LONDON: Many actresses have no-nudity clauses in their contracts – and try their best to keep their kit on, reported British daily The Sun on Thursday.
Not Kelly Brook.
When she realised the script for her new film had no scenes requiring her to strip off, she insisted one was added.
The 32-year-old star was amazed at the omission because she admits she is most famous for appearing in her underwear.
Talking exclusively to The Sun about Keith Lemon: The Film — in which she plays herself — Kelly waxes lyrical about the moment she walks down a corridor in only her lingerie.
The stunning vision appears on screen when failed Yorkshire businessman Keith Lemon’s randy imagination goes wild.
Lemon is the creation of comic actor Leigh Francis, who first captured the attention of audiences with his character Avid Merrion and the TV show Bo’ Selecta!.
Kelly said: “I got the script — but there was no part where I was in underwear.
“There was nothing remotely like that. It was always Keith referencing sexy things. So I said to Leigh, ‘You have not got one scene where I am in my underwear, which is probably what I am most famous for in the UK.’
“He goes, ‘Well, we didn’t want to ask you.’ And I was like, ‘Listen, I think you should do it. When I walk down the corridor, you can put me in slow-mo, give me a wind machine and let me do my thing.’”
Director Paul Angunawela, who co-wrote the movie with Leigh, did not think they had time for Kelly to slip off her dress — but her fans will be happy that she managed it.
Kelly added: “I was thinking, ‘Why am I trying to sell it to them?’ Most actresses try to talk themselves out of these scenes — but that’s where I am generous. I felt the movie needed more girls.
“But it did help that I got to plug my Kelly Brook New Look lingerie. There was something in it for me.
“Leigh wanted Anna Friel for the role but she wasn’t available. I just want to get paid. I’m still waiting.”
There is nothing that the star likes more than playing up to her image as a sexy woman who is not taken seriously.
In 2010 she was in the tongue-in-cheek horror movie Piranha 3D, which took a respectable £53million at the box office.
Kelly said: “I love being on set, I love working in films, I love working on TV. I am lucky — every year I get a goody.
“I am not doing too badly for someone who is not an actress.”
Kelly did go to stage school for three years — and is great fun in the new movie, out tomorrow.
She said: “Of course I’m an actress — but I think people have a hard time calling me one.
“I am not sure what qualifies you to call yourself an actress.
“I went to acting school, I have had two West End plays, 12 films and a handful of TV shows and I still can’t call myself an actress, apparently.
“They see all the glamour girls and me on the cover of magazines.”
The busty beauty has been the body of Ultimo underwear and posed in the top-shelf Playboy magazine. But she seems to lose jobs almost as frequently as she loses her clothes.
She lasted just six months as the co-host of The Big Breakfast in 1999 and just a week as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.
When Keith first meets her in the film he quickly reminds her of it.
But Kelly does not mind being the butt of the joke.
She said: “What Keith says is what people think. He says, ‘I saw you on Britain’s Got Talent and you got sacked. I saw you on The Big Breakfast and you got sacked.’
“And I think that maybe when people meet me that’s what they think. That’s what people read. Your whole life is condensed down to that.”
Perhaps because of that, Kelly’s feet have remained on the ground.
She said: “Before I get a chance for fame to go to my head I get fired.
“I don’t last long enough on TV shows for it to go to my head. I come back to earth really quickly.
“So perhaps it is a blessing in disguise that I have never got too big-headed. I have soon had to go, ‘Ooh, I’m unemployed again. Where is my next job coming from?’” Kelly is dating former rugby player Thom Evans. Previous boyfriends include actors Jason Statham and Billy Zane and former England rugby star Danny Cipriani.
But she insists she has never gone out with anyone for their wealth or fame.
She said: “I could so easily be that person. I get so much access to parties and men with ridiculous amounts of money and fame.
“There are all those temptations. I have had lovely high-profile boyfriends in my time but there has always been a genuine reason I have been there. Fortunately, I have been able to carve out my own career and I’ve never really needed anybody for anything.
“That’s the great part of being independent.
“So as silly as I come across, I am quite a savvy, independent woman underneath it all.”
Kelly believes that the changing fortunes of her love life have been more interesting than the roles she has had on screen.
She said: “Because of the appetite for celeb culture, for the past ten years so much of my private life and experiences have been much more entertaining than the movies I have made. The focus has been on that.
“People want to know what you are wearing, who you are dating, what toothpaste you use, what you eat in the morning, especially with Twitter.”
Kelly is a regular user of the social networking site, tweeting about her life, loves and interests.
During the Olympics she showed her fascination for Britain’s bronze medal-winning diver Tom Daley when she wrote: “After watching the sunset, now watching Tom Daley — not sure which is prettier.”
Kelly, who attended the opening ceremony of the London Games, added: “Tom Daley was a lot prettier, I think.”
Unlike many other celebrities, she has not been affected by the growing problem of abusive trolls on Twitter.
If anyone writes nasty messages, she simply ignores them.
She said: “I skip over those bits. I only read the complimentary bits. You know people say don’t read your own press. Don’t believe the good, don’t believe the bad.
“Well, I only read the good and only believe the good.”
You look pretty good to us, Kelly.