Tuesday 21 October 2014

Leona: Film scarier than X Factor

Published 22/06/2014 | 06:27

Leona Lewis found auditioning for her first film harder than performing live for millions of people

Leona Lewis has admitted she was far more nervous auditioning for her first film role than she was performing live to millions on The X Factor.

The 29-year-old Bleeding Love singer - who performed in front of billions at the 2008 Beijing Olympics closing ceremony - has made her movie debut in musical Walking On Sunshine.

Leona said: "I just wanted to see if there was anything out there I could get involved in, and then this came along. I had to audition just the same as anyone else.

"I remember sweating, I was so nervous. I came out of the audition and my mum and dad were supposed to pick me up, but they weren't there. I started walking and tripped over in the street and the directors were behind me. It was so embarrassing. I was like, 'No, that's it, it's gone. They think I'm crazy!'"

"An audition is scarier because it's one-on-one. It was intense, so intense."

But the former X Factor winner - who recently severed ties with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music - said she thrived on the adrenaline.

She said: "I like that feeling. It makes me feel like I'm alive, that nervousness. It's not a negative nervousness, it's a positive energy and I think it's good to change it up and get out of your comfort zone."

:: Walking On Sunshine is released in cinemas on Friday, June 27

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