HAVING a thick skin has been Sophie Monk’s saving grace.
“I’ve been in the business 100 years. I’ve never really had any other job so it does feel like forever,” Monk tells BW magazine.
“I’ve got to have a thick skin or I wouldn’t be still doing this and I wouldn’t be able to smile, to be honest. It is pretty hard to get me. I’ve been through so much drama; your tolerance goes through the roof with it.”
From broken engagements to Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden and Jimmy Esebag, to dating Avatar’s Sam Worthington and surviving reality TV with her former Bardot band mates, Monk has weathered her share of controversies in what can only be described as a turbulent industry.
Understandably, the 37-year-old is straight to the point. It is how she rolls and why we love her.
Nothing is off limits when she sits down for a chat about her plans for the year ahead, both work and personal.
And 2017 is shaping up to be a good year, workwise, for Monk.
She continues work with radio station KIIS and shot a Pepsi commercial at the end of last year, as well as a game show for Channel Nine.
“I couldn’t pick which I love the most, TV or radio,” she says.
“I just like changing it up. I get so bored very quickly and also have commitment-phobia in every other area of my life.”
One highlight for the year ahead will be her partnership with NBC Universal and production company Matchbox on a satirical drama TV show.
Monk is writing, directing and is set to star in the pilot that aims to lift the lid on the reality TV genre, busting myths about the industry’s “glamour”.
“It is just really real reality,” she says.
“I want people to see behind the scenes is not glamorous. I am getting changed in the car half the time to get to a red carpet.
“I had to jump the fence at the ARIAs because no one was there to meet me and I went down the wrong way to come up the carpet. I was there with my bags, carrying them.
“People don’t get it, it is not glam. Even the Kardashians have to get changed in the car to go from one event to another. We make it look glamorous but we are all hanging around backstage in smelly stairwells or catering. I want to show all the behind the scenes.”