Emma Bunton: ‘Who would play me in the film of my life? Goldie Hawn’

Born in London, Emma Bunton, 45, rose to fame as a member of the Spice Girls. She presents The Great American Baking Show, has a weekly programme on Heart FM, and has just published her first book, Mama You Got This, a guide for new parents. She lives in London with her partner and their two children.

What is your greatest fear?
Being on my own – I love being in a team. I am so glad I was in a group and wasn’t solo, because I would have found that hard.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My mother: she’s an inspiration. She went back to college in her 40s, started karate and became a black belt.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Being indecisive: not creatively or in work, but in all other areas. “What are we doing today?” “What are we having for dinner?” I change my mind.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
In Vegas in 2007, I fell over on stage with the Spice Girls – and it was horrible, really, really embarrassing. I had to go straight to hospital.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Goldie Hawn. I love her so much.

What is your most unappealing habit?
Biting my cuticles.

What is the worst job you’ve done?
When I was younger, I appeared in the Halifax adverts that featured a cake or a bridge made of hundreds of people. You stood there for three days and were not even really seen.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I would edit my worry, because I suffer from anxiety, which ruins some moments.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An English teacher, and then a dance teacher.

What is top of your bucket list?
At the moment, it is either to take my children to Bali, or to have another child.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
To Jade, my other half, because I can be hard work sometimes, and he is the most calm and understanding person I’ve ever met.

What does love feel like?
Magical, warm, but also butterflies.

What was the best kiss of your life?
My first with Jade. It was at Mel B’s house in Leeds a very long time ago and it was very passionate.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
When I was seven or eight, I got run over and was actually under the car, which was scary. I just ran out; it was totally my fault. I was fine – all I got was a tiny scar on my knee.

What has been your closest brush with the law?
One of my fears is going to prison, so I have never been close.

What keeps you awake at night?
I am a good sleeper.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a good person who was kind, funny, and a little bit naughty.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Just have a go, because it might be the best thing you ever did.

Tell us a joke
This guy went to the zoo, looked around and there was nothing in it apart from a dog. It was a shih tzu.