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A chat with Emily from 'Skins'

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Emily and Katie's home life is explored this week in Skins. But let's be honest, what we're all most interested in is if Emily and Naomi get their happy ever after. With that in mind, we gave actress Kathryn Prescott a call - and she gave us a few teasers on this week's episode.

Have you been recognised a lot since you've appeared on screen?
"Yeah, I have. Mostly, people just whisper - especially when I'm at college! It's worse when I go out with Lily (Loveless, who plays Naomi) - people go crazy! It's quite cool if you've got someone with you because you can share the excitement and it doesn't make you nervous."

Do you think the public have taken well to Emily?
"Well, everyone who has come up to me has been quite nice. I've had no bad experiences, so I think Emily has been received really well, which is cool. I really like her!"

How would you describe her?
"She started out - and always has been - overpowered by her sister. She's really shy and under-confident and she doesn't have many friends - not because she's boring, but because of her sister, Katie. Whenever they meet new people, everyone is attracted to Katie because she's the one in the mini-skirt and she's talkative."

As far as twins go, they are very different...
"The way they've written it is brilliant. Most twin parts you see on TV have them written as best friends, and me and Meg (Katie) find that strange because we don't know any twins who get on that well. Living with someone for nearly 18 years would drive you mad, even if you were good friends. Katie and Emily's relationship is really realistic."

So why is Katie so mean to Emily?
"I think a part of it is that Katie is jealous of all the attention Emily has been getting since all the Naomi stuff came out. And also, I think she's probably secretly worried that everyone will think she's gay just because her sister is! Even though Katie is horrible to Emily, she still needs her. And now that Emily is trying to break away, Katie's scared."

How are things at home for them?
"Their mum and dad are far from perfect, but they're so funny! The dad is a fitness fanatic and runs a business called Fitch Fitness. Their mum is quite protective of them both, but refuses to ever take a side when they argue, which aggravates Emily."

Let's talk Naomi. What's the situation between the girls?
"Emily's gone through this whole emotional struggle with herself. She's questioned whether she's gay and after denying it for a while, she's finally admitted it. I think she's felt better since then, and she's dealt with it. For Naomi, it's a different story - she's still very much questioning herself. She likes Emily a lot, but she's scared because this is a whole new life for her."

Could Emily and Naomi work as a couple?
"Yeah, I think they could. Emily has suffered some harsh rejection from Naomi, and she's really put herself out there. If she can forgive Naomi for the humiliation she made her feel, they could be great together!"

There's quite a lot of nudity - does it bother you to film those scenes?
"Yeah, it does! What's great, though, is that you never have to do anything you're uncomfortable with - even if it's in the script. It was so daunting at the start of the series, but by the end your embarrassment levels get pushed to the absolute max and then further, so you stop feeling embarrassed. it's cool because you end up much more confident and as an actor it's a great first role because you can move on and not be nervous."

A new series has been commissioned - congratulations!
"It's great news. I don't know what's next for Emily but I'm excited to find out. The writers haven't decided yet, but we all had a meeting with them the other day to talk about our characters and where they should go. I can't tell you what was said, but it's really exciting!"

Skins continues Thursday at 10pm on E4.

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