Interview - Danielle Brent (Natalie)
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER.
Natalie Buxton is a fantastic part to play - she is manipulative and evil to the core.
She is a psychopath who adapts to any given situation whilst also making sure she will always come out on top. She doesn't mind who she steps on to get there.
SHE BEEN BANGED UP FOR?
Natalie at first covers what she is in there for. But the reason is not very nice at all. And she is pleading she is innocent.
SYMPATHISE WITH YOUR CHARACTER? DO YOU HAVE ANY RESPECT
For the things she does to others, like the way she uses them for personal gain - no I don't have any respect for her as she is not a nice lady at all.
But this world is full of awful people who have lead awful lives for no fault of their own. And Natalie too has her own set of issues which is why she acts the way she does. This doesn't make it right - it just makes it a portrait of real life.
I do respect her leadership qualities and the fact she takes no shit from the others. I myself am a lot less forward than Natalie and a bit of a walkover in comparison.
ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER?
Natalie Buxton is rotten to the core so no there are no obvious character similarities - but we look and sound similar!
YOU LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN
The problem with meeting someone like Natalie is that you never see the real Natalie until you upset her. Her unpredictable violent side is something you would want to avoid at all cost or your life could be in danger - so it's probably not good to get to know her too well!
COULD CHANGE A KEY FACT ABOUT THE CHARACTER YOU PLAY WHAT WOULD YOU
I wouldn't change a thing. She is violent, calculating, manipulative, clever and quick thinking, yet to everyone else she comes across as sweet, caring, vulnerable and wide eyed. So I couldn't ask to play a better character.
CHARACTER COULD ESCAPE LARKHALL DO YOU THINK SHE WOULD BEHAVE
DIFFERENTLY ON THE OUTSIDE? DO YOU THINK SHE WOULD HAVE
LEARNT HER LESSON?
Natalie would always adapt and if she ever did escape, I would feel sorry for the people she meets, she is just plain dangerous.
YOUR OPINION OF THE CURRENT PRISON SYSTEM AND HAS HAVING THIS ROLE
IN BAD GIRLS CHANGED IT?
I know overcrowding is a big issue for this country's prisons and I think this is a situation which needs to be addressed.
But for me the isolation of being in prison is the thing that scares me. I think it would drive me insane. I couldn't cope being banged up. It's bad enough spending a day in a pretend cell.
COULD INFLUENCE/INSTIGATE OTHER METHODS OF CORRECTING, PUNISHING OR
PREVENTING CRIME - WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I don't believe in "life for a life". I think it is more of a punishment to be left alive to think about what you have done. I suppose death is the easy way out. In prison, instead of your freedom your life and your rights as a human are stripped from you. Your life is run by the system and it's a system that can be corrupt itself - yes that is a punishment.
BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH BAD GIRLS?
The show is just great to work on. I've wanted to do something like Bad Girls since I left Hollyoaks and I feel privileged to be working with the cast and crew. I am enjoying my time here and I don't have to travel too far from my home so it is a perfect job!
ANY DIFFICULTIES BEING INVOLVED WITH SUCH A HIGH PROFILE
I'm not sure but I'm sure it could be on the cards with this character as she is so nasty I might find a few viewers don't like her!
YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE
When I found out that I had the part of Natalie I phoned my Mum. She was the first one I told and she was screaming with excitement. Then she asked me about the character and I told her I was playing a psychopath and she blurted out "Oh you'll be fabulous at that - you've been watching me for years!"
YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? ANY HOBBIES OR SPORTS YOU
ENJOY WHEN YOU ARE ON THE OUTSIDE?
Before I started acting I used to dance so I do the odd dance class and I'm a gym member but I can never quite manage to commit to going but I keep paying my membership. Hopefully one day I'll get there.
ENJOY LUXURY HEALTH AND BEAUTY TREATMENTS?
I love massage - deep sports massage - rather than massages that feel like you are being stroked. I hate that, I come away feeling more stressed than when I went in!
YOUR FAVOURITE WAY OF PAMPERING YOURSELF?
A day shopping with a good foot massage at the end of it - that's what I do when I'm feeling a bit down.
WERE BANGED UP FOR REAL AND HAD TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT, HOW WOULD
YOU TRY AND SPEND YOUR TIME?
I have always wanted to finish off my A' levels. As I started English and Art at school then I landed the part of Gina in Hollyoaks, I had only got 6 months through them and have never had the chance to finish them. So if I was in prison for real I would like to finish my A' levels.
IF YOU HAD
TO SPEND TIME IN PRISON FOR REAL - WHAT, APART FROM YOUR GENERAL
FREEDOM, WOULD YOU MISS THE MOST?
My friends. I couldn't cope without them or if I ever needed to talk to them and I couldn't, I know I would freak out.
My friend Elly and I speak on average 4 - 6 times a day and I wouldn't know what I would do if I couldn't contact her. She would have to get banged up too!
FILMS/BOOKS/DRAMAS HAVE BEEN BASED ON PRISON LIFE.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE?
I loved Shawshank Redemption. And Midnight Express is another favourite of mine. And there was a BBC drama called "Out of Control" about a young boy who got sent to a juvenile prison. It was an horrific insight into how children treat each other under such circumstances. It was brilliant but scared the hell out of me.
BAD GIRLS WHAT ROLE WERE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
Gina Patrick in Hollyoaks.
I was 17 when I got the part and it was the best training I could have wished for. I had a great time in that show. The cast were great people.
YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
Kelly Sumner in The Bill - I was about 14 it was just one episode and I was so scared. I used to watch The Bill and thought everyone was great and couldn't believe I was there!
YOUR FIRST EVER JOB?
I used to get about 10 pounds per week for stapling invoices together when I was 15. It was my stepfather's company - god it was boring but easy money - you don't get anything for free in my family!
YOUR STAR SIGN?
AND DO YOU
BELIEVE IN THINGS LIKE THIS?
Yes and no.. I find myself reading my star sign when my life changes.
YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I was born in Rush Green in Essex.
YOU LIVE NOW?
London - I live quite central which is always good at weekends.