The first thing Robbie Williams offered her during an interview was his body. What did this girl do? She said: »Shut your face, sissy!« and hit him. Nevertheless, Charlotte Roche says she likes Robbie, because »he does not care what people think of him.« But one thing the 24-year old music-television phenomenon hates is sexism. No wonder: Her mom is a raving feminist who is on her fourth husband, had five children and abandoned swinging London for provincial German Mönchengladbach.
Like Robbie Williams, Charlotte does not care about what people think of her. She only dresses in second- hand clothes, loves to look like a »rag fairy,« and believes neither in having her black tooth fixed nor in shaving her armpits. »Fast Forward,« her show on German music channel Viva, is known for Charlotte's excentric way of interviewing the stars of the international music scene. If a star does not come up with interesting answers, the interview is shown in fast-forward, adorned with the subtitle »bloody boring blabbing.« Usually, though, Charlotte man-ages to extract interesting statements from the likes of Marilyn Manson, Prince and Liam Gallagher.
One of her early film-appearances was as a corpse in her mother's documentary on environmental pollution. Later, on stage, she was successful as a witch in a children's play: »That's where my dress sense came from.« At 18, Charlotte applied to be a VJ at
Viva 2 by sending in a picture and a letter in which she wrote that she has strong opinions.
She beat 8.000 applicants and kept her promise. Instead of regurgitating verbal fluff from record companies, Charlotte talks about her personal views on the music she plays. And if she thinks that the lyrics of Limp Bizkit are aggressive and sexist, she says so.
The story of Charlotte reads like a rags-to-riches-but-still-wearing-rags fairy tale. However, when the happy end was approaching, tragedy struck. Just before her wedding to colleague Eric Pfeil, her three half-brothers died in a car crash on the way to the ceremony. Their mother, Liz, survived but was heavily injured. For seven weeks Charlotte disappeared from the screen, but then she was back. »I have to keep on living for my brothers,« she said simply and then went on to crack a few dirty jokes - just the sort of thing her brothers would have appreciated.
Charlotte Grace Roche is born on March 18 in the London suburb of Wimbledon.
Charlotte resettles with her family in Germany.
At the age of 15, she moves into her own apartment.
Charlotte starts presenting her own TV-show, »Fast Forward,« on Viva 2. Later she gets another show called »Trendspotting«.
She is nominated for the Grimme-Preis,Germany's most prestigious TV award.
On June 28, Charlotte's three younger half-brothers die in a car crash on the way to her wedding in London.
Charlotte's first novel - »Die Bärte der Proleten« (The Proletarians' Beards) - is due to come out in spring.
Meike Schnitzler, 30, is a freelance journalist from Hamburg. She would love to have an opportunity to hit Robbie Williams herself, because he is desecrating the memory of Frank Sinatra.