Emmerdale star Roxy Shahidi has been speaking about the changes she’s previously made to scripts, revealing there was one time she refused to film a scene in her underwear.
The actress, who plays Leyla Harding in the ITV soap, appeared on Thursday’s (March 16) instalment of Steph’s Packed Lunch.
As presenter Steph McGovern got chatting to Roxy about her current storyline, which has seen Leyla kidnapped by a drug dealer called Callum, topic of conversation soon turned to initial reactions receiving scripts and how open the producers are to altering what’s ahead.
‘Everyone’s got their own body issues, haven’t they?’, she said.
‘They’re [the producers] are fantastic like that. Equally, if there’s stuff in the script that you’re not comfortable with, whether that’s emotional, or whether that’s on a physical level, whatever it is, you can always raise that.
‘For example, I was written in in an underwear scene where I shimmied into a doctor’s surgery and dropped my coat in bra and knickers and I said “no, I’m not doing that”.’
She continued: ‘And so, I ended up in a nice knee length dress from Reiss, but I did a really good shimmy, a little dance, and I think it was funnier because for me personally, I felt comfortable delivering that scene, and also people don’t want to see my bra and knickers when they’re having their tea.’
The actress also discussed the perfect way she’d like Leyla to depart the village, whenever that moment may happen:
‘100% taxi!’, she laughed.
‘If you get in a taxi, you can always come back in a taxi. You go in taxi, you come back in a taxi. So, you want the taxi really because it leaves that door fluid.
‘You don’t want to die; it’d be too sad to die. You’ve known that character for years and years and years and you’ve invested so much. I couldn’t do it, I’d weep!’.
Steph’s Packed Lunch airs Monday-Friday at 12:30pm on Channel 4 and All 4.
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