On the first episode of a brand new series of The Jonathan Ross Show, BRIT award winner, Ellie Goulding, joins celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay and Hollywood actor and funny man, Steve Carrell on the sofa tonight and speaks about Fifty Shades of Grey, her award nominations and performing at festivals.
Ellie is nominated for a Golden Globe for her song ‘Love Me Like You Do’ which featured in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. When Jonathan said he didn’t see the film, Ellie mouthed, “Nor did I,” and admitted that she didn’t see it either, “No, which is awful.”
On her nomination for Golden Globe, Ellie said: “Honestly I never in a million years thought I’d be nominated, it was a Golden Globe and two Grammys in the same week and that just all kind of hit me and it was in the craziest week of my life, I’d been everywhere and so I couldn’t really be really blown away. I was too tired to appreciate it, too much else going on but now I’m like, Oh my God it’s insane and amazing.”
On the prospect of giving an acceptance speech, Ellie admitted she was fearful and said she wasn’t a good public speaker: “No, I’m a terrible public speaker, I don’t understand it. You’d think because I perform, I’d be able to get something together but I’m rubbish… I just can’t do it, public speaking just really isn’t really my thing. I have a moment of genius when I say something I think ‘God how did I come up with that’ then I go back to realising what I’m actually doing and then just waffle and say the same things and I see people starting to judge me and be like ‘hurry up’, so not good.”
Speaking about the reaction to her, Ellie admitted, “It may just be one person but even if one person goes ‘ah she’s rubbish’ that will affect me for a long time.”
“Do you read things online though or have you managed to insulate yourself somewhat from that?” Jonathan asked, “Because that would be the sensible thing to do wouldn’t it?”
Ellie answered, “It would, which of course I don’t do. In the beginning, I did read stuff a lot and I think everyone does – you end up just getting a bit obsessed with it – and now I don’t read anything, I have no idea what’s being said about me.”
Speaking about Social Media, Gordon said he uses Twitter. “I’ve never sworn on Twitter ever and I love taking great pictures.” Ellie said, “I’ve tweeted you a few times, I shouldn’t really admit that but I have.”
When Jonathan joked that he had heard Ellie had a crush on Gordon, the singer cringed: “Yes ok fine, yeah” she admitted. “He takes care of himself, if I really think about it, it’s because he keeps fit and I love that. But I shouldn’t say this, it’s naughty, no!” she laughed.
Speaking about her song, ‘Army’ – which Ellie performed at the end of the show – she said it was written about her best friend: “She is here somewhere, she’s my best friend and she’s called Hannah and I realised that I just wrote songs about boys a lot and I got a bit bored of that and I wanted to write something about the one person that’s kept me sane and been there for me… We went to college together and I remember the first time we met, I thought she was way too cool for me and way too pretty to come and talk to me and I remember that moment she was like ‘Do you want to be mates?’ and I was like ‘Yeah alright’ and then that was that and I wrote this song… Everyone has unique friendships and you can have fall outs with your friends and then you can have that friend that is just there through the mentalness of what I do and the mentalness of what she does and so I wrote a song about it.”
On why she started singing and playing guitar, Ellie said: “My first song was crap actually, I’ve got a copy of it somewhere, it was actually [about] the same guy that kind of started me being interested in playing guitar because he played guitar really well and my Dad was a guitarist and I wanted to be cool and play guitar so I started playing because of this guy and I wrote a song about him and I’m really worried he knows who he is now. I kind of wanted to keep that secret. And so I wrote this song and it was terrible, [it was] really emo, gloomy, depressed, that was most of my teenage songs.”
Ellie also spoke about her performance at the American festival, Coachella, last year: “I was really sick,” she revealed, “I was at Coachella, I was poorly, I’d been in South America. I had some kind of virus for about three weeks, I lost a bunch of weight and I was really frail and I don’t know how I got through that… But it was two performances, one week and then you go back a week later. I was really holding it together on stage if you know what I mean,” she laughed.
“That withstanding, it still was a great performance and now I’m even more impressed!” Jonathan laughed.
The Jonathan Ross Show, Saturday at 9.15pm on ITV