Martine McCutcheon on the meaning of Christmas and the best festive film

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What will the singer and actor make of our thought-provoking festive questions? 

What is the meaning of Christmas?

It means different things to different people but for me it’s about having time with the people you love most and remembering those you have lost. I also like to go to church for midnight mass and connect to my more spiritual side. But mostly it’s the time I see my little boy Rafferty’s eyes fill with wonder at the magic of it all: it’s just priceless!

What is the difference between right and wrong?

Having a conscience helps you know the difference. 

Where is your happy place?

 Snuggled in bed with my husband and son watching movies and having lots of cuddles. 

Christmas Day or Boxing Day? 

Christmas Day. You can’t beat the excitement and the novelty of it all.

Is it more important to be liked or respected?

You can’t control what others think but it’s most important to like and respect yourself.

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

For making life a little more special and magical for people.

Martine making all our lives a little more magical in Love Actually.

What is the greatest Christmas film?

It’s A Wonderful Life. I watch it every year. It’s my moral compass and reminds me of what really matters.

When did you last lie?

This morning. I told my little boy he only had to go to nursery for an hour. He has a full day ahead, bless him. But once he’s there he absolutely loves it.

Does the supernatural exist?

Yes, it does. Some things can’t be explained, are not meant to be explained and never will be.

Are you fatalistic?

Yes. I really believe that we are here to learn certain lessons and to develop and grow as much as we can through certain key moments in life that are mapped out for us.

What is your greatest fear?

Not being with my son forever.

Animals or babies?

For a long time, I wanted children and my two dogs were my hairy babies! When Rafferty came along there was no feeling like it. He’s my ray of sunshine and he loves the dogs as much as I do.

What would you like to accomplish in 2019?

I’d like to learn French. I’ve always felt an affinity with all things French and strangely I sometimes dream in French. But when I wake up, I can’t speak it.

Do you like to be complimented?

As long as it’s genuine, flattery will get you everywhere with me.

Do you have a high pain threshold?

I do. The older I’ve got, the stronger I’ve become.

What book do you recommend most to others?

Silk by Alessandro Baricco. It’s a short but powerful love story that’s never left me.

Alessandro Baricco’s love story made a big impression on Martine.

Which lesson has been the hardest to learn?

That my own opinion of myself is what matters the most. It took me a while to realise this because I grew up in the public eye.

What food sums up happiness?

Chocolate. You can’t beat it.

What have you never understood?

Algebra. I just can’t get my head around it.

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

That I accomplished everything I was meant to personally and professionally. That I helped people switch off from their problems for a little while and that the world will be a better place when I leave it than when I arrived.

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

I know I’m not here forever and I’ve made peace with that. It’s the thought of leaving loved ones behind that makes me sad. My beliefs keep me strong as I truly know in my heart that I will be with them again. 

Mince pies or mulled wine? 

Neither. I like to celebrate Christmas with a nice chilled glass of pink champagne.

Martine’s album Lost And Found is out now; follow her on Instagram @martinemccutcheon; Love Actually is available to stream on Netflix now

Images: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock, Canongate


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