Stefanie Powers has admitted that although she loves animals and doesn't have any phobias, she has a different kind of fear that she'll face in the jungle.
The actress, who starred in 80s TV show Hart to Hart, is involved in international wildlife preservation and has lived in Africa and slept in tents, but she knows that the I'm a Celebrity... jungle isn't going to be easy and said:
“With those [Africa] trips you could go fully equipped to protect yourself. You could bring the necessary kit as you knew what you were up against. With this, it’s a very different approach. You are completely vulnerable. It is challenging and the unknown is the point that makes one a little anxious.”
The award-winning actress is more worried about getting rained on than starving, and she's not afraid of facing any confrontations in the jungle with the other celebrities either:
“I am not argumentative,” she said. “Nobody wants to make a fool of themselves. I have had friends who have done this show before and they have lived through it.”
Not a stranger to being away from family and friends for prolonged periods of time, she revealed: “I am an actress. I am always in a situation where our lives are not conventional. My friends do not get twitchy if you are not on the phone all the time. They are friends who you can pick up the phone to after two years and go ‘let’s get together’."
She may have an illustrious acting career behind her with several awards and accolades, but Stefanie feels that her proudest achievement was recovering from lung cancer. Thanks to early detection, treatment and her subsequent all-clear, she's gained a new lust for life and wants to take that energy and use it to tell people how important early detection is. She said:
“I was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago on the eve of my mother’s death. I had surgery and what was then up to me was my recovery and the process of recovery. It puts you through many different stages – emotional stages, intellectual stages - and now that I am recouped and performing again, doing this kind of thing makes me want to be a poster child for early detection of cancer."
Stefanie wants to inspire people who are fighting cancer and prove to people that you can lead an active life after having the disease. “I am not only a survivor of cancer, but I am now going to try and survive I’m A Celebrity...,” she joked.
The actress doesn't know what role she'll be playing in the jungle, but is determined to be a good team player and bond with the other contestants and said: “I am interested in other people. I want to see if I can get through this.”
The 69-year-old star revealed that she's not sure what to expect from the jungle, but admitted that she's looking forward to meeting any challenge with her best effort.
The glamorous actress is quite used to taking life as it comes, as she proves through her busy lifestyle. “I am doing a play afterwards,” she explained. “And so when I finish doing this, I will go straight into rehearsals.”