Soap siren Roxanne Pallett: I’ve never considered myself to be a sex symbol
By Mark Molloy (Metro UK): The 29-year-old pin-up is regarded as one of TV’s hottest female actresses having been nominated for the honour on several occasions at the British Soap Awards, as well as topping various sexiest lads’ mag polls throughout her career.
However the brunette beauty, who has also fronted the international cover of Maxim and British men’s monthly Loaded, finds the tag an amusing one.
‘I think it’s nonsense, I know the truth,’ she laughed. ‘I don’t think you can take it too personally.’
‘It’s just an illusion that’s built around you. I mean I’m very flattered but it does not go to my head at all.’Cumbrian born Pallett, who will guest star in medical drama Casualty this month, also revealed she would consider stripping off again if it was necessary in a future role.
‘I mean I’d never say never. I look at [photo shoots] as just expressing yourself, as art. You wouldn’t go to the shops dressed like that but it’s in its own context- so it’s fine.
‘I’ve grown up getting changed for PE behind a cubicle. I was never one of those girls who could get changed in front of everyone.
‘Doing kissing scenes, you can’t get nervous about things like that, so those photo shoots definitely build up your confidence and that’s important as an actor.’
After starring in Hollywood flick Lake Placid 3 and a series of stage productions, Pallett made a welcome return to our screens this month playing 17-year-old rebellious sixth former Shelby Dixon in BBC hit series Waterloo Road.
And the actress admitted she drew on her own experiences at school in preparation for playing a character twelve years her junior.
She told metro.co.uk: ‘I was quite rebellious when I was in sixth form. Not in the same way as she (Shelby) is but I definitely took myself back to twelve years ago when I was in that school uniform and getting into trouble.‘I was more cheeky than bad and the teachers used to send me out into the corridor- but I used to just practice my autograph on the wall.’
She added: ‘I’ve always looked younger than I am so it wasn’t a shock to my friends and family because I’m forever getting asked for ID.’Discussing her steamy on-screen kiss with Britain’s Got Talent sensation and co-star George Sampson, she said she would describe it as more professional than passionate.
‘It’s not how it looks to the audience, what they don’t see is there’s about 30 crew members and three cameras pointing at you,’ said the former Dancing on Ice competitor.
‘It’s never one of those days where you get up and go to work and think ‘oh this is normal’. It never feels normal for you to be kissing someone that you’re not really romantically with, but you just get used to it.’
She also refused to rule out a return to Emmerdale sometime in the future, a role for which she won critical acclaim following a high profile domestic violence storyline with co-star Kelvin Fletcher.
‘They’ve left it open for Jo to return so I always look at that as an option,’ she revealed.
‘It’s such a brilliant character, so if the time was right for myself and the show then that would be fantastic.’