ABBA radio is back

ABBA RadioABBA radio is back on Sirius Satellite Radio.

On December 12, Channel 3 becomes ABBA Radio, which will broadcast ABBA music 24/7 for one week and will feature all the hits originally performed by the group. The channel will also feature tracks from the original cast recording of the hit stage musical phenomenon, MAMMA MIA!. In addition, SIRIUS XM listeners will hear two-time Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth sing ABBA songs on the soundtrack to MAMMA MIA! The Movie; the film is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray Hi-Def on December 16.

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  1. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi Ian

    This is a Dominic Cooper section now!

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

    Mamma Mia! The Movie: Dominic Cooper, Super ‘Trouper’
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008; Posted: 10:07 AM – by Eddie Varley

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008; Posted: 10:07 AM – by Eddie Varley

    Theater audiences will recognize Dominic Cooper from his role as Dakin in the acclaimed 2006 Tony winning Best Play, The History Boys by Alan Bennett, a role he created from the drama’s very first reading and brought to the screen in the 2006 film adaptation (with stops in the UK, Sydney and Hong Kong along the way). His performance of the role on Broadway drew raves and the admiration of critics and fans alike, and he’s continued to surprise with the varied and inspired roles he’s done since on both the stage and screen. He’s also a celebrated graduate of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). This Friday the ever evolving 30 year old actor takes on the music of ABBA and the young romantic leading role of Sky in the big screen version of the mega musical, Mamma Mia!

    In the film, Sky is engaged to Sophie (Amanda Seyfried of “Mean Girls” and the HBO series “Big Love”), who is trying to find out which of three very different men (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth) is really her long lost father. Sophie sends out invitations for her wedding to the three men, pretending they are being sent by her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep).

    Mamma Mia! The Movie is directed by the woman who also did the same duty for the stage production, Phyllida Lloyd. Lloyd is best known for her work in the worlds of theater and opera. Because of her fierce dedication to the musical’s rock and roll roots the music in integrated into the story line and all the leading characters sing those classic ABBA songs with dramatic gusto. That very fact is one of the reasons that Cooper tried very hard to NOT audition for it, he likes to say he can’t sing a note, but seeing him in the film proves he’s wrong about that. He handles his songs with rakish charm and skill. The talented young actor called us here at to share the excitement and challenges of surrendering to the music and the pure joy of being a part of Mamma Mia!

    Eddie Varley: Thanks for taking the time to call, I saw the movie and thought it was a fantastic translation of the stage production, the audience was having as much fun as the cast seemed to be having on screen.

    Dominic Cooper: That’s great to hear, I think that’s what everyone was hoping for with it. When I first refused to audition for it when the call came in, and that’s totally a reflection on my complete lack of singing and dancing skills you know…

    EV: Hah, c’mon now!

    DC: Well when I eventually went in, I realized that you had to give in to the fun of the music, to that energy. You’ve got to really, really, really enjoy, to just serve that piece. That was the certainly the way I got through the audition, I just, you know, you go to it. It was great fun once I just let loose, but I must say I was surprised when I got the offer.

    EV: Two years ago did you ever think you’d be singing and dancing as Sky in the big screen version of Mamma Mia?

    DC: It’s the last thing I would ever have thought, the last thing in the world I ever thought that I’d be doing! I would have thought they’d have a professional performer who had that specific singing and dancing ability, that kind of casting, I would of never seen this happening!

    EV: But not only do you sing and dance quite well, it’s the very aspect of having such talented actors embracing these characters and the very theatrical music that helps it come off so natural. It’s not easy to learn to sing on screen in a natural manner, the way the mouth opens, the way you are using those facial muscles, must be different than when you are playing to the upper balcony on a stage.

    DC: Once I think we got over making fools of ourselves, Colin, myself, all of us in rehearsals, it became something special, you know when you have that moment of letting go. You try and keep it as real as possible.

