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EastEnders star Louisa Lytton hopes her rape storyline ‘will help young people talk about consent’ as she opens up about her surprise return to Albert Square

EastEnders star Louisa Lytton hopes her rape storyline ‘will help young people talk about consent’ as she opens up about her surprise return to Albert Square

REJOINING the forged of EastEnders after a 12-year absence meant Louisa Lytton had some critical catching up to do.

As a result of after leaving the present she beloved and that offered her huge break as an adolescent, she give up watching it.

 EastEnders star Louisa Lytton, 29, opens up about her explosive return to Albert Square as she strikes a pose for our Style Issue

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EastEnders star Louisa Lytton, 29, opens up about her explosive return to Albert Square as she strikes a pose for our Fashion Difficulty

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“I stopped because it just felt weird,” she explains. “A bit like breaking up with a boyfriend and having to see their footage on a regular basis, have you learnt what I imply? Like a bizarre feeling of the previous.

“I had to start watching again recently so I could find out what’s going on and who’s who! It wasn’t really until I got my first script that I saw who was still in it.”

Now 29, Louisa makes her return as gangster’s daughter Ruby Allen this week and says she’s settled proper again into life in Walford.

“It’s been loopy. In a method it looks like I by no means left – there are such a lot of of the identical faces, from the lady on reception to the blokes on the gates at safety. However however, it’s a brand new chapter as a result of I’ve been off and achieved a lot since that it looks like a brand new job.

 Louisa Lytton, who wows in heels and a statement coat, is set to return to our screens as Ruby Allen on EastEnders

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Louisa Lytton, who wows in heels and a press release coat, is about to return to our screens as Ruby Allen on EastEnders

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“A lot time handed that I didn’t ever actually assume about what it might be like to return.

“However I beloved it the primary time and I all the time knew I’d adore it once more, and to return on such an enormous storyline, it simply made sense.”

 EastEnders star Louisa Lytton is making an explosive return in a storyline about rape that will get the whole nation talking

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EastEnders star Louisa Lytton is making an explosive return in a storyline about rape that may get the entire nation speaking

 Louisa Lytton explains to Beth Neil how she hopes her EastEnders storyline will get people to talk about the 'taboo subject' of consent

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Louisa Lytton explains to Beth Neil how she hopes her EastEnders storyline will get people to talk about the ‘taboo topic’ of consent

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The plot she’s referring to is Ruby’s rape and focuses on the burning problem of consent. It comes on the again of high-profile instances such as the trial in Northern Eire that noticed 4 males, together with two Eire and Ulster rugby gamers, discovered not responsible of the rape of a 19-year-old lady at a home celebration. There was outrage on the trial and the cross-examination of the lady concerned and rallies have been held in solidarity with her.

“I think that cases like that show how relevant this storyline is, and that’s what EastEnders does well,” says Louisa. “It’s a present the place people purchase into and love the characters and care about what occurs to them.

“As a lady, I feel it’s necessary to inform these tales and get the messages throughout, particularly to young people. It’s about figuring out when to cease, and recognising when a sexual act has not been consented to. And I feel women and men will watch and perhaps query their very own experiences. Perhaps they’ll see that they have been in an identical state of affairs however didn’t realise it was rape. Or perhaps they’ll realise they need to have stopped.

“I was speaking to a friend about it and she pointed out that consent has to go from beginning to end of that sexual act. Even halfway through you can say: ‘Actually, I wanna stop now.’ If they don’t, that’s rape.”

 Louisa Lytton, who wows in a matching pink coat and bow, tells us about the shocking storyline

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Louisa Lytton, who wows in an identical pink coat and bow, tells us about the surprising storyline

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She hopes it can lead to conversations about what constitutes consent, which she says is “still a taboo subject”, and the way we will set up, perceive and practise it higher. Louisa and the EastEnders producers have labored intently with Rape Disaster to make certain the present will get the tone proper.

“People query: ‘Why didn’t you say no? Why didn’t you push him off?’ However typically, regardless of how a lot you’re telling your self: ‘I don’t like this, I’m not having fun with this,’ your physique does one thing totally different.

“One of the women at Rape Crisis told me that people have often heard about the body going into fight or flight mode, but actually then there are two other responses – freeze or flop. Sometimes if your body goes into shock, it freezes. Or it flops [when the body goes on to autopilot]. I guess [men] just have to read every situation from start to finish.”

 Louisa Lytton stars as Ruby Allen on EastEnders and is set to revive her famous character this month

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Louisa Lytton stars as Ruby Allen on EastEnders and is about to revive her well-known character this month

 Louisa Lytton as a young Ruby Allen in throwback snap from EastEnders

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Louisa Lytton as a young Ruby Allen in throwback snap from EastEnders

 Louisa Lytton with her gangster father in scenes from 2005

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Louisa Lytton with her gangster father in scenes from 2005

 Louisa Lytton, as Ruby Allen, in the Square in her nightie as a drunk Jake Moon tries to help her home

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Louisa Lytton, as Ruby Allen, within the Square in her nightie as a drunk Jake Moon tries to help her residence

EastEnders star Ruby Allen performed by Louisa Lytton quits Walford

After leaving the cleaning soap in 2006, Louisa went on to star in Strictly Come Dancing and The Invoice, as properly as turning her hand to comedy, a interval drama, movie, plus stints within the theatre – together with touring productions of Boogie Nights and Grease.

