Monday 24 September 2018

Celebrity Diary with Lisa Cannon: I can't wait to jet out to Cannes Festival, I'm a movie nerd


Lisa and JJ Abrams
Lisa and JJ Abrams
Xpose girls
Lisa Cannon
Lisa Cannon at the VIP awards
Jen Maguire at the style awards

I've been so busy planning my September wedding lately, but I'm not letting the preparations slow me down when it comes to work.

I just found out that I have to fly to France on Wednesday to cover the Cannes Film Festival for Xpose and I'm over the moon about it - I'm a huge movie nerd.

I've reported from the festival before, and there's always such an amazing atmosphere, given how star-studded it is.

I'm really looking forward to it this year because there are some great Irish films opening at it, including Jack Reynor's Glassland.

It makes me so proud to go over there and see that Ireland is being represented at such an important event.

Mad Max: Fury Road is also going to be opening at it, which is something I'm very excited about.

Xpose girls

Lisa with the Xpose girls

I grew up watching the original movies which Mel Gibson stars in, so I'm looking forward to see what the new film will be like.

I'm also in Cannes to interview supermodel Miranda Kerr for Magnum - last year I chatted to Kylie for them.

Magnum throw the most amazing parties, with loads of free ice-cream, but I'll be pretty rushed off my feet trying to get the work done, so there's not much time for partying in Cannes.


I hit London for my nana's 102nd birthday

My grandmother Nora is my hero.

I caught a 7am flight to London after the VIP Awards to visit her for her 102nd birthday.

I had to buy two birthday cards to mark the day - a 100th birthday and a 2nd birthday, because nobody makes cards for that age, and I thought it was a nice gesture.

Lisa Cannon

My dad, my fiance Richard and I all decided to go visit her. It was such a lovely family occasion.

I feel so blessed and lucky to have her. The fact that she has reached such a milestone is incredible.

When I saw her I was in tears and I couldn't wait to throw my arms around her and give her a big squeeze.

She loved having us all around her and when she got her birthday cake she blew out all her candles, I was so proud.

The weather over there was amazing so we had the chance to bring her out for a while, which she really enjoyed.

Unfortunately she won't be able to come to our wedding - at her age, the travelling would just be too much.


I'm nervous to see my Republic of Telly sketch

I filmed some really  funny sketches for next week's episode of Republic of Telly.

I had to dress up like Sarah Connor from the Terminator and roar my lines out in the middle of the RTE canteen - I was so embarrassed.

I didn't mind though, I suppose it's just the nature of the show.

You can't take yourself too seriously and just have fun with it.

I asked Jennifer Maguire for some advice while we were at the VIP Style Awards and she told me to just go for it, so that's what I did.

I was delighted to be asked to film it, it's really different to what I do every day and I have to say, I really enjoyed doing it.

Bernard O'Shea and Kevin McGahern are such lovely guys and working with them on the skits was a blast.

Jen Maguire at the style awards

Jennifer Maguire

When it airs on Monday night I think I'll be watching it while holding a cushion over my face - I've never done anything like it before so I've no idea what to expect from it.

As a student, I acted in a few things when I was in the drama society in Trinity but I've never done anything like this.

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