Lara Croft Interview – Games and Fansbt: You spend a lot of time in Lara's outfit, running around with guns – so we can probably guess the reaction you get from men, but what sort of reaction do you get from other women? What do women tend to think of Lara Croft?
Lara is a strong, independent and confident woman, so I think she’s got great appeal to woman as well as men.
bt: You must spend a lot of time around the fans though– do you have any horror stories or stalkers at all? It must get a little surreal at times.
Well, one very enthusiastic fan asked me to marry him once! On the whole though, the fans have been really fantastic. Obviously, it’s a big change from what I was doing previously but I love every minute of it. I’m having a great time.
bt: Lara’s character has changed a lot over the years, from the sex symbol of the early years to a more serious and driven character in Tomb Raider: Legend and now from what we’ve seen in Underworld too – do you think that’s a good thing, or is Lara is starting to take herself too seriously?
Lara always has and always will be a strong and confident character, so she has an everlasting appeal. She’s not really changed all that much.
bt: What do you think Lara's best and worst features are – and what do like most and least about playing her?
Could there be anything bad about playing Lara Croft? I don’t think so!
bt: There have been plenty of Lara models over the years – what are you hoping to do after Tomb Raider, or are you planning to stick around for another few stints playing Ms. Croft in future games?
Well, at the moment I‘m focusing most on perfecting the way I play the role of Lara, but after that I hope to be in films and television – but who knows, eh?
bt: Last question: Lara was originally closely based on Indiana Jones, but with Harrison Ford getting on a bit now (and the last film being especially pants) there's a gap in the market. So, if it came to it do you think you could beat Indy in no-holds barred fight for the title of King of Archaeology?
Absolutely! Lara could definitely take on Indiana Jones!
Tomb Raider: Underworld is the eighth game in the Tomb Raider series and you can read our latest hands-on preview of Tomb Raider: Underworld, check out some more pictures of Alison Carroll as Lara Croft, or let us know what you think of Lara and the game in the forums.