the different people and going through all the different selection stages. Eventually the auditions would get narrowed down to the last ten, then the last five and I just couldn't believe it when they picked me to be Lara.

There were two others in the final audition and I had to dress up and go and meet the directors, and as soon as I opened my mouth and they knew I was from Yorkshire, they kind of took to me straight away. I was on the train on the way home and they phoned me to tell me that I'd got the job! I started crying because I was in so much shock but my Mum and Dad had always said that I'd get it.

It's the perfect job for me because even though I've always worked out, it makes me go to the gym to keep fit. And it's also good because someone's actually appreciating shape and not telling you to lose weight for the job and I love doing it.

Do you ever get recognised now as being Lara Croft ?

I get recognised the most when I'm on the train because I spend so much time travelling around on them. It's weird because lately I seem to get recognised quite a lot, because people will come up to me and say "Are you famous?" I have to say "Not quite, I am in a way but I am a personality through the work I do." They'll ask what I do, and when I tell them I'm Lara Croft they'll be like "I told you so!" to their friends. I always carry cards around with me as I like to be able to sign them for the fans as I am getting recognised more and more.

Has it been everything you were expecting ?

It's been more than I expected. It's been an absolutely unbelievable experience and I've grown up so much while I've been doing it. The people I work with, the make-up artists, the stylists, my managers - they're unbelievable and they all get on so well and it's just so enjoyable. If it wasn't for the people around me then I wouldn't enjoy doing the job as much.

What's it like when you get to meet the Tomb Raider fans ?

I love it! It is strange sometimes because you get young children aged about eight and at the other end of the scale you get grown up men, 50 year olds obsessed with Lara! It's not a bad thing at all, but the age difference can be a little weird at times. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my fans, so I love them all!

Is that a good or bad thing for you?

Good thing, definitely. I like it a lot because I'm not the sort of person to just turn around and not speak to them or tell them they can't have a picture. I think it's wrong because I'll always, always have time for fans and I'll always go out of my way to sign their autographs. I love it, it's great!

Lucy Clarkson interview courtesy of

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