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One Minute In The Mind Of Billie Piper

The Counter - One minute in the mind of... Billie Piper.

28 May 2000

Is your new, raunchier image the result of conscious effort?

No. People talk about what happened at GAY with my breast, but it's been blown out of all proportion. It was an accident, not me trying to get all raunchy. I was doing a lairy performance because that's what you do there. It was complete mayhem - I was unaware of the situation with my breast.

Do people in the industry still patronise you for being young?

They used to. When people first meet me they don't know how to talk to me, or what to expect. It must be weird - I'm 17 years old but I'm living an adult's lifestyle, with all the responsibilities attached to that. But when people actually meet me, and get to know me, they don't talk down to me.

Your middle name is Paul - were your parents expecting a boy?

No they weren't! It was my Dad's decision to name me Billie-Paul. When I was little, I used to resent my parents for it. I got so much stick at school from the other kids. Now I love it and I wouldn't want to be called anything else. I think it's really different.

Are you looking forward to being able to drink in public once you turn 18?

Not really. It'll be a new thing, but it's not something I'm going to get carried away with or take advantage of. The tabloids are always going to write what they like regardless, however old I am.

What are your views on cosmetic surgery?

It's not something that I'm really that keen on for myself. Some women have a real inferiority complex if they have small breasts. If they are getting that upset and surgery would make them feel better about themselves, then fine. It's up to them at the end of the day. I'm not going to sit here and dictate whether people should have boob jobs or not.

Who do you envy?

I don't really envy anyone to be honest: I've got a great life and I've got great friends, a great family and a good career ahead of me so I'm quite happy. Madonna's my hero, but I don't even envy her.