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...
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