Nov 21 2010 by Roz Laws, Sunday Mercury
LAUREN Socha is the first to admit that her Midlands accent is ‘common’.
She wasn’t even put out when Jonathan Ross expressed his surprise that the Misfits actress really spoke like that.
When she went on his chat show with her castmates, he told her he assumed she put on the ‘chav’ accent for the role of Kelly.
But, although she doesn’t want to forget her roots, she admits she is now taking lessons in a bid to broaden her range.
“No-one understands my accent,” says Lauren, who still lives with her mum Kath in Derby.
“I’m constantly going to auditions and being told they don’t like how I talk.
“You have to live with criticism and I don’t take it personally. But I’m going to a voice coach now to learn how to speak proper!
“I want to be a bit more versatile. I’d love to be in a period drama, though my dream role is to be in a film with Ray Winstone and Tom Hardy.
“I don’t think I’ll ever lose my accent though.”
It features a group of teenagers doing community service (in fetching orange jumpsuits) who discover they have super powers after being struck by lightning.
While her friends can turn invisible, turn back time or never die, Kelly can hear what people are thinking.
“I can certainly relate to her, and I know how to be a chav,” says Lauren.
“I don’t shop at Primark, but I do wear big hoop earrings, and I have piercings and three tattoos.
“I have three stars on my neck, a bow on my back and my initials with a star on my wrist.
“I got the first, on my neck, when I was 16. I went behind my mum’s back and hid it for ages. Then she saw it and said ‘What’s that on your neck?’. She wasn’t happy!”
Lauren was inspired to go into acting by her brother Michael, who’s two years older and recently appeared in This Is England ‘86.
“I looked at him and thought I’d have a go too.
“At first I just thought of it as a hobby. But then I got a part in an Arctic Monkeys video when I was 15.
“That was amazing. I got out of school for a week and was paid £300, a huge amount to me. I went ice-skating with my mates and said ‘I’ll pay for everyone’.”
Lauren went on to work with Samantha Morton in her semi-autobiographical directorial debut The Unloved, about growing up in a Nottingham care home.
Lauren played an abused older girl who introduces the young heroine to shoplifting.
This year she dipped her toe in the world of reality TV by taking part, along with Gavin Henson and Shane Richie, in the Arctic-based series 71 Degrees North. She was the first to leave but was glad to go.
“The food was minging, you had to sleep in a tent, it was so cold. We had to swim in a frozen lake and I had hypothermia. I literally could not breathe.
“I don’t think I’ll be doing any more reality shows. I’ve learned my lesson there. I’ll stick to acting.
“I couldn’t hope to be in anything better than Misfits. The reaction from fans has been mental. The weirdest thing is when people tell me I’m their inspiration.
“I can’t believe I get fan mail, and loads of free clothes. Adidas sent me lots of stuff, it’s wicked!”
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