“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you somebody who has never achieved much.” Dame Joan Collins has never been one to mince her words, which makes her upcoming An Evening with Joan Collins at Dubai Opera, on December 12, an exciting and rare opportunity to hear honest opinions and true stories from Hollywood royalty.
Collins – who’s worked on more than 65 films, is a successful author and humanitarian – is a refreshing change from the modern, PR-savvy celebrity who carefully choose their words and topics during interviews for fear that they might be misrepresented or pounced on by media trolls.
“I can’t say certain things anymore for fear of it being seen as politically incorrect,” explains Joan during an exclusive interview with Vogue Arabia.
The interview may have only have lasted seven minutes but the star, most famous for her femme fatale character Alexis in the 1980s hit TV series Dynasty, was every bit as sassy and fabulous as we had hoped. This is what we learned:
Accentuate the positives and eliminate the negatives. Everyone has one part of their body or face that is really good, so highlight that. For example if you have beautiful eyes, accentuate them with makeup. Or, if you have skinny legs, wear trousers, and if you have beautiful legs wear shorter skirts.
Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are a must. I actually have my own beauty range, Joan Collins Timeless Beauty, so use my own products. I’m scrupulous about cleaning, cleasning with Joan Collins special cleanser, toning with rose water and moisturizing. I do that twice a day – morning and night.
Makeup is a must. I never leave the house without it. I use my base which is called First Base and it’s absolutely fantastic. It even contains SPF. I really believe in protecting your skin from rays, even in murky England.
Life’s a banquet. Treat each day as if it was going to be your last, as one day it could be.
Never take anything for granted. That’s the greatest life lesson I’ve ever learned.
Surviving show business for so long is a career highlight. I started as a 17-year-old actress in England and that was a long time ago, and I’m still working. There’s not that many actresses who can say the same. The only one I can think of, and she’s quite a bit older than me, is Angela Lansbury. Also, Sophia Loren, but I don’t think she works that much anymore.
Hollywood needs to change. [In light of the recent Harvey Weinstein allegations] I honestly think there is a new code of conduct in the industry and I think that people will need to be very careful now, especially men and how they treat women. I definitely hope that is the case.
In most industries, this male behavior is endemic. Was I ever put in a position where I was made to feel uncomfortable? God yes, of course. Every young actress did. But then so did every young model in fashion, every young girl in politics that was attractive. It is still happening in certain places.
Just say no. It’s only two letters, but it’s the strongest word in the English language. If you’re an actress on the casting couch and have been asked to do something you don’t want to, say no! I said it many times and I lost roles because of it, but anything would be better than having to do things with those nasty old men.
Dubai is very exciting. I’m looking forward to visiting [for my talk at Dubai Opera]. I’m looking forward to the weather and being able to go swimming, especially coming from the UK. Of course, I’m going to go shopping and I’ve heard the people are very, very nice. I’m also looking forward to eating all the good caviar that I understand comes from there.