When it comes to the Aussie edition of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! there are two faces who’ve been there from the get-go.
Along with TV’s favourite vet Dr Chris Brown, Julia Morris has been serving up laughs from the jungle for a whopping seven seasons but as for the celebrities we have to admit we haven’t exactly had many massive names.
So when it comes to who she’d like to see in the upcoming eighth one, Julia has some big names on her wish list.
“Well, I have been telling everyone that Zac Efron is going into the jungle. We filmed right in his hood,” Julia tells Now To Love.
“I also think Madonna would enjoy it, which leads me to Sean Penn. Sean Penn cooking beans and rice; what more do you want?”
Like the seventh season, travel restrictions mean the show will be filmed in northern NSW rather than the usual South African location. In fact, it’s the same spot where the original UK franchise was filmed pre-pandemic.
When you see Julia on your screens in 2022, you may notice there’s been a slight change in her appearance.
During Sydney’s recent lockdown, the comedian and TV personality recently underwent an “eye beef removal” and brow lift, stunning fans in the process with her transformation photos.
“De-beefing is something I have wanted to do for such a long time. I had lost 25 per cent of my upper vision, but it was really more about not looking so tired,” she says.
“It was no small cut and paste. Surgery is a pretty drastic measure. It ain’t no facial.”
Aside from her transformation, the 2021 lockdown saw Julia prioritise her health – something she admits she didn’t do so much in 2020.
“I ate my way through 2020. It was a personal best. My main form of exercise was opening a packet of raspberry bullets,” she laughs.
However when it came to self-care in lockdown 2.0, Julia, who bunkered down with husband Dan Thomas and daughters Ruby and Sophie, had to call it out.
“Lockdown has meant that everyone has had the time to tell us how we should be living, and we all have time to hear it. Booo,” she says.
“I think that self-care is important, and at the moment, there is an illusion that you will have more time on your hands, given we’ve been at home more. But that’s not necessarily true when you’re balancing work with home schooling and running a household!”
She adds: “That’s why I think self-care moments don’t need to be indulgent or planned. It’s just about saying, ‘now’s good’, and seizing small moments during the day.”
Research from Nescafé shows that one in seven Aussies are not taking any breaks during the day though two-thirds of us know we should take regular, short self-care moments.
“That’s just ludicrous and you don’t need a big act of self care to make it restorative,” Julia says of the findings.
“For me, a cup of NESCAFÉ Cafe Creations coffee and a whisper of the morning sun is all I need to get the day started. It’s not much to ask. I don’t see the teenagers till 8.58am (before school starts), so any time before that is all mine.”
However, when Julia wants some time to herself, she says all she needs to do are a few chores.
“Offer to exercise the dog, put a load of washing out, and it’s miraculous how scarce my other family members will be. See? Me-time.”