People

Jessie Ware explains why she dreams of being an effortless host

Posted by
Emma Ledger
Published

What will the singer and podcaster, 34, make of our existential questions?

What is the meaning of life? 

Who bloody knows? I’d love to know… food?!

What is the difference between right and wrong? 

Right is Marks & Spencer’s big cotton knickers, wrong is an edible G-string.

Where is your happy place? 

On the Greek island of Skopelos surrounded by loads of food and family members who aren’t annoying me at that particular time.

Nature or nurture?

Nurture, definitely.
 I try to nurture my two-year-old daughter even though she repeatedly tells me to “shoo”, a word I taught her to get rid of wasps and ants.

Is it more important to be liked or respected? 

This is torture! That’s really difficult, can I have a bit of both? I like being liked, but I think being respected is so important.

If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?

Kindness. But I think it may be other things I’m remembered for. Like being a hoarder, being neurotic, over-catering, over-ordering, the list is endless.

Who or what is your greatest love? 

Obviously my daughter but also food. It never lets me down. Apart from when I recently had 
a bad Burger King Whopper on the M1. It promised so much but didn’t pack enough of a punch.

When did you last lie? 

Today when I told my Ayurvedic doctor that I hadn’t eaten any gluten, when I had a slice of pizza last night. It was a thin slice though so it doesn’t really count. 

Does the supernatural exist? 

Absolutely. Coincidence doesn’t explain enough. Basically I’m scared of the dark and very worried that there’s
a ghost in my house.

Are you fatalistic? 

I’m a control freak so when things go wrong I like to put it down to fate so it’s out of my hands.

What is your greatest fear? 

Something bad happening to my loved ones.

Animals or babies? 

Babies. Although animals are more obedient. 

What talent do you yearn for? 

To play the drums. Or to be an effortless host, that is a real underrated talent. I’m neurotic and I flap so I don’t relax people.

Do you like to be complimented? 

Obviously, but then I’m very British about it and play it down quickly afterwards.

Do you have a high pain threshold? 

I like to think I do because I gave birth. In arguments with my husband I’ll say, “You’ll never understand because you haven’t been through childbirth,” and that trumps everything.

What book do you recommend most to others? 

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb [a vast novel that explores the relationship between twin brothers, one who suffers from schizophrenia], it’s a beautiful book.

Which lesson has been the hardest to learn? 

You can’t do everything, you can’t be everything. I certainly learnt that becoming a mum. 

Jessie recommends a modern great American novel, I Know This Much is True 

What food sums up happiness? 

Häagen-Dazs pralines and cream with some double cream.

What have you never understood? 

Philosophy. Answering questions like these! I feel like Homer Simpson, it makes my brain hurt.

What is the one thing you want to know before you die? 

That Larry David said yes to doing my podcast.

Are you scared of dying or what happens when you die? 

I’m more scared about who I leave behind, the burden of grief. My mum says she wants everyone sobbing and pounding the coffin at her funeral, and 
I feel I want something similar.

Quinoa or Quavers? 

I’m going to put my virtuous hat on and say quinoa, but Quavers are brilliant and I feel like they get ignored, like Wispa Golds.

Series 4 of Jessie and her mum Lennie’s podcast Table Manners is available now. Jessie’s new track Overtime is out now 

Images: Courtesy of press agency 

Topics

Share this article

Author

Emma Ledger

Recommended by Emma Ledger

  • People

    Idris Elba recalls childhood “trauma” that triggered his greatest fear

    From his thoughts on death, to the real love of his life, what will Idris Elba make of our existential questions?

    Posted by
    Moya Lothian-McLean
    Published
  • Fashion

    Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes reveals her greatest love in life

    From her thoughts on the meaning of life to her greatest fear, what will Zandra Rhodes make of our existential questions?

    Posted by
    Moya Lothian-McLean
    Published
  • People

    The eternal sunshine of Ellie Kemper

    The actress on working with Tina Fey and binge-watching game shows

    Published

Other people read

More from People

More from Emma Ledger