'My hubby hates my kissing scenes!'
Friday 23 July 2010
While most WAGS have jetted off on post World Cup holidays with their footballer husbands, Sheree Murphy is busy at home in Cheshire filming Hollyoaks and raising her three children.
But she thinks her former Liverpool star husband Harry Kewell, who played for his native Australia in the World Cup, would find her dull if she was a typical WAG.
“I’d bore him – he respects that I earn my own money,” she says. “Obviously I can’t match his wage, but I’ve always contributed to everything and that’s important to me.”
She adds: “Plus I’d make a rubbish housewife! I love being with my kids, but I also like working.”
Sheree – who is mum to son Taylor, nine, and two daughters, Ruby, seven, and Matilda, two – joined the Hollyoaks cast earlier this year as Anita Roy’s long-lost mother Eva.
She admits that juggling motherhood and work hasn’t been easy, especially as Harry spent the past two years playing for Turkish club Galatasaray. But when Closer caught up with the actress, Harry had yet to re-sign – and Sheree was loving having him at home.
“It’s brilliant,” she says. “He makes me dinner when I’ve been working on Hollyoaks and he baths the kids!”
But while Harry is supportive of her career, Sheree, 34, admits he can’t stand her kissing scenes, which she’s shared with hunky actor Stephen Uppal, who plays Ravi.
“Harry know it’s part of the job, but he hates it,” she laughs. “I’m dreading the kids seeing a kissing scene too, they’ll be like, ‘Ew Mum, that’s so embarrassing!’”
Sheree and Harry don’t attract as much attention as higher-profile football couples, such as Steven Gerrard and Alex Curran, who Sheree is friends with. But she’s relieved they’re not in the limelight for the sake of the family.
And the actress says she’d love to expand her brood with a fourth child, but admits she wouldn’t be adverse to some post-pregnancy surgery!
“I wouldn’t consider liposuction – I just don’t like the idea of it,” she says. “I might go for a tummy tuck though after the next baby.”
In the meantime, the actress has teamed up with food giant McCain to encourage families to lead healthier, more active lives.
She says: “It’s important to encourage children to be outside. I don’t let mine watch TV during the week and we try to play outdoor games a lot.”
So does that mean Taylor will follow in his footballer father’s footsteps?
“I’d love him to, but who knows – we’ll just have to wait and see,” she says. “He does like football, but he loves golf even more, so maybe he’ll be a pro golfer!”
By Sophie Neville
Sheree Murphy is working with McCain, Principal Partner of UK Athletics, to encourage families to lead more active lives. McCain are giving away 100 sets of Garden Games everyday this summer, to register for your pack go to www.mccaingardengames.co.uk