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14 January 2009 @ 07:49 pm
Interesting Info from new Billie article ...  
... namely that her status is being bumped up to executive producer on the third season of Secret Diary.
For the third season, which will go into production soon, Piper will be elevated to an executive producer. De Souza said Piper was, "funny and smart. She sits in [with the writers] and comes up with ideas. That's going to be great." She added that she felt Piper being elevated to this position was a natural progression, noting that in the first year, they initially didn't know Piper well, but by the second season, the writing was done with her personality in mind. As de Souza put it, there'd be times they'd think "Oh, Billie will really get this joke. Let's do it this way." Piper said that the show was such an interesting subject matter and she had so bonded with the role and the producers, that "it just seemed, personally, a nice, natural place to go." She added, "I didn't have to fight too well [to get the producer role], which was nice," to which de Souza replied, "No, not at all! It would have been a pain in the neck if Billie were a pain in the neck.'
Billie Piper Discusses Life as a Call Girl
The Doctor Who star talks about Season 2 of Secret Diary.
by Eric Goldman

Billie Piper was on hand today at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote the second season of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which will make its American debut on Showtime this Sunday. Clips from Season 2 were shown, in which Piper's call girl character Belle/Hannah meets a new love interest – one she becomes very close with, even as she continues to keep it secret from him what she does for a living. In the meantime, her professional life is threatened by Bambi, a young new prostitute who angers Belle by trying to take her clients from her. One memorable moment has Belle asked what her personal skills are, and she replies, "I can put a condom on without using my hands."

Asked if fans have reacted to her differently since the show began, Piper replied with a smile, "Men don't come anywhere near me anymore. They seem so threatened by me now. They just stare for ages, like I'm going to do something wild and raunchy. Much to their disappointment, that never happens." She also added, "Lots of guys ask me sex based questions, so it's an interesting place to be!"

Secret Diary is based on the blog and book by a real life British escort, and Piper said that when it came to taking the role, "I read the bits of the blog and then the book, and I thought it would be a lot of fun." She said that her friends and family were "concerned about my mental state" when she took the role, "but they got over it quickly"

Piper and the show's producer, Rebecca de Souza, both noted that Piper is quite famous in England, with a career going back to her childhood, which meant the reaction to her taking this racy role was fairly notable there. De Souza said that considering Piper's "perception as a girl next door darling, to take this role was a really bold move." Piper said that she did feel taking the role "Changed perceptions. That's a good thing."

For the third season, which will go into production soon, Piper will be elevated to an executive producer. De Souza said Piper was, "funny and smart. She sits in [with the writers] and comes up with ideas. That's going to be great." She added that she felt Piper being elevated to this position was a natural progression, noting that in the first year, they initially didn't know Piper well, but by the second season, the writing was done with her personality in mind. As de Souza put it, there'd be times they'd think "Oh, Billie will really get this joke. Let's do it this way." Piper said that the show was such an interesting subject matter and she had so bonded with the role and the producers, that "it just seemed, personally, a nice, natural place to go." She added, "I didn't have to fight too well [to get the producer role], which was nice," to which de Souza replied, "No, not at all! It would have been a pain in the neck if Billie were a pain in the neck.'

De Souza noted that they've consulted with many escorts to research Secret Diary. She said that included the real Belle, remarking, "A lot of people thought she didn't exist. They thought she was a publishing scam just to sell the book. But she is indeed a real escort. We had meetings with her. She looks at the scripts and gives input." However, she said there's not too much access, because the real Belle, who has retired from prostitution, is very protective of her true identity.

For ongoing consultation, de Souza said, "We look online for prostitutes," saying it was a bit of a challenge to find the right ones, since "more are not like Belle," noting many have much darker reasons for being in that line of work - as opposed to Belle, who simply enjoys sex and chose this life. "We dad to find women who were like Belle, so I found English, educated, 300 quid an hour girls."

Piper said these women were, "Very candid. They'll take you to their flat and take you through their evening – 'This is where we have drinks. This is where I offer what toys I have.'" Piper and de Souza said they even had one escort who "offered her services to the writers" for the night, in the name of research, but the writers were "too shy."

The conversation turned to the nudity on the show, with Piper admitting, "If you've got to bare your ass on TV, you don't want it to look bad." De Souza recalled a meeting they had with the network when the show was first being developed, in which what could and couldn't be shown was discussed, with de Souza saying the only real decree was, "All I need to say to you is, we can't really see 'the lady garden.'" Said Piper with a laugh, "Thank god!"



