"Great LezBritian" is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of British lesbo-centric entertainment and culture. Plus there will be some jolly good interviews with the top ladies who are waving the flag for gay UK.
Until her role in Lip Service as Lou Foster, Roxanne McKee was most widely recognised as an entirely different hot mess that also answered to the name of Lou. Hairdresser, gangster’s moll and sometime alcoholic, Louise Summers in the British soap Hollyoaks was the part that made Roxanne a frequent entrant on FHM’s "Sexiest Women In the World" polls. And indeed, Lou Foster may keep her on them if the reaction she’s had so far is anything to go by.
We spoke to Roxanne a couple of months ago, the day after she returned from a break in the sun. She had just experienced a tangled web in her transit back to the UK, having been stuck on the Greek Island of Paros, missing flights and being re-routed back to Crete. Despite the jetlag, she was warm, bright as a button and clearly much, much more than just a pretty face.
Since last week’s episode when we saw Lou pick Tom-the-prick over Tess, opinion has been divided over how much understanding Lou should receive. We asked Roxanne what she thinks of Lou Foster, whether Lou really loved Tess, how she thinks things could develop in a second series between them and her forthcoming HBO series A Game of Thrones.
AfterEllen.com: How did you first hear about Lip Service?
AE: What did you know about Lou’s character?
AE: Lou is the only closeted character and it is difficult to completely understand what her true feelings are for Tess, what do you think they are?
My back story for Lou is that she comes from a family that is narrow-minded and she thinks if she was to let the cat out of the bag then she might lose the reputation that she has worked so hard to build up and she would embarrass her family. So she doesn’t follow her heart, she sticks with the man and not the woman, which I think is incredibly sad and naïve — but it certainly opens up the possibility of more Lou in a second series.
AE: What do you think was so special about Tess and Lou’s relationship?