My MUM says I’M feral!

Her mum thinks she’s feral and she’d love to have a go at Strictly Come Danc­ing and The Great Celebrity Bake Off, reveals Anna Passey...

Soaplife - - Interview - Ali­son James

when she’s not play­ing dys­func­tional si­enna Blake in Hol­lyoaks, we’re used to see­ing ac­tress Anna Passey glammed up on the red car­pet. But she says she’s hap­pi­est when she’s not wear­ing make-up or, er, shoes. ‘My mum says that’s the feral me,’ she laughs as she chats to Soaplife on the phone. ‘I feel most com­fort­able when I’m a bit scruffy – in my gym gear, bare-faced and shoe­less, with my hair loose or scrunched up. My other “setting” is red car­pet glam and, to be hon­est, there’s not much in be­tween with me. I don’t do the glammed-up, red-car­pet look all that of­ten, so it’s great fun when I do and I re­ally en­joy it. how­ever, I’d get bored if I did it ev­ery sat­ur­day night. the low-main­te­nance, ca­sual look is the real me.’ Read on to dis­cover more about the real Anna…

What do you like do­ing when you’re not work­ing?

Any­thing sporty. Box­ing is my lat­est ob­ses­sion and I’ve been train­ing at a box­ing gym for about a year. I also en­joy do­ing weights, horse rid­ing and yoga. I just love yoga and it’s be­come very im­por­tant to me. It’s a great way to un­wind af­ter a long day film­ing. You can sort of switch off and it means you don’t end up tak­ing your work home with you. Usu­ally, when I fin­ish a work day, I ei­ther head straight to the gym for an hour or go to yoga.

Do you eat healthily, too?

Yes, I do. I en­joy cook­ing good food. For­tu­nately, I’m not a lover of fast or junk food, but I do en­joy a glass of Mal­bec! For me, the strug­gle with eat­ing healthily comes when you’re work­ing re­ally long days or on night shoots. It’s about try­ing to fit ev­ery­thing in and plan­ning your meals ahead. that way, you’re not so hun­gry you end up eat­ing bis­cuits.

You’ve been in Hol­lyoaks for al­most six years. Are you still en­joy­ing it?

I love it! I was only ever meant to be in the show for a year, then I was of­fered an­other con­tract. I never ex­pected to still be here sev­eral years later, but the writ­ers al­ways seem to come up with grip­ping sto­ry­lines for my char­ac­ter. I love si­enna and I can’t imag­ine putting her to bed yet.

Are you still dat­ing Nick Rhys, who used to play Lockie Camp­bell in Hol­lyoaks?

Yes. We’ve been to­gether get­ting on for five years now. nick’s in Los Angeles at the mo­ment, so it’s rather a long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship. It’s not

al­ways easy with him on the other side of the world, but that’s of­ten what you get when you date an­other ac­tor. Maybe I should have cho­sen a plumber or some­thing – only jok­ing! I’ve just been out to Cal­i­for­nia to see him, ac­tu­ally – and to catch up with other friends who also live there. I had a re­ally great time.

Who are your real-life best mates in Hol­lyoaks?

Jes­sica Fox, who plays Nancy Os­borne, is my next-door neigh­bour in real life and my bestest friend. When I first joined the show, I had a huge sto­ry­line with her and she took me un­der her wing and she showed me the ropes. Ac­tu­ally, all of us girls are pretty good friends. Jeremy Sh­effield, who played Si­enna’s dad, Pa­trick Blake, re­ally was like fam­ily to me and, although he left Hol­lyoaks some time ago and he’s now back in Lon­don, I still see him as of­ten as I pos­si­bly can.

Are you any­thing like Si­enna in real life?

Ob­vi­ously, I’m no child kid­nap­per, but we do share a few traits. I’m a bit ’OCD’, like Si­enna. I catch my­self putting coast­ers un­der peo­ple’s drinks and tidy­ing around stuff.

How did you get into act­ing?

I al­ways wanted to do it. From a very early age, I loved watch­ing films, and my par­ents took me to the theatre and cin­ema quite a lot. I loved drama at school and I wanted to pur­sue it as a ca­reer. But the deal with my par­ents was that I went to uni­ver­sity and got a de­gree first. I stud­ied English lit­er­a­ture, which ac­tu­ally isn’t a mil­lion miles away from drama. I stud­ied plays as part of my course and, while I was at uni­ver­sity, I worked at the Fringe Fes­ti­val in Ed­in­burgh. Af­ter that, I went into Hol­lyoaks. I think I’ve been very lucky in­deed.

Would you ever do a re­al­ity show?

Umm, it’s not re­ally my bag, but the one re­al­ity show I would like to do is

Strictly Come Danc­ing. I’d love to learn how to dance prop­erly. You look at the con­tes­tants’ jour­neys as they learn their steps and it’s amaz­ing. They get into great shape, they have the best fun and they all seem to love it. I also love mak­ing cakes, so The Great

Celebrity Bake Off would be an­other re­al­ity show I’d con­sider.

The ac­tress has had tough sto­ry­lines in Hol­lyoaks... Anna’s been dat­ing fel­low ac­tor Nick Rhys for five years... Jeremy Sh­effield, who played Si­enna’s dad, is still a good pal Anna with Jes­sica Fox, Jen­nifer Met­calfe and Gemma Merna

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