Vick Hope: ‘My most embarrassing moment? I taught a dance class and one of my chicken fillets fell out’


Vick Hope: ‘My most embarrassing moment? I taught a dance class and one of my chicken fillets fell out’

Vick Hope

The TV and radio presenter on talking too much, her lifetime fear of quicksand, and who would play her in the film of her life

Born in Newcastle, Vick Hope, 32, studied at Cambridge University. She spent a year at the Argentina Independent newspaper in Buenos Aires, before joining Radio 1, where she currently has three shows a week: Going Home With Vick and Jordan; Life Hacks; and The Official Chart: First Look. She is the author of two children’s books, presents the Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast, and hosted Vick Hope’s Breakfast Show, available on the ITV Hub. She lives in London and is engaged to the Scottish DJ Calvin Harris.

What is your greatest fear?
When I was growing up, I thought quicksand was going to be a much bigger fear to contend with on a day‑to-day basis. It hasn’t proved to be a bother yet, but there’s still time.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I can’t say no. I am a people-pleaser, and it means that I burn myself out because I take on too much.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I don’t like it when people manipulate your words, which sometimes happens in the tabloids.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I remember teaching a dance class for some year 7s when I was in sixth form, and one of my chicken fillets fell out. I quickly explained that they’re to make your boobs look a bit bigger, and ran out of the room.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
J-Lo, a foreign correspondent and, at uni, I assumed that someone would tap me on the shoulder and ask me to be in MI6, but it never happened.

Aside from a property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
When you can see on my face that I’m tired: puffiness around the eyes and dark circles.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Daniel Day-Lewis.

What is your most unappealing habit?
I talk a lot and have done since I was a child. Some people in my life love it, but I am sure there are a lot of people who hate it.

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
When I first started trying to become a reporter, I did a pilot for a show in Newcastle. We interviewed people in the street on a night out and a guy walked past and said, “It’s never going to happen for you.” That cut deep.

Would you choose fame or anonymity?

What was the last lie that you told?
I took my little brothers to Ibiza, and last night my mum said: “How was it?” I said: “All good.” That’s all she needs to know.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
My younger self. I told myself so often that I was not good enough, that I was not smart enough, that I was not interesting enough, that I was boring and ugly. I wasn’t kind to my body, and I did and said things to myself that I would never do or say to a friend.

Have you ever said ‘I love youand not meant it?
No: at the time I would have thought I meant it.

When did you last cry, and why?
This sounds so silly, but I cry with happiness all the time. I cry when my flowers open!

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who had a laugh.

Tell us a secret
Fortune cookies were invented in America.