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AISHA Toussaint tells us all about the new series of fantasy adventure game show Raven.
How did you feel when you put on the Raven costume for the first time?
I think my full character only came out when I put on the full costume. It definitely changes you, helps you to get properly into the role. Having my leathers on and my staff in my hand just made everything work. I felt like it also gave me a great strength, really made me ‘feel’ like Raven for the first time. It’s like my armour to really be Raven. I had to do a double-take in the mirror, though, when I saw myself for the first time. I still think it hasn’t sunk in sometimes.
How did you want to put your own stamp on Raven?
I know the big difference is that Raven is now female and that’s very relevant today. We’ve got a female Doctor Who for the first time ever and now we’ve got a female Raven. It’s brilliant to have such positive role models for girls. Raven is not just a female role model, though, she’s a brilliant role model for all young people. She’s intelligent and strong, but also very caring and protective. The relationship between her and the warriors is sometimes that of teacher and student, but she’s also a guardian and protector who mentors the warriors, and I think showing that softer side to her is really important.
Did you have a favourite challenge on the show?
I loved Leap Of Faith and I had the chance to have a go at the challenge myself. You have to climb really high up in the trees with a harness on and literally take a ‘leap of faith’, jumping into the air to try to catch treasure rings. My heart was pounding when I was up there and it just gave me even more respect for the children who were the warriors. They’re brave, brave young people who gave it their all in every challenge they faced. I know plenty of adults who wouldn’t even attempt some of the things they did. I was very, very proud of them.
What are you most looking forward to about the new series?
I can’t wait to see how all the special effects come together. I know so much work has been put in on that front to make it all appear really magical, and I’m sure the finished product will look stunning. Other than that, I just hope everyone loves the show – both the original fans like me and the next generation who I hope will enjoy it as much as I did when I was a kid. Catch Raven at 3:50pm on CBBC, every weekday until the Grand Tournament final on 22 December.