Guardian Unlimited

The questionnaire

Tina Arena

Compiled by Rosanna Greenstreet
Saturday July 22, 2000

Tina Arena, 33, was born Philipina Lidia Arena, and raised in Melbourne, Australia, by Sicilian parents. She first sang in public at six, and by eight was a national TV star. In 1993, she signed to Sony Music. Her debut album, Don't Ask, sold millions worldwide, and made her Australia's biggest-selling female vocalist of all time. She is currently starring as Esmeralda in Notre-Dame de Paris at the Dominion Theatre, London.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
At this point in time, a new personality.

What is your greatest fear?
Being unable to find that new personality.

With which historical figure do you most identify?
Joan of Arc - I may not burn for my beliefs, but I've certainly sacrificed.

Which living person do you most admire?
Goldie Hawn - I wish I had her sense of humour right now.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Let's not start.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Sleazy come-ons.

What objects do you always carry with you?
Everything but the kitchen sink.

What is your favourite building?
Hard to say: there are so many to choose from. I'm a big fan of architecture.

What is your favourite journey?
The one I'm on - life.

Should the Royal Family be scrapped?
Not for me to comment.

Do you believe in capital punishment?
Far too broad a question - we could debate this issue for years - and I'm not running for government.

For what cause would you die?
Oh please - not a relevant question in the 21st century.

Do you believe in monogamy?
Yes, with the right person.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My pet pooch Goldie.

Which living person do you most despise and why?
The trick is to never let them know!

What is your greatest regret?
My first marriage.

How do you relax?
What's that?

How often do you have sex?
You guys have got to get a life!

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
More personal time.

How would you like to die?
Painlessly, of course.

How would you like to be remembered?
As making a contribution to friends and family.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Be real.