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Topic: TV (10/04/18)
TITLE: When Hope Found Hannah
By Lucy Steel
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rose to fame as Maggie on TV1’s Two Hearts. Now Hannah
Coleman is moving onto the international stage – starring in
the acclaimed TV drama Korea and Me. Is there anything she
- Entertainment Weekly
Eat carbs, thought Hannah ruefully as she held the magazine in one hand while reclining gracefully on the pristine cream sofa. That’s something I can’t do - unless I want to blow up like a pufferfish. She shivered involuntarily at the thought and no less than three people ran over to offer her a jacket.
The gaggle of attendants swarming around her dabbed and patted and brushed and coloured, making her more beautiful by the second. Not that she needed any help. Hannah’s impossibly high cheekbones, full lips and enormous violet eyes were responsible for ninety percent of the male viewers of Two Hearts.
Hannah smiled graciously at everyone as they fawned around her, while she mentally ticked off the new products she was planning to talk to her supplier about after the interview. Despite her glamour, Hannah was actually an astute business woman. Although she preferred to keep that a secret – it didn’t help her starlet image.
Hannah had recently started a line of organic beauty products called Good Enough to Eat. Her Oatmeal and Avocado Miracle Masque was already a best seller, thanks to some strategically timed Instagram posts featuring her and her equally gorgeous fiancé cheekily flinging chunks of Masque at each other, white teeth gleaming and tanned bodies glowing.
Yes, life was good. She had a rising career, an attractive man, a beautiful home and adoring fans.
The interview would be featured on a new TV channel Hannah hadn’t heard of. The name of it was something to do with hope or love…. who could keep up with all these new channels emerging. The important thing was it would be a platform for Hannah to spruik her beauty products. Her new elderflower and honeydew makeup remover sat on the coffee table ready for the right moment to be unveiled.
The crew finished their pampering, satisfied that she was sufficiently preened. The interviewer, Sadie, had arrived – young, red-headed and effervescent – who sat on the chair opposite Hannah.
And three, two one!
The interview began.
Sadie asked a series of questions about Hannah’s work. She might be young but the girl had done her research. She knew every commercial and TV show of Hannah’s – even her early singing career. The interview was going smoothly and Hannah was about to begin talking about her products, when the girl asked a strange question:
‘What gives you hope?’
Hannah was taken aback. She was used to being asked in interviews questions like what motivated her or what made her happy. But she’d never been given a question quite like this.
She was a professional, however, and managed to quickly recover.
‘Oh, I think knowing I’m helping to make the world a better place through my beauty line gives me hope,’ she said.
The interview continued and Hannah received the usual compliments at the end.
‘You nailed it!’
‘You looked amazing!’
But Hannah was perturbed. She kept thinking about the hope question. She wasn’t particularly happy with her answer to it but couldn’t put her finger on why. What did give her hope? Did she even care? She had everything – why did she need hope as well? But something deep down told her this was important and she suddenly yearned for something she couldn’t quite identify… what was it?
Once everyone had left, Hannah had an hour to herself – which was rare. Usually she’d take the opportunity to plan and organise, but today she simply sat. Her elegant black sun-dress spread like a fan around her, contrasting with the cream of the sofa. She noticed a small pamphlet sitting on the coffee table that hadn’t been there before. It must have been left by the interviewer.
She leaned over and picked up the leaflet. In blue writing, surrounded by a green leafy border, it said:
Our Daily Bread.
Hannah opened to a page near the middle and read:
May the God of fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
An hour later when her fiancé knocked on the door, Hannah was still reading.
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