CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT A MOMENT FROM THE NEW SERIES THAT STANDS OUT FOR YOU?
Rob: I was so hyped up and stressed out about doing the drag performance, so the comedown after the adrenaline high was so big. We had to film the end scene, of us on Brighton Beach, and just before we filmed that I was told we were going into Tier 4 – all the shops were shutting at midnight, I couldn’t get my wife’s Christmas present and Christmas was cancelled. So, for me, that was probably the most stressful scene that we did. I’ll remember that forever.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR DRAG ROUTINES
Rob: I actually fancied Romesh in drag!
Romesh: Yeah, I found Rob very, very attractive in drag.
Rob: We were both quite desperate to be sexy. We’re never in ‘Weird celebrity crush’ or ‘Torso of the week’ … And I think we found a way to be sexy.
Romesh: I would say, with Rob and I in drag, it’s a thin line between sexy and terrifying. You’ll have to make up your own minds as to which side of that line we fell.
ROMESH, WHY DID YOU SHAVE OFF YOUR BEARD FOR THE PERFORMANCE?
Well, I got carried away in the moment is what happened. We had our initial drag makeover to see what we’d look like, and the plan was always that Rob was going to shave his beard off. I got excited, grabbed the clippers and did my beard… and in that moment I just forgot what my face looked like. And, as I did it, it was so horrific. Leesa, my wife, was furious. And then I went home and my youngest son wouldn’t come near me. He said, “You don’t look like my dad!”
HOW LONG IS THE LIST OF STUFF THAT YOU’D LIKE TO TRY FOR THE SHOW?
Rob: Golfing might not have been top of the list but it proved to be so funny and so interesting, and I think it made us realise that we don’t have to be really passionate about it individually – or really hate it – in order for it to work. We don’t have to have that dynamic – it can just be us two exploring stuff.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD COPE IN LOCKDOWN TOGETHER?
Rob: Even if on the surface we seem very different, we’re both essentially quite similar, I’d say, wouldn’t you, Romesh?
Romesh: I love Rob… we had spent loads of time together. But we hadn’t been away with each other a lot and when you do this, it brings you together for intense amounts of time under quite stressful situations. And we actually agreed that there was a good chance we were going to fall out and possibly come to blows with each other and we’d just accept that as part of the show… but it hasn’t happened, touch wood.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU LEARNT ABOUT WHILE FILMING THAT YOU’VE CARRIED ON DOING?
Rob: I think now I would actually go to art galleries when I’m on tour – which I wouldn’t ever have done before. Sometimes, when you’re from a kind of working-class background, you feel quite alien and a bit like you’re in trouble going there. It feels like you’re going to get told off and stuff.
Romesh: I’ve now got a full DJ set-up in my garage. My target is to actually go and play a set somewhere that isn’t embarrassingly bad.
:: Rob & Romesh Vs airs on Sky One and NOW TV on Thursdays
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