Matt Willis, best known for being in Busted, has spoken to Time and Leisure magazine about starring as Dr. Pomatter in the Waitress UK and Ireland tour.

“I went to see Waitress a few years back and I loved it. It’s a great story and the music is top notch.

“I’m very like Dr. Pomatter. Every other character I’ve played has been like stepping into a character, whereas this guy is pretty much me with an American accent – well, apart from the fact he is a doctor and well educated, which is very far from me, but his personality traits, and the way he kind of holds himself is very similar. I’m enjoying being able to explore those nervous socially awkward parts of myself.

“I’ve always been that way. I’ve always found social situations jarring and not really been comfortable, so I’m very aware of how he feels. He’s this clumsy fumbling guy, who gets worse in front of Jenna, which is really fun to play.

”Waitress couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s been a long time off stage for all of us really so it’s so good to be back in a rehearsal period. I particularly love the creative aspects. When it’s all brand new and everything’s coming together, I find it really intoxicating.

“Touring is difficult at times, if I’m honest, as I’m going to be away from my family but unfortunately most of my job entails me being away from home. But with this show, I do get weeks off and some time off for Christmas.”

Matt became a vaccination volunteer in the UK earlier this year, delivering COVID-19 vaccines that are now allowing theatres to reopen.

“Seeing first-hand how well our country dealt with it was mind blowing. The NHS is a really powerful and beautiful part of our country and it was amazing to be part of the efforts in some way. And it was so touching when people came for their vaccines. These were people who had not been out for so long and they arrived wearing their Sunday best and just wanting a chat. It was also the significance of what they were doing in having the vaccine which would mean they could see their families again.”

Waitress on tour opens at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Saturday 4 September 2021. “I still have friends in the area so hopefully they’ll be coming to watch me in Wimbledon!”