    EV: What was the rehearsal process like, how wonderful to have had Phyllida Lloyd guide you all as she did the many actors who’ve played the roles in the stage productions. It doesn’t usually happen that way when it comes to stage to film adaptations.

    DC: She’s just brilliant isn’t she? We had about six weeks, a good period of time to rehearse it, but its difficult isn’t, that transition, that moment when a character is speaking and then suddenly they launch into song, its sometimes that awful moment, that bridge between the dialogue and the song. Watching someone like Meryl Streep, who commits to that moment, you see where that bridge is something you have to build up to, you take everything leading up to it and then carry it over. But, it is very, very difficult as you want it to be real, but watching Meryl just reach that moment, you learn you must believe it too. And sometimes the music isn’t necessarily connected to some big dramatic moment, but you still find some truth in those actions.

    EV: Plus you’ve also got the dancing to integrate with Mamma Mia!

    DC: Watching all the dancers, many who had done a stage production of Mamma Mia! in London, or somewhere, I became terrified, I mean they were standing around in these tights, with these dancers’ bodies, making these amazing moves, and here I was in a t-shirt and wrinkled pants, and Colin was in like black jeans next to me. I knew I had to work hard, there was instant pressure! Plus I didn’t know at first at how naked I was going to have to be in the film.

    EV: Haha, the road to the Greek Isles’ was full of epic obstacles!

    DC: Haha! You know, I was just looking at these dancers and seeing how fit they were, and I’m like a mashed potato and they were looking at me with such sadness as they stretched these perfect bodies you know doing endless push ups, so I knew I had to do something, but gyms are incredibly boring. So I went to someone who hooked me to this machine that vibrated at 53 million miles an hour, and I’m not sure what it did, but it helped me, the results worked out.

    EV: It did, you got yourself into amazing shape, and people are going to be seeking that machine out once they see the movie! And that transformation into Sky, you know the very fact that you did accept the role, and embraced it so intensely, it was a bold choice after some of your earlier roles, and certainly a huge change from Dakin from The History Boys. It’s also interesting that this is your second stage to screen adaptation of a very successful show, but the roles couldn’t be any different on every level.

    DC: I think it’s important to take things that challenge you, to push yourself and expand, which is something I think you always want to keep doing. I love experiencing different things, and taking on different types of roles, that’s what you hope you’ll always be doing as an actor. Always being able to learn and grow.

    EV: Well, with all these new dancing and singing muscles all warmed up, it’s time to push yourself and bring it to a stage!

    DC: Yeah, maybe I should be Sky for a little bit on stage, do it on Broadway, I would love to just see if I could, you know…

    EV: They’d love to have you I bet! Broadway loves to challenge and reward, c’mon back! Thanks for taking the time to chat, all the best on the film and congratulations on everything going forward Dominic.

    DC: Thank you, nice talking to you, bye Eddie.

    Meryl Streep leads the all-star cast in this feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical that has been seen by more than 30 million people in 160 cities and 8 languages around the world! Mamma Mia! brings the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group ABBA to movie audiences this Friday July 18th!

    The three women who created the worldwide smash stage hit—global producer Judy Craymer, writer Catherine Johnson and director Phyllida Lloyd—repeat their roles in bringing this joyful, musical story to the big screen. The Mamma Mia! film is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman.

    Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper join Streep in this celebration of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads.

    “An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends—practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski)—from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own,” explain press notes.

    Photo of Dominic Cooper by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

    Photos from the film courtesy of Universal Studios.

  2. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi Ian

    Some pictures of Dominic and Amanda!

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

  3. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Dominic Cooper cheated on me with his Mamma Mia! co-star Amanda but begged me to take him back, claims ex-girlfriend
    By Tamara Hardingham-gill
    Last updated at 12:34 PM on 20th January 2009

    The former girlfriend of Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper has spoken out about his relationship with co-star Amanda Seyfried.
    The pair, who play lovers Sky and Sophie in the blockbuster Abba movie, made headlines when it was revealed that they had been seeing each other behind his partner Joanna Carolan’s back.
    But the 28-year-old actress says that she is deeply fond of Seyfried, 23, and still speaks to her ex.

