This much I know: Jennifer Zamparelli, TV presenter and DJ

Jennifer Zamparelli

I love people who can laugh at themselves. We can all take ourselves a little too seriously sometimes.

I always wanted to perform. I come from a big family. 

My mam was involved in amateur dramatics and there was always a piano in my house which we were all forced to play, quit when it got tough, and then regretted giving up in our later years.

Performing doesn’t feel like work to me and that’s how I know I love it. 

To have written and starred in my own sitcom was a dream come true really and waking the nation up on 2fm’s Breakfast Republic with Bernard and Keith is just gas craic.

My earliest memory of performing was when I was cast as Mary in the school nativity and we performed it down at the local church. 

I will never forget walking down to the church with my make-up case and costume and thinking: ‘This is it. I’ve made it now.’

I was a very shy child but I think I was loud and a pain in the ass to hide that. When I was a teenager I went from being a rocker to a raver in a matter of days. 

I was a messer in school and longed to be out of it. I hated going and the school play was the only thing that kept me there. 

I got expelled. I had run-ins with the nuns and I never stuck to anything in sport because I was never really that good.

I make a huge effort to have my own time away from work and I have stopped trying to please other people. I think being able to say no and just focusing on what really matters is important. 

Family first, work second at all times. 

In 2008 I missed my sister’s wedding because I was doing a reality TV show called Failte Towers. That would never happen now.

I never went to college after school. Even back then I was eager to get out and earn a living and I never took the time to think of a career path. 

I jumped straight into sales and loved making a few quid. 

I ran businesses in the UK and Ireland for five years and loved it although I don’t miss the constant worry or never ever really being ‘off’. 

I would consider going back and doing more study. I always feel that’s something that’s been missing in my life.

My main faults are that I have a massive forehead and no patience.

I’m a night person trapped in a day person’s body. With a one-year-old and a morning breakfast show I have no choice. And to all the kids playing football and having fun outside my house on the summer nights when it’s still bright and warm — I cry every time I have to close my blinds to go to sleep so that I can get up in time for work.

My idea of misery is that time in the summer when you are between leg waxes and can’t wear shorts. That and war.

If I could be reborn as someone else for a day it would be Donald Trump and I’d throw myself off a cliff.

Man’s most useful invention is either the wheel or the hair straightener, I can’t decide which.

My biggest challenge so far has been getting a small human being out of body. 

That, and getting used to working for someone else again in 2fm after having been my own boss for so long.

My main skill? I make lovely soups. 

My greatest fear is of spiders. That’s why I will never ever go to Australia or to the zoo.

I do believe in a life after death. I really hope there’s something after this, right?

So far life has taught me that everyone is trying to sell you something. 

That if you want a donut you should just have a donut. 

That a banana has more calories than a gin and tonic. 

And, that you should take the Monday off after the Electric Picnic weekend.

Jennifer Zamparelli recently helped launch 3Money, a pre-paid debit card from Three.


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