However there have been spells the place the work has been extra sparse and she’s refreshingly trustworthy about the realities of life as a jobbing actress, regardless of having starred in a number of the largest exhibits on TV.

“I won’t lie – it is really tough and I’ve looked into other avenues and had part-time jobs. I’ve been there and done it all over the last 10 years – I worked in a yoga studio on reception, I’ve done childminding. People on the outside don’t realise, but you’ve got bills to pay and you’ve got to tick by some way.”

 Louisa Lytton prepares to make her comeback on EastEnders with gritty storyline about sexual consent

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Louisa Lytton prepares to make her comeback on EastEnders with gritty storyline about sexual consent

 'It’s a new chapter because I’ve been off and done so much since that it feels like a new job', says Louisa Lytton

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‘It’s a brand new chapter as a result of I’ve been off and completed a lot since that it looks like a brand new job’, says Louisa Lytton

 Young Louisa Lytton with Stacey and the Slaters in tense EastEnders scene

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Young Louisa Lytton with Stacey and the Slaters in tense EastEnders scene

 Phil Mitchell and Stacey Slater rush Ruby Allen to hospital on EastEnders in 2006

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Phil Mitchell and Stacey Slater rush Ruby Allen to hospital on EastEnders in 2006

Former EastEnders star Louisa Lytton hints she might make a comeback

So, does she want the freelance life or having a gentle job like EastEnders?

“Like anybody who’s self-employed, it’s actually troublesome to not know the place your subsequent paycheck is coming from, questioning the way you’re going to pay your mortgage and all the remainder of it.

“I’ve all the time been fairly completely satisfied to plod alongside and see what occurs, and I’ve had some superb experiences, however there are outdoors pressures. It’s the people wanting in at you who don’t know what you’re going to do subsequent which makes it… nicely, yeah.

“There have clearly been occasions when it’s been actually onerous. I feel I’ve [experienced] all of it, although, the highs and the lows and the occasions of labor and never working. I’ve been actually fortunate to proceed and stick at it. Some people can’t.

“So when a job opportunity like this comes back up, it just makes you appreciate it so much more.”

 Louisa Lytton danced with professional Vincent Simone, who she remains good friends with today, and reached the quarter-finals of Strictly Come Dancing

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Louisa Lytton danced with skilled Vincent Simone, who she stays good buddies with at this time, and reached the quarter-finals of Strictly Come Dancing

 Vincent Simone and Louisa Lytton perform romantic dance on Strictly

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Vincent Simone and Louisa Lytton carry out romantic dance on Strictly

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She brazenly admits that leaving EastEnders the primary time after lower than two years wasn’t her determination, however she was young and “lucky” and Strictly got here calling inside every week. Partnering with skilled Vincent Simone, who she stays good buddies with right now, noticed her attain the quarter-finals.

“That’s the life of an actress. One minute you have a job, the next minute you don’t. One minute you’re in a show, the next minute you’re written out. It’s just the way it goes. So I don’t really remember it being anything other than a shame that it was over so soon, I guess. But, look, it led on to amazing things. It gave me life experience.”

Louisa has been with firm boss boyfriend Benny, 27, for a yr they usually stay collectively in north London. Her Instagram account is awash with footage of them on numerous unique holidays wanting utterly beautiful, sun-kissed and head over heels in love. There’s one current submit that includes Benny wanting notably scorching and easily captioned: “Ugly, ain’t he?”

Louisa laughs. “All my friends are like: ‘He’s so handsome!’ and I’m like: ‘Yeah, he is, isn’t he?’ You know when you’ve been with someone for a while, you sometimes forget. I was literally looking through pictures of our holiday and just thought: ‘He’s so beautiful’. So, yeah, we’re really happy.”