Source

Seriously, I love Billie, she cracks me up and she's so down to earth about it all. This was a nice, more in-depth article about her and the show than I'm used to seeing, and it featured some new info. "The lady garden" bit was especially hilarious.
 
 
 
Marina: billie closeupjavabreeze on January 15th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Wow. That's awesome that she's now an executive producer. I like that she has a lot of creative input into the show.
Arabian: Billie Piper_01arabian on January 15th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Me too, and frankly, I'm not surprised. Due to how well she plays her characters, it wouldn't surprise me at all to know that she does put thought into why they're in the places they are.
Neth: DW Roseneth_dugan on January 15th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Go Billie!

She's a smart woman, and in many ways a perfectly normal woman or perhaps even more down to earth. The fact she's famous hasn't gone to her head, she leads a mostly normal life but she still goes to work and does this fantastic stuff.... so I'm glad to see she's getting to flex more creative muscles. Hope she enjoys it cause she sure will learn a lot.

That said, I hope she doesn't go down the road some actors do when the start producing/directing and start doing more and more of that and less and less acting.


As one of the few real women capable of holding the status and image she does it'd be a shame if she left our TV screens.


But yeah, go Billie!
Arabian: Rose_Thinkingarabian on January 15th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
She's a smart woman, and in many ways a perfectly normal woman or perhaps even more down to earth. The fact she's famous hasn't gone to her head, she leads a mostly normal life but she still goes to work and does this fantastic stuff.
Yes, I agree completely. She's just so real, while still being uber-talented and incredibly gorgeous and awesome.

I, too, hope this doesn't mean that we'll see less of her onscreen, but she's always said that (career-wise) acting is her passion, so ....
bubbles234: Gay for Billie 2bubbles234 on January 15th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I loves her, I do. She's just so *cute!*
Arabian: Billie Piper_02arabian on January 15th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
She's adorable!!
starlightmoonla: Billie Piperstarlightmoonla on January 15th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
That is great news! :D
Arabian: Billie Piper_03arabian on January 15th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
I know; I'm really looking forward to S3 now even moreso.
Jenny: Billie: specs of an adorable naturefiery_twilight on January 15th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Aww, that's fantastic! Good for her!
Arabian: Billie Piper_04arabian on January 15th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Agreed. It really looks like things are kicking on all cylinders for her. Yay!
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Arabian: Dr Who (9) - Victorianarabian on January 15th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
Yup.

And, yay, iconlove! I ADORE "The Unquiet Dead," I think it's my favorite series one episode (I haven't rewatched PotW yet, so I can't say for sure).
Kammi: Rose of the Bravekammgirl on January 15th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
That is so awesome. I love that her star continues to rise. Heh I want to be there when she comes back to the US to promote S2.
Arabian: Dr Who (10)arabian on January 15th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
Me too. As much as I love SDoaCG, I kinda hope that after the break she does something else (if possible) so that we can see her do something again outside of Rose and Hannah/Belle.
Principiaprincipia on January 15th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
The "lady garden". BWAH!
Arabian: Billie Piper_05arabian on January 15th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
I know!! And Billie's response cracked me up. So her.
Flying Mint Bunny: normal 57haro on January 15th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
She is quite lovely. I really need to watch Secret Diary.
Arabian: Rose_smilearabian on January 15th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
Yes, you must. It really is awesome. Billie, of course, makes it a million times better, but I think I'd really, really enjoy it even if she wasn't the star. It's so very good.
Timeladywitch: billie laughing top geargothcat1969 on January 15th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Go Billie! :)
Arabian: Billie Piper_01arabian on January 15th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Uh huh!!!
Diana: Dare Ya -- Billie Piperbutterfly on January 15th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
That's really an adorable article. And good for Billie on the exec. producer bit!
Arabian: Billie Piper_01arabian on January 15th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
Agreed; and it was nice reading an article with some heft to it on her (as opposed to the zillion of slightly trashy UK tabloid-ish articles on her).
JCAPPS, INCOGNITO.: Billsthistwilight on January 15th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Billie is just amazing, really. ♥
Arabian: Dr Who (10) - Impossible Planetarabian on January 15th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
Agreed. :D
killingfrost87killingfrost87 on January 15th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
I'm so excited for this season now. I love that she has input :-D
Arabian: Veronica_Anime-Stylearabian on January 15th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
I know; I'm even more excited for series 3 now.
Gwynevere1gwynevere1 on January 16th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the article.
Arabian: Idinaarabian on January 17th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
You're welcome. :)