TALKS TO EIDOS PART II
Copyright 2001 www.eidosinteractive.co.uk
[ October 1st 2001 ]
Raider publishers Eidos Interactive have released
the second part of their interview with real life
Lara Croft model Lucy Clarkson.
Lara opened up lots of different doors for you
and enabled you to do things you normally wouldnít
have been able to do ?
do other jobs as Iím a full time professional
model. I appeared in an Airwaves advert, and because
the company behind it wanted someone fit and athletic,
as soon as they found out I was Lara Croft they
decided that I was exactly what they were looking
though I had the wrong colour hair, and had to
dye it all blond I still got the job! When I tell
people what I do and they see on my modelling
card that Iím Lara Croft, I stand out from the
rest, and theyíll have a second look at the card.
Being Lara has definitely opened a lot more doors
find you travel abroad a lot being Lara ?
When I got the job it was only supposed to be
a years contract, but they renewed it for a second
year. The first ever job I had was doing the E3
show in Los Angeles and that really opened my
eyes - it was an unbelievable experience. After
that Iíve been to Portugal, Paris and Dublin where
I took part in the Late Late Show. That was quite
good because it was live and also a little nerve
been the highlight for you so far during your
time as Lara Croft ?
the main thing for me would be the E3 show just
because of the size and scale of the event. It
was an experience that Iíll never forget. But
I also really enjoyed the Croft Manor weekend
- mainly because Iíve never dressed in anything
else apart from the original Lara Suit or the
black catsuit and because I had to welcome the
guests as their host Ms Croft, I got to wear a
really slinky dress with the gun strapped to my
legs! Doing a bit of acting as well made the Croft
Manor event more enjoyable too because normally
I keep quiet and smile a lot!
have a funniest or most embarrassing moment?
Croft Manor again. I had to do an appearance at
around 11oíclock as the guests were having a BBQ
and just walk by so they could see I was around
and I had the dark shades on and I fell down some
started laughing and I didnít know what else to
do so I just bowed at everyone. I managed to miss
the first step and just started walking. I didnít
actually fall over, I just tripped but if you
could see the size of my boots I can hardly feel
anything underneath them anyway! Thatís the most
embarrassing moment, but Iím usually quite careful
and alert. At first when I met people I didnít
know what to say so I felt a bit stupid then,
but know Iíve settled into the role at more and
Iím used to that now.
know what youíll be up to in the future as Lara?
really know to be honest. Some jobs, like the
Croft Manor event Iíll know about for a month
or so before it happens, but mostly I get booked
the week before. I prefer it like that though
as thereís a little more surprise and I donít
know what Iíll be doing.
you ever had any strange experiences getting the
guns through customs when you travel abroad?
customs, but we did have a strange time in Dublin.
I was opening a mobile shop there and someone
had seen me come out of the hotel dressed as Lara
Croft with the guns and phoned the police! They
told the police that theyíd seen a woman with
two guns getting into a car!
seen me dressed as Lara with the guns and they
actually thought I was going to rob a bank or
something! We got stopped and pulled over but
nothing came of it!
a Manchester City fan yet?
I am now. Iím not really into football but when
I went to see the Man City Vs Man Utd game, I
couldnít watch because I had to do appearances
and I was quite upset about that. But now theyíre
playing in the same league as Rotherham United
who are my local team so thatíll be a good one
to watch! It is good to go though, and I get a
lot of wolf whistles from the players and fans
when I go to be in a team photo for example.
do you have a message for your fans that are reading
on playing the games and whenever Iím about, come
and see me!