BEAN THERE, DONE THAT
Glamour Magazine (UK)
by Deborah Joseph
||Click on the thumbnail to see the larger picture.|
Though he's not willing to be drawn on his
marriages, he does say, "It's just about balancing the good
and the bad. I've definitely been inspired by my wives and have
taken away good things from my marriages." Such as? "Abigail
had a very different upbringing to me and I think we opened each
other's eyes to the way different people live."
He's single at the moment and lives alonf in Hampsted, northwest London - unless he has his daughters staying. Does he like being a bachelor? "Yeah, I don't mind it." Is he a dab hand with the cleaning? "Well, no one likes doing the cleaning, let's face it!"
For Sean, though, washing up is especially problematic. If a knife falls on the floor, he can't pick it up because of a strange supersition he's inherited from his father. "I'm really weird about it," he confesses. "The knife stays there until someone comes round and they have to pick it up for me."
Does he still believe in marriage? "Not really. But I've never once thought, 'God, I'm never getting married again; it's been really awful'. I've got three great girls, so I wouldn't say I'd never do it again."
What does he look for in a woman? "It's too obvious to say the physical. It needs to be something deeper." He pauses, obviously finding this question difficult to answer. "I like femininity. And gentleness."
It's too much of a cliche to pass his off as a working class hero just because he's northern. Sheffield born, he turned down the opportunity to work for his father's welding business to train at RADA.
"I was always a rebel," he admits. "I must've been to just leave everything and move to London to study acting and ballet. I always felt there was more out there. I'd wanted to be a footballer, and a pop star. I used to play guitar in a band with a few mates. I was a big fan of Lou Reed and David Bowie. I dyed my hair red and used eyeliner... but I never wore lipstick. Ever."
||Note: The article is incorrect. It's actually Molly (left) and Evie (in the middle). Lorna isn't pictured. Evie's mother is Abigail Cruttenden.|
Unlike many of his peers; he has no issue with where he came from, and although he doesn't ooze money or flashiness, nor is he ashamed of where he is now. "I'm just lucky I'm paid well for doing what I
love," he explains.
"But that doesn't mean I want to show it off." So what's been his biggest extravagance? "When I first made a bit of money about 15 years ago I went out and bought myself a Jaguar. My dad drives it now, but I got my BMW nicked the other day so he's lent it to me until I get a new car. It feels weird driving it again."
Sean may have left Sheffield a long time ago, but he once said the experience of scoring for his team Sheffield United, in the drama When Saturday Comes was better than sex. When I ask him if he had to choose between football and sex, which would lose out, I finally get a real insight into what makes him tick. "Football. Definitely football." He snorts, as though me thinking he'd really give up sex for anything is the most ridiculous thing he's ever heard. Forget the speculation about his love life; the one headline he couldn't live with is 'Sean Bean would give up sex for football'.
Visit the Glamour website.
Return to Main Features
Return to The Compleat Sean Bean