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Interview - Antonia Okonma (Darlene)
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PLEASE TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER.
She is loud - very loud - and boisterous. Accusing people of racism is one of her favourite pastimes.  She is talkative and defensive but weirdly she is also rather harmless as she is all mouth.  She always gets involved in things that don't concern her.  She thinks all her problems can be solved with her fists.

WHAT HAS SHE BEEN BANGED UP FOR?
She has got 4 years for GBH as she carved up someone's face with a pint glass.  She also has other drug related offences.

DO YOU SYMPATHISE WITH YOUR CHARACTER?
I do sympathise with her a little because she doesn't mean it.  She only gets nasty when she thinks you've got something against her.  If she likes you - you are alright and safe from her temper.

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER?
Definitely not - other than the face we are both black - that is about it!

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I would instantly find her very aggressive and threatening.  I wouldn't want to mess with her but she can be okay at times so I suppose if I got to know her I would discover this!

IF YOU COULD CHANGE A KEY FACT ABOUT THE CHARACTER YOU PLAY WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 
I love playing her just as she is.   She is really different.  The only thing is I might give her a make-over!

IF YOUR CHARACTER COULD ESCAPE LARKHALL DO YOU THINK SHE WOULD BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY ON THE OUTSIDE?  WOULD SHE HAVE LEARNT HER LESSON? 
She will never learn.  She has a very short fuse and I don't think she will ever escape that or learn to control it! It is why she is in there - her temper gets the better of her.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF THE CURRENT PRISON SYSTEM AND HAS HAVING THIS ROLE IN BAD GIRLS CHANGED IT?
To be honest I had never really thought about it.  But now I've seen the inside of a cell - It reinforces the fact I would never want to be locked up.

WHAT'S THE WORST THING YOU'VE EVER BEEN CAUGHT FOR?
Too many to name but nothing serious.

WHAT'S THE WORST THING YOU DID BUT DIDN'T GET CAUGHT FOR?
I used to lock my brother in the boot of the car when he wound me up.  Or once I put him in a suitcase!

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW?
No - well I did have an enormous library fine when I was at university.

DO YOU THINK YOU COULD ONE DAY FIND YOURSELF UNDER ARREST? 
If anything it could be getting caught speeding.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH BAD GIRLS?
I get to work with some really wicked people.  The crew are all fantastic and it's a massive opportunity - it is a dream job.

ARE THERE ANY DIFFICULTIES BEING INVOLVED WITH SUCH A HIGH PROFILE SHOW?
I'm not on screen yet so I don't know.

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW? 
They can't wait to see it.  My mum is a bit bitter that I'm playing a villain as she wants me to become a qualified accountant.  I'm still studying though so hopefully I will be both soon - an accountant off screen and a villain on screen!

HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE?
I had to keep poking Zöe Lucker in the head - and we both had the giggles I couldn't stop laughing.  It took loads of takes as we kept setting each other off.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?  
I am still at Uni in my final year of studying accountancy and finance.   I started this last year the same day as starting my role on Bad Girls.  I'm still juggling my studies with my time on set filming and learning my lines! 

DO YOU ENJOY LUXURY HEALTH AND BEAUTY TREATMENTS? 
I enjoy both but with all my studying I don't get time!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY OF PAMPERING YOURSELF?
Eating Snickers bars, apple pie and cream, all after a KFC mini variety meal. I could sit at home eating this all day and would be very content!

IF YOU WERE BANGED UP AND HAD TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT HOW WOULD YOU TRY AND SPEND YOUR TIME? 
I would read my bible cover to cover.

IF YOU HAD TO SPEND A FEW MONTHS IN PRISON FOR REAL - WHAT APART FROM YOUR GENERAL FREEDOM WOULD YOU MISS THE MOST?
I would miss shopping, chocolate, sweets and of course my friends and family.

HAVE YOU EVER FELT IMPRISONED -EMOTIONALLY OR PHYSICALLY?
Being at university with no money - poor student!

MANY FILMS/BOOKS/DRAMAS HAVE BEEN BASED ON PRISON LIFE.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE?
I love the film Shawshank Redemption.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
I was at the Royal Court Young People's Theatre but this is my first proper TV role.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER JOB?
I am good at doing hair so I used to freelance doing people's hair.  I also had a job at a pound shop earning just 3 pounds per hour.

DO YOU HAVE A GOOD STORY ABOUT A PREVIOUS ROLE/JOB?
I nearly burnt someone's hair when I was braiding it.  The hair was synthetic and it got a bit nasty - but other than that, I promise you I'm a good hairdresser!

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN?  AND DO YOU BELIEVE IN THEM?
I am a Leo.   And no I don't believe in them I think they are ludicrous.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP? 
London.

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