In Conversation With… Wendy Wason

Wendy WasonWendy Wason is an actress, stand-up comedian and writer. She lives in London with her husband, Stephen Hagan and her three children.

This year she is taking her 5th one-woman show to the Edinburgh Festival.

 

 

 

How did you end up doing the job you do?

After leaving University in Glasgow I worked for 6 months for a PR firm and it was so dreary, I thought “This can’t be it”. Then I got a job acting in Taggart and it changed everything.

What are you working on right now?
I am writing a new show for the Edinburgh Festival and trying out new bits of the show in comedy clubs. It’s very exciting.

Describe your first job
My first job was working in Next. I was so happy one minute then gutted the next when they told me I’d need to find 50 quid to buy my uniform.

What would was your B plan if this career didn’t work out?
There is no plan B. I might be something more realistic like an astronaut. I’m quite into nutrition and yoga, I could do that I suppose.

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Who or what has been your biggest source of inspiration to date?
My kids inspire me. They are all so different and brilliant. Exhausting but brilliant.

Who would you most like to work with?
I love Jennifer Saunders. I’d like to work with her. I’d like to be her really. Great career, happy marriage, doesn’t seem that arsed by it all.

Where do you feel most inspired?
I spent three months in Los Angeles a couple of years ago and wrote loads. I think the British winter is really crushing – especially when you’re trying to create something – and it goes on for sooo long. LA is sunny every day and it’s so easy to eat healthily there so I quite like it there.

What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be a marine biologist. I have a thing about dolphins.

Wendy Wason on stage

What advice would you give your children (or nieces/nephews/young people)?
I give my kids lots of advice. It’s really important to be kind. Random acts of kindness make everyone feel good, including yourself.
Also – don’t stand around blaming people, identify what went wrong and fix it.

What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
Take care of your body. You’ll need it for a while.

What are you most proud of?
I’m really proud of my children. I love hearing them laugh together.

What has been your career highlight to date?
Working on Sherlock was pretty cool. I love doing the Edinburgh Festival though. Being part of the biggest arts festival in the world is tremendous.

Which one thing would you like to change about your industry/working life?
I’d like a tardis or something that could get me places in five minutes. There is an awful lot of travel involved with being a comedian.

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What’s the biggest challenge you face in your day to day?
Setting aside time to write, exercise, look after kids and spend time with my husband is a challenge. I tend to make it through by the skin of my teeth.

Who is your favourite fictional female character?
I love Jo March from Little Women.

Right Now I’m…
Watching: The People Versus OJ.
Reading: ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’ by Murakami.
Listening to: The Foo Fighters. I saw them live last year and they are incredible.

Pass it on: Who would you most like to see featured on this blog?
Tara Flynn: @TaraFlynn
Irish actress, comedian. You’re Grand & Giving Out Yards author.
Sarah Benetto: @sarahbehnetto
Stand-up comedian, writer, radio-person, storyteller and wistful vagabond.
Lou Sanders: @LouSanders
Stand-up comedian. Edinburgh Show: http://tinyurl.com/zb2pdh7 Youtube http://tinyurl.com/otvl8a6

You can find Wendy at www.wendywason.co.uk
Twitter: @wendy_wason
Instagram: @woowas