    Former love: Joanna Carolan, pictured with Dominic Cooper last year, says she has ended their relationship for good after his affair with co-star Amanda

    Take a chance on me: Dominic fell for Amanda while filming the Abba musical Mamma Mia!
    ‘I’ve cried a lot of tears… We still love each other, but we’re not together. I also care about Amanda: she’s young and vulnerable and has been upset by what’s been said,’ she says in an interview with Grazia magazine.
    Carolan, who dated 30-year-old Cooper for 12 years, says that although he has begged her to take him back, she is adamant that their relationship is over for good.

    More…Mamma Mia, Dominic, What a tricky love triangle

    ‘I’m no longer in love and can’t think about taking him back because I can’t be with a man who’d let me go through this.

    ‘It took Dom until three weeks ago to realise that it’s finally over, but we’re still in touch,’ she says.
    Carolan says that his relationship with Seyfried began when she told him that she thought they should take a break from each other.

    First love: Joanna says she has moved on but is still in touch with her ex

    ‘He didn’t want to but I insisted. He went off to Greece and I knew about Amanda straight away.

    ‘Dom didn’t tell me – I heard it from friends. I honestly thought it was a five-minute fling,’ she says.
    Despite her initial doubts Carolan, the former personal assistant of late playwright Harold Pinter, decided that she wanted to give their relationship another go after Cooper returned from Greece and he moved back in with her after the film had wrapped.
    They never discussed his relationship with Seyfried, but Carolan suspected that he was still seeing her.

    ‘During this time I even went to the Mamma Mia! premiere with Dominic. Of course Amanda was there and it was desperately awkward.

    New girl: Dominic out shopping with Amanda in LA earlier this month

    ‘They weren’t supposed to be seeing each other then but in my heart I knew that they were, and those were the hardest days.’
    In an interview last June, Seyfried spoke about her relationship with Cooper, she admitted that there were together during filming but insisted that they had split by the time the film was released.
    She told the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine: ‘I just found him funny and it was like we were the same person – except that he’s British, almost 30 and a man! We both look like frogs with our wide-set eyes, we’re both indecisive and neither of us has a lot of willpower.’
    When asked if he was still with Carolan, she said: ‘Not really…sort of. I shouldn’t talk about it really because I don’t even know.
    ‘But you know, it was 12 years; he’ll probably end up with her. He’s my best friend and I want nothing but the best for him.’
    Carolan says that she took it for granted that Cooper – who shot to fame as Mr Willoughby in the 2007 TV version of Sense And Sensibility – would end his affair with his co-star and commit to her – but he continued to see her.

    ‘He was still always flying off to L A where she lives and I know Dom – he’s someone who needs a bosom as a pillow.’

    ‘By then it did feel like betrayal. I realised I was becoming a victim and I refused to be that woman.’
    Carolan says it was at this point that she decided to end her relationship with her childhood sweetheart for good and insists she has no regrets.
    ‘You have to decide whether you can put up with that – and I couldn’t.’

  4. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Its Official: Mamma Mia! stars Coupled Up!
    Friday 8:42 PM, 03/04/2009

    Like the movie showed us, these two have great chemistry!

    We have told you about the rumours of a real life love match between Amanda Seyfreid and Dominic Cooper before, but now there is proof! The two Mamma Mia! co-stars were spotted out on a romantic dinner date last night in LA. There is no longer the excuse of Mamma Mia promotional work to hide behind, so congrats you too, we think you are a very cute couple!

  5. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Mamma Mia singing stars Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried ditch their lovers for each other By Beth Neil 22/01/2009

    The romance that lit up hit movie Mamma Mia – both on and off screen – is proving anything but a fairytale for its innocent victim.

