Reading 2: Being Famous

Multiple-Choice Exercise

Read the text below. For questions 1-10, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text.

Being Famous

INTERVIEWER: Considering you belong to one of the glitziest professions there is, along with showbiz, you seem to have your feet pretty much on the ground.
HELENA CHRISTENSEN: I truly believe that who you are is because of your family, you know, the way that you were brought up, the love that you get from your family, the discipline from them. It all goes back to childhood no matter what happens later in your life. And also, probably, coming from Denmark has kept me very grounded because there's not too much about fame, the same way that other countries are obsessed with it. In Denmark it's who you are and you shouldn't think you are more than anybody else. And, all in all, I would really say that it has helped me coming from a country like Denmark.
INTERVIEWER: You have a really good reputation in the industry for being very professional; you come in, you do the job, you go home. There's no baggage, no tantrums and tempers.
HELENA: Well, that's nice to hear, but, for me, that was the only way to deal with the job because it's such a strange job. If I didn't do it that way, if I created problems for myself, not just coming in, showing up, doing the job and leaving, if I thought too much about it, then I don't know if I would've been able to do this job. I think the only way to do it was just actually doing it that way.
INTERVIEWER: I know it's a difficult question, but why do you think you rose to the top? Was it a mixture of talent and luck, being in the right place at the right time?
HELENA: It was a mixture of all that. You know, you can't really define your look, or why your look was perfect for the time. But I was really lucky. When I went to Paris for the first time I didn't really have any intentions of working as a model. I came down to eat, basically because I was invited to a week-end of good food, and it was the show week that week, and I went to see some clients and met some of the most amazing people in the industry. But it was not really that important to me. It wasn't what I wanted to do at that time.
INTERVIEWER: What did you want to do?
HELENA: I wanted to travel the world and take photos. Most people think I'm starting photography now, but actually, I did it before and did a bit of modelling in between.
INTERVIEWER: Did a bit of modelling in between! That's one way of putting it. Do you think that all those years that you spent in front of the camera make you a better photographer?
HELENA: Obviously, working with some of the most amazing photographers in the world, you soak it all in and get a bit of their experience. And I'm very curious about everything I see in life.
INTERVIEWER: What kind of photographs do you take, is it glamour shots or do you tend to go more for the real person as it were, showing them as they really are, warts and all?
HELENA: I'm definitely more into taking portraits of people as they really are, getting something from them deep inside out through their faces. And it's an amazing thing taking photographs, portraits, as every time it's such an intimidating sensation when you take portraits of someone, and I know it makes me feel a little shy and nervous and it also makes the person that you do portraits to feel a little strange about it because it's a very naked feeling to be that close to someone.