The sexual assault storyline in Sex Education drew a huge response from viewers. What was it like to play?
It was a real honour, because Aimee’s storyline was based on something Laurie (Nunn, the show’s creator) experienced. She went through a similar scenario, and it was so well written. The scene in the police station afterwards, when Aimee farted, that bit really warmed my heart. You still laugh with your best mate, even when the worst crap is happening. And it was so Aimee to have a fart in there.
Do you feel like you’re similar to Aimee in real life?
It’s freaky how similar we are. And then obviously we’ve got the same name, spelled the same way, which is another coincidence. She really makes me laugh, but I think we’re both that person who always wants to be happy and skippy, even if it means putting a brave face on. The worst thing could be happening but you wouldn’t know it because we’re dancing around the place, doing high kicks.
You originally auditioned for the role of Lily, how did you end up as Aimee?
I went in three times to read for Lily and I thought she suited me because she was originally supposed to wear braces. I just thought, ‘It’s a Netflix show, I’m not going to get on there with my teeth.’ But they ended up calling me back for Aimee, and she just is me.