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Twitter Chat: Sharon Rooney


We asked Sharon Rooney your questions on Twitter! Read back the full Q&A below


S2-Ep6: Dear Diary

Any bog-standard therapist will tell you that the basis of all good human relationships is trust. You can have all the other things but if you don’t have trust the relationship will crumble and, Diary, I don’t trust you anymore.

True, we’ve had our ups and downs. I liked you/me when you/me said I was funny or had great taste in bands and disliked you/me when you/me said I was fat or repulsive to men, but now I see I wasn’t hating you/me enough.

I’m not just fat and repulsive, I’m a terrible friend as well. If you go to the library in Stamford and head for the aisle by the toilets you’ll find a whole load of books about self-loathing and how to vanquish it.

People with names like Barbara or Tony tell you to embrace your authentic being and stop hating yourself, but what if some people deserve to be hated?You wouldn’t tell a serial killer to forgive himself, or the guy that invented the atom bomb. So why should someone who left her best friend in the hands of a coked-up twenty-four year old called Ian forgive herself?

Seeing myself through Chloe’s eyes has made me question the whole point of this diary. Don’t hate me if I don’t come back. I’ll probably have moved into novels. At least they’ll have more truth in them.

- Rae

For all of Rae’s diary extras from the Series so far head over here

TRAILER: My Mad Fat Diary (S2-Ep7: Series 2 Finale)

Q&A: Dan Cohen (AKA Archie)


Dan Cohen isn’t on Twitter but GREAT NEWS, he answered YOUR questions (submitted via social media) anyway! Read on to find out what he had to say -

1.) What advice would you give to someone that is struggling coming out to their friends and family?

Have courage. Know that you deserve to be treated with love and respect by the people around you, and don’t accept anything less. Most importantly have love and respect for yourself. You’re fine just the way you are, thank you very much! 

I’m sure it can be a daunting step to take, and there are many excellent organisations that can provide advice and support; Stonewall and the Lesbian & Gay Switchboard to name a few. If you’re concerned about a hostile reaction from family, then get in touch with a charity called The Albert Kennedy Trust. It’s also worth checking out the It Gets Better Project videos or 

Lastly, and perhaps most obviously, homophobia should not be tolerated by anybody, whether you’re straight or gay. So those with gay friends, stand with them, and if necessary, stand up for them.

2.) Are there any similarities between you and Archie?

We have the same glasses. Other than that we’re similar in many small ways, I kept him relatively close to myself.

3.) How do you pass the time between scenes backstage?

Eating lots of biscuits and drinking lots of tea, and distracting the lovely crew who are trying to work.

4.) If you could be any other character, who would you choose?

I’d love to play Rae’s Mum- what a brilliant character- though nobody could top Claire’s performance.

5.) What is your favourite memory of shooting Series 2?

Shooting the camping scenes were fun. It’s always a good atmosphere when the gang’s all on set together.

6.) What is your favourite aspect about the relationship between Archie and Rae?

For me, it’s that they are very comfortable with each other. In my head they regularly spend Sundays in pyjamas, eating pizza and watching classic 80s films together.

7.) How different is it playing a teenager in the 90s to now?

I imagine it’s mainly the clothes, and the level of eye contact people used to make before they owned mobile phones.

8.) If you could give your character one piece of advice what would it be and why?

My advice would be: Go and listen to Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann. That’s much better than anything I could come up with.

9.) We loved Archie’s performance in the first episode, do you dabble in music on the side?

I used to play in a band, and still write and play music with friends when I get the chance. 

Listen to Dan sing Archie’s song

Episode 7 Spoiler Clips!

HOLD UP! This is an Episode SEVEN Spoiler post! Don’t click play on the videos below if you haven’t watched Episode SIX on 4oD. We don’t want to upset you with clips you don’t want to see!

You can watch the 4oD premiere of Episode 6 here

As usual, please try not to spoil the eps for other viewers (keep these to yourself if you can or tag them appropriately). Thanks guys!

Q&A: Jodie Comer (AKA Chloe)

We caught up with the lovely Jodie Comer who plays Chloe and asked her YOUR questions submitted via Twitter and Facebook. Keep reading to see if your question was answered.

1.) If you had to pick a member of the gang to go onto a desert island with for a week, who would it be?

That would be CHOP! Sexy parties, say no more.

2.) If you could give Chloe one piece of advice what would it be and why?

I would tell Chloe to stop doubting herself. I’d also say take a break from boys.

3.) What is it like playing Chloe and where do you find inspiration for your role? Who inspires you?

I love Chloe to bits. She’s so much fun to play. Yes, at times she’s a bitch and she doesn’t think before she speaks but who does? She’s also fun and loyal and honest. We all do things Chloe does whether we like to admit it or not.

4.) Do you think Chloe is a good friend to Rae, and vice versa?

Chloe and Rae are best friends. They BOTH make mistakes and BOTH don’t realise just how much they need one another and that’s what’s so beautiful. In Series 2 they learn together just how much one needs the other. I hope the audience enjoy watching that, it was great to film.

5.) What’s it like working with Sharon? Is it nice working with a close friend?

SHARON IS THE BEST. As soon as we met at the read through for Series 1 we were joined at the hip. We’ve had some amazing scenes together especially this year. They were my favourite thing about filming - working on scenes and coming away like, * high 5 * BUT she gives me terrible giggles on set which isn’t good because then I get shouted at!

6.) Chloe has loads of amazing 90s outfits. Which costume/outfit was your favourite to wear during the series?

I love all my costumes on the show! I used to go onto the costume bus with Hannah Wood the designer and we’d look for the funkiest stuff for Chloe’s wardrobe. Chloe’s Ellesse trainers are my favourite. ALSO the pink fur jacket Chloe wore to the fun fair… it was amazing but the fur got everywhere and costume were chasing me around set all day with a lint roller!

7.) What was your favourite scene to film, and why?

The gang scenes are always great to film. They are so much fun because everyone really brings the best out of each other. It’s through the gang scenes you really get to see the individual relationships and you learn something new each time.

8.) If you could choose to play another role in MMFD which would it be?

I couldn’t pick another character to play as I think everyone plays their characters so perfectly! I really couldn’t I’m sorrrry!

9.) What’s your best memory of filming Series 2?

The girl gang scenes especially the common room scene.  I’ve never laughed so much in my life and I think I can vouch for all the girls on that!  Sacha, Jodie, Kirsty and Suzie came fit right in from the beginning and were just brilliant. It was quiet when they left!

10.) How do you prepare for the difficult emotional scenes?

Emotional scenes can be tough because you may have to do eight takes before you get the right one, so it can get pretty tiring. However they’re great because they challenge you. I try my best to focus on what it is I’m doing and really think about what it is I’m saying.