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Friday 6 March 2015

Rooney: Rae is a brave character

Sharon Rooney stars in My Mad Fat Diary on E4
Sharon Rooney stars in My Mad Fat Diary on E4

My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney has revealed she is "so in love" with her character in the show.

The actress plays overweight 16-year-old Rae in the E4 comedy, who Sharon wishes had more confidence.

"I'm so in love with her. It's such an honour to play her because she's one of the bravest people that I think I'll ever come across," she said.

"She's just this breath of fresh air that doesn't realise just how fantastic she is, and how cool she is. She makes everyone feel good and happy and she doesn't see it.

"She's too wrapped up in wanting to be normal, whatever that is."

The Scottish actress revealed she took the show's emotional scenes in her stride.

"Beverly, our script supervisor, would sometimes get a bit teary on set. That's when I'd know that we'd done something good. When she cried, it was like, 'Beverley's crying?! Yes! This was a good day at the office!'"

Sharon added: "The good thing about her, whether you're a boy or girl or fat or thin or whatever ethnicity you are, something that Rae's gone through you can go, 'Ooh yeah I remember that' or, 'I feel like that today'."

:: My Mad Fat Diary continues on Mondays on E4

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