She may have been on TV for 10 years, but Laura Whitmore has revealed that she still feels out of her depth in her career. She talked fashion, faux pas and offered up her advice to anyone who deals with self-doubt in the new issue of Irish Tatler.
Bray native Laura Whitmore is on the cover of the September issue of Irish Tatler, launching a new season of fashion and giving a candid interview on dealing with self-doubt, despite her successful career.
"I'm constantly feeling like I'm out of my depth," she told Irish Tatler Deputy Editor Sarah O'Hegarty, adding, "Like someone's going to come in and say, 'Well you shouldn't be on stage here', or 'what are you doing with your own radio show?' Constantly."
The television presenter turned actress shot a stunning autumn winter editorial at the newly opened Stephen's Green Hotel with Ireland's leading glossy, and spilled the beans on bagging her own BBC Radio Show, Sunday Sessions on BBC Radio 5 and working alongside Amy Huberman for her new RTÉ comedy Finding Joy.
Talking about steeling herself against the self-doubt that she still suffers from today, she offered up words of advice to others who fall victim to Imposter Syndrome.
"What really helped me is having great people around me and realising that, at the end of the day, we are all the same. You can interview the biggest star and you could work with someone who has been a trained actor for 40 years and they would still have self-doubt."
She went on to add that over time, she has grown to be less self-critical and more open. "You grow in 10 years. You become more confident and less conscious about yourself as you get older. I don't care as much as I did when I was younger."
When asked about her biggest fashion faux pas or red carpet regrets, Whitmore confided that she had a few. "Being uncomfortable: going to an awards show in a tight jacket and not being able to enjoy my meal, or wearing uncomfortable shoes so I couldn't dance."
On other matters more personal, she took her usual stance of keeping private matters private, and shared her frustration with media interest in her relationship with comedian Iain Stirling, including a recent story that added together a selection of her recent Instagram posts suggesting that the pair had created a 'love nest'.
"Firstly, I don't live with my boyfriend," she clarified, "I live in an flat that I bought myself."
"Some of the images aren't even in my house, it's my mum's house in Bray!" She added, incredulous.
The September issue of Irish Tatler features a full interview and six page shoot with Whitmore, who shares more about her upcoming work and work with UNICEF while modelling stunning pieces by Miu Miu, Emporio Armani and Lanvin.
Also in the September issue is the ultimate fashion guide to autumn winter, including top shopping lists, a hair special to manage your mane during the colder months and the Back to School edit for parents juggling the new term blues.
Irish Tatler, September, €3.10, out now.
Cover interview by Sarah O'Hegarty
Photography by Alex Hutchinson
Styling by Dee Moran
Makeup by Christine Lucignano
Hair by David Cashman
Shot on location at The Stephen's Green Hotel, Dublin