AMC: Do you feel like working on Skins made you a better actor?
KP: Definitely!Well, hopefully! I think acting is all about that confidence and beforeI did Skins I didn’t know what the bloody hell, like, what was going on. I didn’t know if I was, you know—even just getting the part was—and Istill don’t know whether I’m good or not because you never do because you can’t judge yourself. Acting is about having confidence, a lot of people who are really good actors sometimes come across as bad actors because they’re having a confidence dip, which is really annoying. But yeah, I think I learned a lot from it.
I know what you learn in drama school is completely different. But I was thinking about going to drama school for ages but then I did Skins and I realized that I didn’t want to go study it, I wanted to do it and because I’m interested in tv and film, more naturalistic acting, I thought that it was the best drama school I could have gone to. By doing Skins, I met amazing people.
AMC: Afterspending some time in the US this summer, do you have any thoughts on how the American film and television industry compares with what you’ve experienced in Britain?
KP: I don’t really have enough experience with the American one to judge it. So far as I can see, it’s maybe a little bit more cut throat just because America’s bigger therefore there’s more people to contest against. But then in a way it means you’re kind of different because you’re English, but then there’s loads of English actors. I don’t know, it scares me a little bit but it’s really exciting at the same time.
They seem to do things on a bigger scale, obviously, because the base of the film industry is in Los Angeles. So it would be cool just because—like I don’t want to go and beall Hollywood—but it would be cool just because they seem to have on certain things, not all things, but just bigger budgets for things. So therefore, they get to be more experimental and as an actor, I guess yougain more experience from the things you do. That’s something I really,really want to do.
AMC: Do you worry that people will always see you as Emily and that it might impact the sort of roles you get offered in the future?
KP: Yeah,when I go into certain auditions they say, because my voice sounds a particular way, it just reminds them of Emily, which is difficult. I don’t think I’d get stuck as Emily because I want to play different things and also because I got rid of the hair, which is the main thing. Ithink it was good that they gave me such a particular haircut because Icould easily change it. But that’s not something I really worry about, Iworry about getting stuck in typical teenage girl, middle class thing, like Emily was. But I think when you get auditions for stuff you just have to prove yourself in the auditions and as long as you do that, you won’t get stuck.
AMC: When people look back on the Naomily storyline, how do you want it to be remembered?
KP: Hopefullysomething that portrayed something in an honest way and was the first thing of its kind, really. Something that was just portraying a beautiful relationship between two young girls who weren’t sure of anything but were still really in love.
AMC: Of course, the question on every fan’s mind is what is happening with the film and will Naomily be in it?
KP: Literally,I don’t think anyone knows what’s going on. I want it to happen, like it would be cool to work with those people again and kind of have that experience because obviously I’ve never been in a film before. Also, because I just want to get back into acting and working with Lily again would be cool.
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