No Likey, No Lightey

The incredibly talented Anusha reveals all about her Take Me Out experience 

Posted: 13.03.15

The most popular dating show, Take Me Out is back for its seventh series. The show has seen engagements, marriages and children! We got chatting to Asiana model, singer, actress and business owner (is there anything she can’t do?) Anusha to get an insight into her time on the show.

Did you have fun on the show?
It was good fun; unfortunately I wasn’t there for very long so I didn’t get to spend much time with all the girls. But at the same time it was really, really nice because I’m still in touch with some of them and we go out now and then when I have time.

How was it spending time with Paddy McGuinness?
He was a little bit shorter in person! He was really lovely though, I only saw him twice as I was only on for two shows. It would have been nice to get to know everyone a bit more, but I was kind of on and then off!

You left your light on for Ross and you ended up being his ‘love at first light’, which meant that he took a liking to you right at the beginning, that must have been a good feeling!
I was very flattered! I didn’t expect it at all because I didn’t really think I’d be his type.

Why did you end up choosing him?
I don’t know how honest to be here… No I’m only joking! You know when you just get caught up in the moment and there was no reason for me to turn my light off. He was a really nice guy, he came across down to earth, willing to have a bit of fun and he wasn’t using any of those annoying lines. Ultimately, I’d say I left my light on because he wasn’t being too suave or too smart with his intro, he was just being real.

He ended up smashing the champagne glasses on the date, which looked a little awkward! Do you think he managed to save the date with his body popping?
Oh gosh! The whole environment is very awkward in general because you’ve got all of these cameras in front of you and you don’t really know the person you’re with, so conversation is quite difficult unless you have an immediate connection, which doesn’t really happen very often so it was all a little bit forced.

In the after show, The Gossip, you both got to dress up. You two definitely got the best outfits! Do you think him being dressed up as Batman made you fancy him a little more?
I was really happy with that! I’m not sure if I should say this but I think it was more the wine… Someone can get a little bit more attractive when you have a couple glasses of wine and you start seeing chemistry that isn’t there. So yeah, definitely after a few glasses, Ross just became more and more attractive I guess!

Things got a little awkward when he admitted he fancied Lauren… How did that make you feel?
He asked me if it was okay and I felt more awkward because of the fact that he was asking me about it. I mean I’d just met the guy so it didn’t bother me, but I just didn’t expect it. I guess you could say in terms of superficial stuff it worked, but when it came down to personality, there wasn’t much in common.

Do you still keep in touch?
Well you know what, he did stitch me up on The Gossip, the after show by saying I called him at 3am, but we’d been chatting on whatsapp before so it was just something completely innocent which he tried to put a spin on. I thought that was very crafty of him. That was the point where I thought he’s definitely not the kind of person I would want to date at all. I’m quite open minded but when someone goes out of their way to embarrass you on TV, I think that’s a little too far. It’s funny as well because he lives in Huddersfield and I’m from London, it would take about four, five hours.

A desperate booty call if it was one!
Can you imagine? I’m not very quick witted so when he said that, I wasn’t really sure what to say, so I just took it on the chin. Some people use TV shows to their advantage to make themselves look a little better and I do feel that he did that, he became a completely different person, really cocky and arrogant and I didn’t like that.

Who would be your ideal guy to come down in the love lift?
I like a manly man, someone very rugged who doesn’t care about their looks and is very driven in a business environment, someone with big goals.

You own your own coffee shop, how is that going?
I opened up the place at the beginning of this year and it’s been a really great experience. I’ve been working seven days a week to get the place running, so I do find it difficult to find time for anything else -but I have managed.

You also model, sing, act and design… A woman of many talents! What would you say was your favourite?
My favourite is singing, I think from a young, young age, I’d always wanted to sing. I’d been in the church choir, singing in my school talent shows and things like that. I’ve been recording covers because I just want to keep putting things out there. It’s one of those passions that I think if I could do this every day of my life, I’d be so happy.

How do you find the time to fit everything in?
I don’t! I guess it is just making sure you wake up on time and making sure the moments I’m awake count, by giving every hour I have structure and productivity.

You’ve modelled for us here at Asiana before, how did you find it?
Modelling with Asiana was great because it was one of my goals, since Asiana is the biggest Asian magazine and I thought that if I can do that then it’s at the top end. You guys were incredible to work with, Anisha was great to meet and my hair and make up was absolutely stunning! It was just a great experience throughout.

What would you say would be the highlight in your career so far?
My highlight wouldn’t be a specific thing, I’d say it’s just the fact that I‘ve been a go-getter and if I’ve wanted to do something I’ve never said I can’t do it. I’ve always said it’s one life you live and you have to make the most of it. I don’t want to be thinking in 20 years, I wish I did this or do that, I want to be able to say I did it, even if I failed - at least I tried.

You are a role model for young Asian girls looking to break into the industries you’ve worked in. What advice would you give them?
If you want to do something, then do it. It’s crucial for them to follow their dreams. To do that, self-love is very important, you can never move forward unless you believe in yourself. Beauty is always within, you’ve got make up and you’ve got amazing fashion, but if you want to be truly amazing and truly beautiful - it’s got to come from within.

Interview By Zahra Suleman

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