    Dominic Cooper, who plays six-pack hunk Sky, and Amanda Seyfried his screen bride-to-be, are together again… this time, it seems, for good.

    But unlike their heartwarming on-screen love, the pair’s real affair has left a trail of bitterness and misery in its wake.

    Dominic’s girlfriend of 13 years, Joanna Carolan, 30, has been left to pick up the pieces of their life together.

    Joanna finally broke her silence this week to reveal her grief and sadness about the end of her romance with Dominic, who was her teen sweetheart.

    She was not the only casualty – Amanda’s two-year relationship with musician and actor Jesse Marchant also broke down in the wake of the co-stars’ fling.

    Joanna knew Dominic and Amanda had a brief affair on location in Greece but as far as she was concerned it ended when he flew home to London – and moved back into the flat they shared.

    But while she dreamed of marriage and kids, it seems Dominic didn’t share her plans. And she was devastated to learn Dominic had continued his relationship with Amanda.

    Joanna says: “I’ve cried a lot of tears and have woken up to the reality that the future I wanted is never going to happen.

    “Life changes, people change and success does things to people. You have to decide whether you can put up with that – and I couldn’t.”

    Mamma Mia, the Abba-inspired blockbuster also starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, was one of the biggest hits of 2008, and became the best-selling DVD ever.

    Rumours that Brit star Dominic, 30, and American Amanda, 23 – who passionately embrace in that beach scene – were real-life lovers began circulating a year ago when they were spotted in a clinch at a restaurant in Bath. Around the same time, Dominic hinted all was not well with Joanna.

    “I’d love to know someone who’s been in a relationship for that long,” he said, “and still has passion.” Ouch.

    But it was soon revealed that Dominic and Amanda’s romance had fizzled out and Joanna was prepared to forgive and forget. And that was that, apparently.

    Now Joanna, former PA to the late Harold Pinter, has decided to put the issue straight. Yes, Dominic and her were on a brief break when Dominic left for Greece in summer 2007 – so they could reassess where their relationship was going.

    But she imagined they would spend their future together. There was too much history, too much love to call it quits…

    After all, she and Dominic were childhood sweethearts. They had their own flat and they were going to get married and start a family. He wouldn’t give all that up for a dalliance with a co-star seven years his junior… Joanna had heard about Dominic and Amanda’s liaison through friends, but assumed “it would be a five-minute fling”.

    When he returned, Joanna said she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. He told her he wanted that too.

    “I completely believed him,” she says. “But I took it for granted he’d end it with Amanda. He’d say he had and then I’d hear through friends he hadn’t.”

    In the end, feeling betrayed, Joanna decided to end things for good. “I had to kick him out,” she tells Grazia magazine this week. “I’m no longer in love and can’t think about taking him back. I can’t be with a man who’d let me go through this.”

  6. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008
    Is Dominic Cooper the next big heartthrob?
    The British actor, who appears in ‘Mamma Mia!’ has been compared to Colin Firth.
    San Francisco Chronicle
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    Dominic Cooper has a short résumé in theater and film but it is nonetheless impressive, and with his brooding good looks, he just may be the next British heartthrob to make it big in United States.

    After all, Cooper was the object of desire in “The History Boys” and co-stars with Keira Knightley in the forthcoming movie “The Duchess.” And on Friday, he can be seen as the adorable and buff fiance Sky in the movie adaptation of “Mamma Mia!,” the popular musical that features the songs of ABBA.

    “I don’t think I’m handsome,” Cooper says by phone from Berlin, where he attended a premiere of “Mamma Mia!” the night before. “I look like a root vegetable on the screen. Wait until you see ‘The Duchess.’ I wear the most ludicrous wigs – next to Keira, I look like a turnip.”

    Although Cooper, 30, believes he is lacking in the looks department, the only root in his future right now will be from his fans.

