From Nando’s waitress, to Brit Award winner, to a leading role in the hugely successful Netflix series GLOW. Harrow-born Kate Nash is going from strength to strength, and we also mean that in a physical sense, with Kate reprising her role as Rhonda 'Britannica' Richardson, a wrestler in the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling circuit. It may sound like a long stay at the top, but there’s been a fair amount of adversity thrown into the mix since the roaring success of her debut, Made of Bricks.
Kate parted ways with major label, Universal, following her sophomore record, My Best Friend Is You, leaving her to reinvent herself as an independent artist. But in hindsight, it’s difficult to see how she ever fit into the increasingly outdated major label-artist mould: she’s always switched up the genres in her songs without warning, is an outspoken activist on LGBT and women’s rights; and, of course, refuses to sing in any accent besides her North-West London mother tongue.
Which would go some way towards explaining why she’s adapted so well to being free from Universal. Last year, her crowdfunding campaign for her most recent album, Yesterday Was Forever, raised $155,412 on Kickstarter (more than double the $70,000 goal). With the singer originally looking to pursue acting back when she attended the prestigious BRIT School, it does appear that landing a part in GLOW has had an all-round galvanising effect.
Kate is out walking her dog in California while we chat on the phone.
“We’re filming season three of GLOW at the moment,” she says, still unmistakably a Londoner, despite her burgeoning Hollywood career. “It’s a really fun season, and it feels like we’re really getting to the depths of the show now!”
I ask how much time her GLOW commitments are taking up.
“It takes up about half the year — so it’s a case of figuring out what I can do in the free time I get.”
It’s great to hear that, even though music is no longer her full-time gig, Kate is very happy to be doing both pursuits.
“It’s actually brought a lot of balance to everything,” she reflects. “And it’s nice that everything doesn’t revolve around touring now. I’m lucky to have the fanbase that I do, and that I’m not so co-dependent on one thing.”
The GLOW cast got the chance to be trained by WWE legend, Chavo Guerrero. If you are/were a follower of World Wrestling Entertainment, you may remember Chavo as part of Los Guerreros with his uncle, Eddie Guerrero, whose slogan was: 'We lie! We cheat! We steal!' (which, in hindsight, slightly feeds into the hands of Mexico-phobe Donald Trump).
“Chavo is a legend, wrestling icon, from a family of legends,” Kate smiles. “Such an amazing learning experience, and also about the culture of wrestling as well.”