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Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella interview

Sophie Kinsella

Interview by Rob Carnevale

SOPHIE Kinsella talks about the experience of turning her novel Confessions of a Shopaholic into a big Hollywood movie starring Isla Fisher and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. She also reveals her surprise at just how involved she got to be in bringing it to the big screen.

Q. What was it like watching your book come to life as a movie?
Sophie Kinsella: It’s just been amazing and completely surreal. It’s such an adventure and such a treat. I’m just the luckiest girl alive because I could just sit on the set and watch these guys bringing my story to life, and being so witty, entertaining and just brilliant. So, it’s been a dream… it really has.

Q. What was the last thing you bought with a credit card?
Sophie Kinsella: It would have to be a bright pink dress which I bought this week and wore last night. It was a fine investment!

Q. There seems to be a new genre of films concentrating on women’s relationship with shopping, such as The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses. Why do you think that is?
Sophie Kinsella: I think it reflects society and the culture we’re all living in. As a creator, you just look at the world and observe it and turn it into fiction and try to entertain people with it, rather than telling people the truth. I think the film does have a truth to it as well as being a lot of fun.

Q. You were pretty active in the production side of this… so, how did it feel to be on set?
Sophie Kinsella: It was a privilege for me. I never expected to be so involved. So many times, the author is really not a part of it… in fact, I think often they prefer the author to be deceased. So, I felt very honoured. Everybody was very inclusive and collaborative and it was enormous fun. It was just so exciting to see it come to life and a whole new world for me. I feel very spoiled to have my first movie experience be a huge Jerry Bruckheimer movie. I feel my standards are now really high. I started off way up there [gestures high].

Q. And you have more work in production?
Sophie Kinsella: Yes. I have two other books that are in development at the moment.

Q. What are your shopping temptations?
Sophie Kinsella: Do you know, mine are summer dresses which is just tragic given the country that I live in! I think it’s complete wish fulfilment. I go out, I buy skimpy summer dresses and I never get to wear them because of the weather. And I go on holiday and have to wear three dresses every day just to get through them.

Q. What are you doing next?
Sophie Kinsella: I’m just editing a new book. It’s not a shopaholic book but it comes out in the autumn and it’s called 20s Girl.