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Billie Piper Bares It All for Secret Diary of a Call Girl

One of the more surprisingly funny panels at TCA this month was for Showtime's Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Well, anytime you get a room full of critics talking about dominatrix training and "modesty sacks," it's got to be a pretty good time.

The show's star, Billie Piper, let us in on some of the upcoming stories for the show, how playing a call girl has changed perceptions of her, and whether the US or UK was more prudish about the show. Read on for highlights:

  • Playing Belle means men are terrified of her: "Men don't come anywhere near me anymore," Piper said. "They seem so threatened by me now. They also just stare for ages, like I'm going to do something wild and raunchy. And, you know, much to their disappointment, it never really happens."
  • She was never really worried that playing a prostitute would harm her image: "I really, really liked the early drafts of the script. I liked the idea," she said. "I didn't really think about it too much. I think my family and friends were quite concerned about my mental state and well-being when I was making the show, but they got over it pretty quickly."
  • But it sure surprised London: "People were really shocked when Billie took the role in the UK," said producer Rebecca De Souza. "Her perception at home was very much as a kind of girl-next-door darling, the nation's darling. So to take a role like this was really quite extraordinary, very, very bold."

To find out what's coming up for both Hannah and Belle and find out how to see the season two premiere even if you don't have Showtime, just


  • Juggling Hannah and Belle will always be a problem. Having a legit identity and a call girl identity will dog Piper's character throughout the series. The main story of the second season will be "Belle falling in love and can she manage to sustain a relationship? Can she juggle Belle and Hannah? Can Hannah get what she wants? Hannah wants a relationship. Or will Belle always take her away from that?" De Souza said. In the third season, which is about to start production in the UK, Belle will write a book about her experiences.
  • UK audiences reacted more prudishly to the show than US viewers. "Over here, it's been nothing but a joy really," Piper said. "And people have been really open-minded — which, you know, I wasn't surprised about because when you look at the lineup on Showtime and other stations over here, TV is really advanced in terms of ideas."

Showtime has made the second-season premiere of Call Girl available for streaming, so to check it out, just head over here.

Photo courtesy of Showtime

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Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I must say I am interested in the show although, I don't know anything about her.
cibele cibele 8 years
I love this show! I can't wait for the next season! Great interview ;)
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I totally having flashbacks to when I was like 9 or 10 listening to her CD....good times
pargie pargie 8 years
Oh I love this show, she has such a unique look. I watched the season 2 premiere last week, and I am so geeked about Sundays now..what with Diary, Big Love, and the U.S. of Tara.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great interview, Buzz! Looking forward to watching this season.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
ilanac13 the new season started last Sunday, so you have to catch up! Billie was a teen pop star in the UK and also was "Rose", Doctor Who's first companion in the series. (She also keeps popping up in later episodes of Doctor Who.) So that's where her "girl next door" reputation comes from.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i can't wait for this season to start - i love the show and i think that billie is just amazing. it's funny to me to hear about her 'girl next door' persona overseas since we really didn't know that much about her here in the US.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
She's such a beautiful and talented actress she can handle anything. People need to remember that this is just a character that she plays and not who she really is.
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