|LARA CROFT REVEALS ALL
- Lara in the Irish Times - Monday,
April 13, 1998
a sex symbol for boys, and Girl Power for
girls. Lara Croft gives her first ever
interview to Garrett Rowe - and reveals
her Irish roots.
incredible debut in the original Tomb
Raider, Lara Croft rubber-stamped her
success in its sequel, Tomb Raider II.
She is the queen of computer games, the
world's first virtual sex symbol, with no
competition worth talking about (unless
Mario takes your fancy). Last week
Computimes managed to track her down -
via the Net of course - to a quiet
location 55 kilometres outside Lima,
Peru, where Lara often likes to unwind
after her escapades. The following are
excerpts from our virtual interview.
Q: Not so
long ago you were a completely unknown
entity and in a relatively short space of
time you have become a world famous
heroine and sex symbol. How has this fame
affected you - has it changed you as a
always been my own person, and fame will
never change my attitude to life. If I
did my family and friends would not be
slow in informing me if my opinions of
myself got out of hand. Fame has its
difficulties but I just tend to get on
Raider and Tomb Raider 2 are rated as two
of the best games of all time. How big a
part in their success do you think you
like any project like this it was a team
effort. I was just another cog in the
machine. But I like to think that I
brought a different dimension to the
games that set them apart.
you're the first female character in a
computer game to hit the big time. Do you
think it will encourage more females to
participate in playing these games?
certainly hope so. Yeah I am sure it
will, but I think Tomb Raider has already
brought video games into more people's
lives, whether they are male or female.
It has helped make them more mainstream -
not just for spotty teenagers in dark
Q: Do you
like to get to grips with the odd game or
A: When I
get the time, sure, but I am very busy
and my schedule doesn't really allow me
much time to indulge as often as I would
could be so important to hinder your
desires for playing computer games?
[laughs], I do have to fund my jaunts
every now and then. I publish some
adventure novels based on my travels and
write various articles and abstracts for
various scholarly publications. And then
I do like to do some real adventuring
myself as you may have gathered.
people would say you are a protagonist of
Girl Power, some have even referred to
you as Virtual Spice. Are you comfortable
with those analogies?
people say or don't say isn't really
relevant to me. If it inspires people to
do something that they really want to do
then I am all for it. It isn't as easy as
it sounds. I don't know if you are aware
but I was the only survivor of a plane
crash on may way home from a school trip.
I was stranded in the Himalayas for
almost two weeks. It had a profound
effect on me. The experience convinced me
that life was for living and that I was
going to make the most of it.
adventures have brought you to many
exotic locations. Have you any plans to
A: I'd love
to go to Ireland, it really appeals to
me. My great grandmother was Irish, you
know - she lived in Chapelizod on the
outskirts of Dublin. But really I have no
plans as of yet and anyway you would just
assume it would be a location in my next
Q: So, the
question we all want to know - there will
be another Tomb Raider?
nobody knows right now. Everybody
including myself needs a good break
before any talk of another game.
Raider has often been compared to Mario
64 on the Nintendo. Have you ever met the
though I am a great admirer of his work
(but I also have been known to shoot
small, fast moving targets).
Q: Yes, you
have been known to down a few animals
with your Uzis, you're obviously not a
great animal lover.
A: On the
contrary - I love animals. I only ever
use my weapons in self-defence. I don't
do it for fun you know!
where do you see yourself in 10 years'
time? Do you plan to stay around in video
games or have you any other plans?
there are all sorts of discussions going
on at the moment so who knows what the
future entails. But one thing is for sure
I won't be needing a body double in this
millennium or the next.
the Irish Times.