FASHION: Stylish spirits; Christina Cole and Jemima Rooper, the glamorous stars of Sky One's spooky new drama Hex, tell us about lesbian ghosts and snogging in their undies...
Christina Cole, 23, from Oxfordshire, plays Cassie (above, centre):
`Everyone's calling Hex the UK version of Buffy, which is great because I love Buffy. I wouldn't dare say I was the new Sarah Michelle Gellar, but if this show is half as successful, that would be fantastic. It's more of a chick flick - it's about two adolescent girls growing up in a haunted boarding school.
I'm a bit superstitious and I have a ritual of things I go through before auditions, but I wasn't worried about doing a spooky show like this. Jemima and I play best friends, although her character is a lesbian with a crush on me. At the start of the series, my character Cassie is quite an introvert and a bit nerdy, so she wears thick-knit cardigans. But then she becomes more confident and has more of a hippy-surfer style. At one point, she becomes possessed, and wears some really sexy outfits. There were a few underwear scenes I wasn't too comfortable with. Jemima and I had to do some lesbian kissing scenes, so we were both going, "Can you keep on that side so my cellulite doesn't show?" It was very funny.
I love clothes, particularly from All Saints. I don't have enough money to be a shopaholic, but I wish I did. I love the cropped tweed trousers from this shoot - I'd definitely wear those. But normally I'm not quite as "hippy chic" as this.
As an actress, you do feel under pressure to look good, so I go to the gym to keep in shape. I've never done any modelling before. I've been told I'm too curvy and, to be honest, I do have a bum. Like any girl, I have fat and ugly days. My boyfriend Mark is always going, "Oh shut up! Your bum doesn't look too big in that!"'
Jemima Rooper, 22, from west London, plays Thelma:
`I'd worked with the producers of Hex before, on Channel 4's As If. A year ago, I got a call saying they had the perfect character for me. I was so excited, then I got the script and discovered I'd be playing a lesbian ghost. Nice one, guys! It was weird playing my death scene - I get stabbed in the first episode. The worst part was when my dead body was dragged out of a lake. The water was freezing and I had to lie still which was impossible, as my body was convulsing. Unfortunately I died in a lacy party dress so I couldn't wear a wetsuit underneath.
But Thelma is a lovely character. She's very comfortable with herself and has her own identity. Her style is a bit wacky and off-the-wall. My costumes are nearly all red and black. I have a great PVC coat with black and white polka dots, and little red dresses. I also wear spotted wellies in a couple of scenes. I wouldn't wear that kind of stuff myself, but it's fun to wear it on screen. I also had to have a weird haircut - short on one side and long on the other.
For myself, I like vintage stuff. I love the clothes on today's shoot, although I'm not usually this well co-ordinated.'
Hex starts tonight at 9pm on Sky One
Christina (left) wears: top, pounds 45, Warehouse; skirt, pounds 29, Zara; faux-fur jacket, pounds 39.99, River Island
Jemima (right) wears: dress, pounds 35, Per Una at Marks & Spencer; scarf, pounds 18.99, and bracelet, pounds 8, both Accessorize
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Fashion: Charlotte Adsett, assisted by: AJ Foronda. Photography: Chloe Mallett. Hair: Melissa Brown using Paul Mitchell. Make-up: Lica Fensome using Bobbi Brown. Christina (left) wears; dress, pounds 34.99, River Island; jeans, pounds 25,
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Oct 17, 2004|
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