Saturday, January 29, 2011
Jessica Sula, 16, from Gorseinon, Swansea, beat 8,000 applicants to land the role of gentle and dreamy Grace Violet in the new series of Skins which started on E4 this week. She told BBC Wales she felt "privileged" to have been selected.
Jessica is currently studying for her A-levels in Spanish, French and drama at Gorseinon College and says juggling her work with filming was quite a challenge.
She said she never expected to land a part on the show when she travelled to Bristol to audition after stumbling across an advert online.
"The queue was so long, I queued for about five-and-a-half hours. Then we had to do improvisation in small groups in a big room and the executives went round and looked at all the groups and we were given a scenario. But when the time came for our group to do our improv everybody just talked over me and I only said one word so I wasn't expecting to get anything. Then at the end they called out my number and we went back. I was so surprised."
Seven more rounds of gruelling auditions followed until Jessica received the call she had been waiting for.
She loves acting, despite having worked only in youth theatre and school plays before, and has a soft spot for her character.
"Grace is very sweet, naughty and sensible to a certain extent. She's kind but she also has a wild streak and is quite naive, in her own little bubble.
She is trying to hold her group of friends together but nobody's really holding her together.
Skins is fantastic for introducing fresh, new talent and I feel privileged to have been chosen."