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Town - Life of Wylie

“I was on a small patch of grass outside my school and I started rolling around on the grass. I was really happy. “My parents were delighted and they came on set. My friends have also been amazing but I don’t think they’ll really believe it until it’s on TV.” Jodie is a headstrong “clever and mouthy” 15-­‐year-­‐old, the younger sister of Mark, played by Andrew Scott. “I had a lot of sympathy for Jodie. When I first read the script I was struck by how little love she gets and what little joy and happiness she’s given. “I was shocked at everything that happened to her. I don’t think she’s the teenager from hell. I think she’s the teenager in hell. “The world attacks her and she attacks back. And she can do it because she’s so intelligent. I found her fascinating to get to know.” Two very different young men feature in Jodie’s story. “Harry (Toby Regbo) is the first. He’s a good guy from a posh school and will do things because he cares and is so contrasting to her family and her home life. Being with Harry means facing that she really does like someone else. “And then there’s Ashley (Callum Turner) who is plainly not as good for her in the long run. But he’s really just what she needs at that time. Ashley offers that familiarity and a game she knows how to play. Whereas Harry comes from an unknown world.” In one scene Jodie takes Harry to a local lido and they both jump in to the water. “That was really good fun to shoot. It was filmed at a lido in High Wycombe that the director Colin Teague used to go swimming in. “We had stunt doubles dressed in school uniforms who did the actual jump. I have naturally very curly hair but for Jodie that was straightened. So if I’d had to jump in myself and do another take it would have meant two hours out just to re-­‐straighten my hair. “Once in the water we liked it so much that we were still swimming for about 20 minutes after the cameras stopped.” Jodie also smokes, which meant Avigail had to deal with herbal cigarettes used for filming. “They were absolutely disgusting. I had to pretend that I was loving it and smoke herbal cigarettes the whole time for the duration of the camera rolling. And the second they would cut I’d be coughing and spluttering and drinking water.” Could Avigail identify with life in Jodie’s town of Renton? “That was something I had to think about because I live in London and my life is not like town life at all. So I called up all my friends who live in towns and asked them to explain what living in a town means to them. 17

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