Right now I am in the middle of shooting a feature film, the brand new dark British comedy – Whoops! The idea for the film is the brainchild of Sam Robinson, a landlord/restaurateur from York, whose story – very loosely based on truth – is now a witty, gory, ghoulish screenplay by Tony Hipwell and Miles Watts of MilesTone Films. I play the leading role in the movie, Rose Clements – wife, mother of two and erm…accidental serial killer. The script is fantastic and I knew wanted to be a part of this after the first reading before my audition. I am very fortunate to be working along side a stellar cast and fantastic crew who are making this one of the most exciting projects I have worked on to date. I can’t tell you too much as to what goes on in the plot, but it is safe to say that when it comes to the film, accidents will definitely happen – and that means on and off the screen as well…
A week before I started filming, I was out on an early morning run along Brighton beach. One minute I was happily jogging, music pumping, free as the wind, and next thing you know my face, shoulder and right knee were scraping along the beach side path floor; in other words, I fell over. As I hobbled back home (which incidentally was a 40 minute walk, not great when you’re covered in sand, grit and blood), all I could think was ‘I fell on my face and I’m filming next week, I fell on my face and I’m film next week..DAMN YOU HIGH DEFINITION!!!”. When I got home, I braced myself and took a look in the mirror. Yikes. I knew I should have got in touch with the producers straight away, but I think I was in denial and was kidding myself my war wounds may miraculously disappear by the next day. So when the next day did eventually arrive, you won’t be surprised to discover that my face still looked like, well, like I’d scraped it along the path floor. I bit the bullet (not literally, although I wouldn’t put it past me at the moment) and sent the director this photo, who in turn sent it to the make up girl, Chloe, who apparently after receiving it went “S**T”.
The first few two day’s in makeup were pretty difficult as my face was starting to peel off where it was healing, and became almost impossible to cover. But Chloe, my very glamorous and highly talented makeup artist did a fabulous job and I have to say unless you look very close you could hardly tell it was there at all!
When I first fell over and hit my face, I did have one of those over the top and unnecessary “Why God, Whyyyy?” feelings, but now I am actually really grateful I had this accident. What was wonderful about it all was the watching the speed in which my skin healed itself. In only five days, my skin went from looking like this:
to this! (excuse the stubborn orangey fake blood stains…)
It was still a little pink I admit, but the new skin underneath was very soft and needless to say Chloe in makeup was over the moon. I put this quick recovery time down to my high raw diet and my daily consumption of almond milk and coconut butter. Coconut butter/oil contains healing medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), this is a saturated fat and is an important building block of every cell in the human body. Both coconut butter and almonds contain high levels of vitamin E – essential for a healthy skin growth and repair of wear and tear in the skin. So along with these two rejuvenating ingredients and a tonne of fruit and vegetable as well, you’ve definitely got yourself one hell of a skin-saving-fighting machine! Which is a good job, because I had another little accident yesterday when I got home from set…this time involving my finger…and a kitchen knife…Whoops!