    Cooper first came to the attention of Americans when he played Dakin in Alan Bennett’s Tony-winning play “The History Boys,” adapted for the screen in 2006. He also made a splash as Willoughby in Masterpiece Theatre’s “Sense and Sensibility,” and played opposite Scottish actor James McAvoy in “Starter for 10.” But “Mamma Mia!” is the first movie he’ll appear in that has big box-office possibilities and worldwide notice, as well as a star-studded cast headed by Meryl Streep, whom Cooper said had a big influence on him.

    “When you stop learning is when you stop being in the theater,” Cooper said. “You just learn such a great deal from her. How Meryl tries things out is just fantastic. She explores the text in a way to make it work in her favor.

    “So does Richard Griffiths,” Cooper adds, referring to the star of “The History Boys.” “They make it so natural.”

    In “Mamma Mia!,” Sky is engaged to Sophie (Amanda Seyfried of “Big Love”), who is trying to find out which of three men (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth) is her father. Sophie, pretending to be her mother, Donna (Streep), sends wedding invitations to the three men. Donna’s two best friends (Christine Baranski and Julie Walters) also come to the Greek island, where the wedding will be held at Donna’s inn.

    Throughout the film, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, best known for her work in theater and opera, the music of ABBA is integrated into the story line. At first, Cooper was concerned about singing and dancing — he almost didn’t audition because of that, but found out he wasn’t alone.

    “None of us pretended we were good singers or dancers,” said Cooper, who grew up in Greenwich, England, and honed his craft at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. “We were totally unequipped. You could see that look of fear, but we had to embrace it and go for it.

    “I thought my singing and dancing were hateful,” he jokes, “but most people who’ve seen the movie think it’s good.”

    Despite Cooper’s disclaimer that he can’t sing, he does acknowledge a love of music and his own interpretation of ABBA.

    “I had this secret desire to be a rock star,” Cooper says. “And I was going to be the leading vocalist. I had a girlfriend then who pushed me into wearing a fur coat, and there’s a video of me singing an entire track of ‘Money, Money, Money’ in a fur coat when I was 13.”

    Although Sky is a small part, Cooper’s time on the screen is memorable. With his dark hair and good looks, he’s drawn comparisons to Firth.

    “He jokes that he hates my being tabbed the next Colin Firth,” Cooper says. “I get along really well with Colin. He has a very dry sense of humor, and I have a long way to go to be like him.”

    Cooper doesn’t want to be known as that brooding guy, and he has already gone against type in some forthcoming films. For a BBC production of “God on Trial,” about Jewish inmates at Auschwitz who question God, Cooper shaved his head. And he’s very proud of “The Escapist,” co-starring Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes, in which Cooper plays a convict who is part of a prison escape plan.

    “It was shot in 26 days,” he says. “So rushed and so brilliant.”

    Cooper’s enthusiasm is evident in everything he talks about. He has fond memories of all of his work – and especially of “Mamma Mia!”

    “Being six weeks on a Greek island and working with all these people was incredible. I felt we were part of something truly special. After we got over the barriers of making great fools of ourselves, it was more fun than anything else. Everyone who collaborated on it was wonderful. We’re all part of the outcome. I think we proved ourselves.”

  7. Samuel Inglles Says:

    DOLLY chats to Dominic Cooper from Mamma Mia!
    Thursday, July 10, 2008
    This month we’ve developed a rather sizable crush on Mr Dominic Cooper after watching him sing and dance his butt off in the must-see musical movie epic Mamma Mia! DOLLY’s entertainment editor, Emma Vidgen was lucky enough to catch up with him for a bit of a yarn while he was in Sydney this week. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!
    What went through your head when you got the call asking to get involved in Mamma Mia! I mean, it’s a musical and it’s based around ABBA songs.
    They asked me whether I could sing or not, and I said no and then I didn’t get a phone call again, and I thought mercy, I wonder what that was for? Then I did get a phone call again and they said are you sure you can’t sing because they’re making a film of Mamma Mia! I recognised the name, I hadn’t seen the show, but I knew the director, and I really liked her work, and I thought, “Come on, take a risk, be daring. Go on make a fool of yourself!”

