TALKS TO EIDOS
Copyright 2001 www.eidosinteractive.co.uk
[ September 7th 2001 ]
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
was it like when you first found out you had been
chosen to be Lara Croft ? What did you do ?
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.
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
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.
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.
ever get recognised now as being Lara Croft ?
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
been everything you were expecting ?
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.
it like when you get to meet the Tomb Raider fans
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!
a good or bad thing for you?
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,
Clarkson interview courtesy of www.eidosinteractive.co.uk