First News sup­ports chil­dren’s char­i­ties

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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.

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