 Louisa shares loved-up holiday snap with her company boss boyfriend Benny, 27, who she lives with in north London

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Louisa shares loved-up vacation snap with her firm boss boyfriend Benny, 27, who she lives with in north London

 Louisa Lytton, who strikes a pose on the red carpet, reckons the rise of social media and reality TV in the 12 years she’s been away from Walford will actually remove some of the pressures of fame

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Louisa Lytton, who strikes a pose on the purple carpet, reckons the rise of social media and actuality TV within the 12 years she’s been away from Walford will truly take away a few of the pressures of fame

 Louisa Lytton was introduced to her boyfriend by a mutual friend and says it was love at first sight

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Louisa Lytton was launched to her boyfriend by a mutual good friend and says it was love at first sight

 Fashion-crazy Louisa Lytton stuns fans in a figure-hugging black dress with saucy thigh split

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Trend-crazy Louisa Lytton stuns followers in a figure-hugging black gown with saucy thigh cut up

They have been launched by a mutual pal who knew they’d hit it off. Louisa says it was prompt. “My good friend texted me saying: ‘You’ve received to meet this man, you’d get on rather well’, however I used to be on tour on the time with Grease and adamant that I didn’t need to meet anybody. Truthfully, I used to be comfortable alone for the primary time in all probability ever, so it was all the time going to take somebody actually particular to blow me away and to make me change my opinion on that. However we met and that was it. I actually texted my mum that day like: ‘Mum, I’ve met somebody.’

“We just clicked. It’s just the easiest thing I have ever known. We laugh every day. It’s so easy and nice.”

Is he The One? “Yeah. I think so. I hope so. I never believed in all that love at first sight rubbish. And then I met him.”

That is the lifetime of an actress. One minute you’ve gotten a job, the subsequent you do not

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He’ll have to get used to Louisa’s profile capturing by means of the roof, which she says might come as a surprise, however Benny’s the kind of one that will take it in his stride.

“He’s not skilled me getting adopted down the road and papped. So if that’s going to come again then I feel he’ll go: ‘Ohh, right…’ That have to be bizarre.

“He was the only person who knew about it for a good few weeks and he was just like: ‘That’s cool, babe.’ So he’s not fazed by it at all. As long as I’m happy and I’m at work, he’s fine, he’s just happy that I’ve got a job to go to more than anything else!”

 Louisa Lytton is crazy about fashion and loves chatting clothes for our Style Issue

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Louisa Lytton is loopy about style and loves chatting garments for our Type Situation

 Louisa Lytton turns side on for a sexy shot in a black dress as she embraces her soap and reality TV fame

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Louisa Lytton turns aspect on for a horny shot in a black gown as she embraces her cleaning soap and actuality TV fame

Apparently, Louisa reckons the rise of social media and actuality TV within the 12 years she’s been away from Walford will truly take away a number of the pressures of fame this time.

“We stay in a unique world now. First time round it was full on right away – I used to be in my first scenes on the Friday night time and by the Saturday morning I couldn’t stroll down the road [without getting recognised].

“We have been the truth TV stars of the day. People felt they knew us whereas now [viewers] truly do know people as a result of they go on TV exhibits as themselves.

“I also think it’s what you make of it. You can be as private or out there as you want to be. If I didn’t want to speak about my boyfriend, I wouldn’t put pictures of him on social media. You know what you’re doing and you can control your own exposure to an extent.”

Ardour for Trend

Favorite excessive road shops?

Zara. And I additionally love Warehouse in the meanwhile.

And designer?

I wore a champagne-coloured Joseph gown the opposite week, which I beloved.

How would you describe your type?

Fairly sensible and clean-cut. I put on a whole lot of black, white and gray, however I like daring color as properly.

Footwear or luggage?

Footwear over a bag any day. I’ve acquired a Balenciaga bag, however I’m extra doubtless to use my £15 rucksack!

Greatest for fundamentals?

Uniqlo for T-shirts and jumpers. And Zara, too.

Do you store on-line or in retailer?

On-line, as I’m so busy with work. I’m always within the submit workplace sending stuff again.

Do you’ve got a restrict on what you spend?

I solely store if I want one thing. I don’t want a brand new winter wardrobe each winter!

Fashion icon?

Victoria Beckham. She’s superb. I’ve additionally received a good friend who’s a stylist in order that’s the place I get plenty of concepts from.

Are you huge on equipment?

Not likely. I’ve obtained some dainty silver earrings which I put on with every thing. I’ve received assertion items and tonnes of jewelry at house however I by no means actually use it. I like the whole lot to be fairly easy.

She’s all the time stored in contact with Natalie Cassidy, who performs Sonia Fowler, and nonetheless sees Kara Tointon and Matt Di Angelo, who performed Daybreak Swann and Dean Wicks.

“Once I came upon I used to be going again, I went for lunch with Kara and I informed her and she was like: ‘Oh. My. God.’ I feel people [outside the industry] presume you simply decide up the telephone and say: ‘Hi, I wanna come back!’ Those that have been in it with you understand being requested again is large.

“I’ve changed a lot. I know what I want now and all of that is important when you’re in a world like this.”

She hasn’t modified utterly, thoughts. Though Louisa turns 30 in February, she doesn’t look a lot totally different from the fresh-faced and super-cute 16 yr previous who first began on the cleaning soap. “I walked into work and everybody was like: ‘You look younger, how does that work?!’ Ha ha!

“But I am older now. When I was younger it was all so daunting. I know who I am, the people I want around me and the things I want to do. I’m my own person.”

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