    So what did you have to do for an audition?
    I went into the room, and I sang what I thought was pretty badly. There was a keyboard in the corner that played music by itself. It was amazing and a bit scary. I sang ‘Lay Your Love On Me’, which is the song I sing in the film. Then I found out I got the part; it was pretty exciting. I got help immediately with my singing.

    So you weren’t a singer as such before this?
    Singing has always been a challenge; it was always an issue of not having that confidence in myself. I remember at drama school being told not to go near musicals, because I lacked any rhythm or vocal talent, so it was something I never thought I would be doing. But then suddenly you find yourself in a studio with Benny and Bjorn singing their music. That was extraordinary but again very exciting.

    So you were an ABBA fan, then?
    I couldn’t possibly ever admit to being an ABBA fan, because I’m sure I was wearing tight black jeans and looking like [the Cure’s] Robert Smith and trying to be gothic in a band. I don’t think it would have ever been good for the band’s reputation. But an ex-girlfriend had a video tape of me singing ‘Money, Money, Money’ and knowing all the lyrics, so I obviously was a bit of a fan.

    What was your favourite number to perform?
    My favourite was probably the duet that I sung, it was deeply embarrassing the whole time, but I think it’s just one of those things you have to embrace.

    You look like you were having fun, did you get up to mischief while you were shotting in the Greek Islands?
    We were messing around a lot during the filming because the hard work had sort of been done. We had recorded the songs, and worked out the dances and then we had this kind of working holiday.

    What advice would you give to any DOLLY readers who are interested in getting into acting?
    Well I was always told that I would never be working which is unfortunately often the sad truth for this type of career. It’s very difficult because there are lots and lots of people that I know who are extremely talented actors — friends who I went to drama school with — who aren’t working as actors. But that’s no reason to be put off by it.

    If you love it, you must follow it and stick at it, because you never know when it may happen. It is pretty tough; you must be able to accept rejection pretty well. Like anyone who goes for a job and misses out, it’s hard, but it does seem a little more critical exposing yourself that little bit more, putting yourself on the line.

    Lastly, I want to take my boyfriend to see Mamma Mia! Give me one good reason I can tell him to see it.
    For the guys it will be excruciating for a while then you will wonder what you’re doing, but then unfortunately you’re going to have a really good time. And, you know, it doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not, this film. It just is a fantastic night out — even if you watch all us guys make fools of ourselves, is worth going for. But the music no matter what you think of it, no matter what you say about it, it’s extremely good fun. And it’s a beautiful, heartfelt story.

    Mamma Mia! is in cinemas now.

    Interview by Emma Vidgen

  8. Samuel Inglles Says:


    July 14, 2008 —

    “MAMMA Mia!” actress Amanda Seyfried and her screen “fiancé,” Dominic Cooper, disappointed gay activists in LA who were expecting their participation in Outfest, a film festival for the homosexual and transgender sets. The actors were expected to walk the red carpet, pose for pictures and do interviews before introducing the movie musical, which features Meryl Streep singing ABBA tunes. But at the last minute, Outfest’s p.r. man, Carl Larsen, received an e-mail: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the red-carpet arrivals . . . have been canceled.” Larsen said, “I was taken by surprise. There was no explanation.” Another observer fumed, “Outrageous! How can [Seyfried] diss the gays like that? This is our movie!” A rep for Universal said, “This was never a red-carpet event. She volunteered to come and introduce the movie and did a great job. There was never a red carpet for her to walk.”

  9. Samuel Inglles Says:


    25 June 2008 07:01

    British actor DOMINIC COOPER almost rejected a role in movie musical MAMMA MIA! until he realised his big-name co-stars were just as clumsy as him.

