A week of filming and glamorous photo shoots
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It’s been quite a hectic filming week, but in and amongst the long days I’ve still had chance to partake in the odd bit of fun!
First up, Matthew Wolfenden and I did a very glamorous photo shoot for TV Times magazine to promote our current Emmerdale storyline. We are so used to being in our character clothes that it was actually quite nice to glam up our characters, David and Alicia.
We had such a brilliant team working with us, the gorgeous Lorraine McCulloch styled the shoot, while the very lovely Tally Bookbinder was in charge of hair and makeup. I loved the look — it was very old Hollywood. I’m such a huge fan of that era, as I grew up watching films from the 30s and 40s with my grandad — it’s where my love of acting and musical theatre began. I completely believe my grandad when he used to say it was the ‘Golden Age of Cinema. I’m inspired by the likes of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
I also attended the launch of the ‘Wreck My Dress’ experience in Manchester with some of the other Emmerdale girls this week. It was such a fun evening, not only because of the entertainment but because it was a lovely chance to have a girly night out with a few drinks. As we all have a lot of early starts it’s quite difficult to get us all together on a school night.
The idea behind the event itself is absolutely brilliant! Basically the ‘Wreck My Dress’ experience gives people the opportunity to create their own short film or flashmob piece which they can then use to add a bit of Hollywood to an event. For example, it could be recreating a fight scene from a James Bond film, which is then acted out in the middle of an 18th birthday party or creating a short film starring yourself as a proposal or invitation. I have to say the ‘scene’ at the launch party definitely got my attention — there were fights, fireworks and fake police!
It’s been quite a week for photo shoots as I had another one just this morning. It was so much fun because the clothes were really bright and they totally got me in the mood for summer, especially as we’ve had such a fantastic week of sunshine. It’s always great to have a selection of different looks on shoots as it helps me create different characters as it can feel quite boring just being myself!
One of my favourites from today was a hot pink neoprene dress that had quite a 50s feel (there I go again with the old school glamour) — all I needed was an apron and a cupcake to complete the ‘perfect housewife’ look which is actually quite hilarious because I’m anything but! I’m so terrible at cooking — I can just about manage a very simple spaghetti bolognese but that’s about it!
I also managed to have a good catch up with my friend from school, X Factor’s Carolynne Poole. We were having a laugh about how we used to have to sing duets in school plays….we do quite a good rendition of Enough is Enough (No More Tears).
After a hectic week, I for one am definitely looking forward to the bank holiday weekend. Hope you all have a great time and let me know what you get up to!
Love Natalie x