I’ve been mentioning trips to Belfast for a while and I can finally reveal the project I’ve been so secretive is about is my role in The Disney Channel’s drama ‘The Lodge.’ I play the role Rebecca in season 2. Rebecca is a music producer who stirs up a bit of drama between two of the girls in the show. It’s been really fun acting again and it was such a lovely show to work on. It was fun becoming a character who is nothing like me, she’s ruthless and will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. I have done some acting in the past before I got in the band so it was nice to revisit it. My sisters, who both are both experienced actors were giving me lots of tips before hand. All of the young actors in the show are so talented, it was lovely to see. I’m sure a lot of them will go on to have their own careers as they get older. As music is a big part of the show they include performances as music videos. Some of the choreographers and directors involved are people that I know as they have worked with Girls Aloud in the past. Max and Dania directed our Long Hot Summer video. The choreographer Royston danced with us in the early days . It was lovely having so many familiar faces. The show will start in June.
A few weeks ago I did my first shoot since having Cole for the cover of Fabulous magazine. I always love shooting with them as they have a fantastic team and always do fun shoots but I was slightly apprehensive about the shoot this time. I was a little worried about what I would wear for the shoot as I’m still not back to my normal weight so it’s tricky to find things I feel comfortable in at the moment. I was going to put it off for a bit as didn’t feel ready but when I saw the styling ideas before the shoot I became more relaxed.
It was a grungey/sixties vibe with which is an unusual style for me but I wanted to do something different as I’ve done so many shoots. The styling made me feel very comfortable as we made it work with loads of layering and statement pieces that were strong looks but not exposing which was great. We shot in a studio in Dalston which I’ve worked in loads of times over the years with the girls. We did calendar shoots and tour programmes there. At this stage there’s very few studios I haven’t shot in before to be honest! It was a really fun shoot and I was so happy when I saw the results at the end of the shoot.
I’ve been loving the sunshine we’ve had this past week! It’s so lovely not having to wrap up and the boys love being outside so when the sun’s out they’re happy! We had a lovely BBQ at my older sister Sally’s over the bank holiday and Bobby and his cousins spend the whole afternoon throwing water bombs I’ve never seen them so excited! It was chaos but it’s so lovely seeing them having so much fun.