Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

British Men Never Show Their Feelings; (Apart from My Ex,adam Ant) Heather Graham Is the Latest American Actress to Say That Englishmen Don't Measure Up,but She Admits She Once Had a Romance with a Very British Pop Star

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

British Men Never Show Their Feelings; (Apart from My Ex,adam Ant) Heather Graham Is the Latest American Actress to Say That Englishmen Don't Measure Up,but She Admits She Once Had a Romance with a Very British Pop Star

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Byline: LIZ JONES

THEY must have made the world's oddest couple. Adam Ant, the former New Romantic pop idol, and Heather Graham, the statuesque blonde movie star, 15 years his junior. When Heather Graham was described in Time Out as possessing "colossal dimness", Mr Ant, also known as Stuart Goddard, wrote an angry letter to the magazine, explaining that, actually, Ms Graham had studied her craft in acting class, which is where they met, chooses her own clothes, never lies, digs the garden, and stood by him when he was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, suffering from depression. He wrote that she even turned down two movie roles to look after him. The letter was published in January this year, in the same week that he was arrested for brandishing a fake gun in a north London pub. "I think of her every day and will always be in love with her, come what may," he wrote.

"It was so sweet he wrote that," smiles Heather Graham uncertainly when we meet to talk about her role in the new film, The Guru. "I heard about the letter, and, yes, we did see each other for a while.

But I haven't spoken to him for a few years; we're not in contact any more. I heard he might have a kid. Is he still married? I know he's been in court recently, but I haven't talked to him for a while. D'ya think maybe I should? I hope he's doing good; he's a really cool person."

Graham is incredibly beautiful in the flesh, with huge blue eyes that take up most of her face. She is tall, with tanned, hairless legs - just like a Twiglet, in fact.

I suggest that she could have done a little better, boyfriend-wise, than Goddard ("I always called him Adam, but I left off the Ant part"), but she says she was very young at the time.

Does it get her down, being described as dim? "I never read what's written about me, or my reviews," she says wisely. "I try to separate being a film star from who I am; I don't like to give away too much of myself. That's why I like dressing up for premieres and interviews, because if I turned up in my usual jeans and sneakers, that would be me, and I want to protect myself."

Today she is wearing head to mid-thigh Vivienne Westwood, a sort of frayed mini kilt and a silky blouse with a strange tie.

"Not my choice," she says chirpily. Her stylists, apparently, are mad about the British designer. So she doesn't choose

her own clothes, contrary to what Goddard insists? "Er, not for premieres and fashion shoots. I recently saw one of those Get the Look features about my dress sense in a magazine, and I thought, What were the stylists thinking?' I had frizzy hair and terrible outfits. Soooo embarrassing."

Graham is 32, but looks about 12. "I am lucky, I suppose, to look the way I do. It's so unfair that women in my business have to be young and thin and gorgeous." She is on the cover of the current issue of Marie Claire, and I tell her I didn't recognise her. "Really? Well, having been in magazines I know that nobody looks like that. I'm always airbrushed, given the best hair and makeup people, the best lighting. I used to get really depressed reading magazines, trying to be perfect.

Such a small percentage of people can actually look like that; it's so bad for your self-esteem. I'm more comfortable with myself now, although I still cringe when I see myself on screen. I think, 'God, I look so ugly!'" She says she practises yoga and meditation - and that she no longer diets, but instead eats sensibly. …

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