Pamela Anderson's visit to Liverpool to promote Aladdin at the Empire Theatre
After reviewing Hairspray at the Liverpool Empire (loved Michael Starke as Edna Turnblad) and popping into the aftershow party at the Liner Hotel for an hour (chocolate fountain with strawberries - yum), I was up early to write a feature on the five local artists shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize.
Then it was straight in a cab (wet hair and no make-up - not my usual attire but I was in a rush) back to the Empire for a press conference with Pamela Anderson Baywatch babe and star of the theatre's Aladdin pantomime this Christmas.
It's not like Pammie to blend in but yesterday she was wearing a claret-coloured jumpsuit, which matched the theatre's carpet perfectly. Apart from her big hair and even bigger smile, she was tiny - easy to imagine she could actually fit into Aladdin's bottle when she transforms into the Genie this December.
Just a few things to add to my interview in today's paper, which covers her craving for chips and vinegar, Christmas without her children and her animal rights work...
Anderson wants to take panto to Las Vegas: "The most common thing I find about pantomime while I'm here is everyone says 'America doesn't get it, this is so different, this is so out there'. Actually, maybe it's because I'm Canadian but I completely got it and I loved it. I think it would do really well in America. I think it should be a Vegas show."
She has no problem understanding Scouse accents: "I've been able to understand everyone just fine. Everyone said you're not going to be able to understand anybody when we get to Liverpool. It hasn't been that bad."
She has already met the Lord Mayor of Liverpool: "She was very nice. I signed something for her son that she's going to bribe him with another time. Very sweet."