Rick Astley vs Melissa George. Beauty and the Beast (respectively)

Rick Astley, my favourite pop star from the late 80’s and early 90’s, is in Australia, poised to entertain hundreds of middle aged fans keen to tear up the dance floor one more time!  I interviewed Rick for Smash Hits magazine in what must have been 1990 or 1991!   I think (as I desperately try to dig up what is now a faded memory) the interview took place at the now defunct Sebel Hotel.  Rick arrived on time (unheard of for celebrities and pop stars) and was so polite it was almost ridiculous.  Clutching my tape recorder I was all ready to start my big interview when I realized the machine was out of batteries.  How embarrassing!  What happened next???  Rick of course nipped down to the corner shop and bought me some new batteries.  Wow what a guy.

It’s an interview I’ve never forgotten – I have absolutely no idea what we actually talked about but boy do I remember how NICE Mr Astley was.  His chivalry won him a gushing interview and a fan for life.

In stark contrast I read some of the comments actress Melissa George made recently on The Morning Show when asked to talk about her first acting role on Home and Away.  Here’s how Melissa responded:

“I don’t need credibility from my country any more, I just need them all to be quiet,” she said. “If they have nothing intelligent to say, please don’t speak to me any more. I’d rather be having a croissant and an espresso in Paris or walking my French bulldog in New York City.

“I’ve never spoken out about it because I have to be the loyal good Aussie, who goes away and comes home.
“But I’m a really hard-working woman and people have to respect me for what I’ve done … my next call will be to Home And Away to ask them to pay me because nobody does more promotion for that f … ing show than me.”

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/melissa-george-has-meltdown-on-the-morning-show-after-hosts-mentioned-home-and-away/story-fn907478-1226514684954#ixzz2C0KFH4w

Melissa as an FYI respect is earned.  You can’t demand it.  I have so much more I could say but a wise friend has counselled me against it.  Take note Melissa.  When you have nothing nice to say its perhaps a good time to be quiet.

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