    The 30-year-old star plays Sky in the film adaptation of the hit ABBA-inspired musical – and admits he had to be convinced by his agent to accept the over-the-top role.

    He says, “All I could think was, `How much spandex and ladies’ platforms (shoes) will this involve?'”

    But Cooper’s fears were soon quelled after he found himself surrounded by the all-star cast – including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth – and realised he wasn’t the only one who was rhythmically-challenged.

    He says, “Let me tell you, Meryl’s Greek step was not up to scratch, and Pierce Brosnan showed up in loafers on the first day.
    “Everyone had two left feet, so we ended up just laughing at each other.”

    Dominic Cooper
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    Mama Mia’s Dominic Cooper chats to CLEO about singing, Aussie girls and his ideal first date…

    How did you land the role in Mama Mia?
    I got a phone call while I was in Dublin working on a film called ‘The Escapist’ asking if I wanted to audition for it.

    I knew who the director was and I’d seen a lot of her out-of-theatre work in London. I thought I couldn’t miss this opportunity to go meet her and chat, so I went for the audition.

    Let’s talk a little about the movie. What was it like filming the scene where you were singing ‘Lay your love on me’ in a bathing suit? Was it fun or was it awkward?
    Well, we had done quite a lot of work in the rehearsal room, but it’s never quite the same when you find yourself half naked on a beach.

    The water was quite cold that day, and we had to re-work a lot of the scenes because of this huge tree floating in the water. I think there’d been a storm!

    And that’s when I realised it’s quite awkward trying to look like you’re franticly involved with someone while you’re singing and trying to do the dialogue right and jumping off rocks at the same time.

    But all in all it was very enjoyable and we had a lot of fun working on it. The choreographer and director were just brilliant so it was actually a lot of fun doing it.

    So after Mama Mia, was it a strange feeling going from ABBA to 18th century in the Duchess?
    It was a little bit weird but fortunately I never got mixed up. I never got confused in which part I was doing. But it was very interesting to do something so unbelievably different.

    Did you have to work at getting into the right head space between two projects that are so vastly different?
    When you’re playing a historical figure, you’ve got a lot of research to do and then finally, you’re on these fantastic locations which really make you inhabit the role.
    It’s just such a different thing all together, you know, dancing and singing, to that.

    Back to the singing and dancing – rumour has it that when you were 14, your girlfriend used to dress you in her clothes and film you singing, is that true?
    Yes. And they weren’t really her clothes…they were her mother’s.

    Her mother’s wardrobe had things with all kinds of lavish fake fur and I was actually kind of gothic at the time, and trying to be cool in a band. I loved INXS and was trying to be like them.

    And then I had a girlfriend who was trying to make me go down the ABBA road. Basically she has this video tape of me singing and knowing all the lyrics to the ABBA songs. It’s quite embarrassing, really.

    In Mamma Mia you’re engaged to a blonde girl – in real life what kind of woman are you attracted to?
    In real life? I never really live in the real world so I’m not quite sure [laughs]. Actually, I’m very attracted to Australian woman. They’re very humorous, prepared to say what they think and up for a good time.

    Have you had any interesting experiences in Australia?
    Absolutely! I was in Sydney for a while when I worked on a play. There were just really beautiful, friendly people there that I’ve stayed in touch with so I have very fond memories and feelings towards that city. It was very nice to go back there when we were opening Mamma Mia.

    What’s your favourite kind of date when you decide to take a girl out?
    Well recently I’ve been going on dates where I’ve been climbing bridges and some of them haven’t been all that successful…

    Ok, seriously, you know what? Sometimes a cosy evening is nice, or a date where there’s laughter involved, like seeing something entertaining or just doing ridiculous things somewhere.

    On your first date you want to talk, you want to be able to communicate. I mean, sometimes going to dinner with somebody you just met can be a bit awkward. So doing something a bit unusual could be fun, something where you can chat or laugh about what you’re involved in.

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