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L-R: Luke Pasqualino, Kaya Scodelario, Merv Lukeba
L-R: Luke Pasqualino, Kaya Scodelario, Merv Lukeba, Jack O'Connell

Skins Season 3 Cast Revealed

The all new cast for season 3 of Skins was featured in Dazed's January issue and Dazed Digital have extended Q&A's here with Kaya Scodelario, Jack O'COnnell, Luke Pasqualino and Merv Lukeba.

Interviews with the new Skins cast by Kieran Yates (a write from Brixton's Live Magazine, featured in Dazed January Issue)

COOK - Jack O’Connell, 18, Derby
What have you done before?
I was in This is England which was pretty great, working with Shane Meadows, was amazing. I’ve also done The Bill and stuff like that.

What did you think of the first two series?
I was a big fan, because there wasn’t anything like it on TV at the time, and I liked the realism of it, I think it was true to its genre. I could relate because the storylines were realistic and I believed the script, I believed what was being written, and the fact that it was written by younger people helped, definitely.

Do you think it played a part in glamorising things like drug taking?
It exists, doesn’t it? I don’t think its glamorising it, drug taking exists so why not be truthful about that? If you’re going to be truthful to a genre you cant pick and choose the parts you want to be true about.

How did u celebrate when you got the part?
It went on for about a month, I think its still going on now, still letting off steam, you know. I think the whole skins experience has  put my life into a different direction, in to a more progressive direction. I've always been I was bit of a nuisance at school, I don’t think anyone expected me to achieve so much.

What did your parents think of it?
Well, that’s the thing, you’d think it (the show) wouldn’t appeal to people out of its target audience, but my mum loves it, and she’s 47! So it appeals to different age groups.

EFFY - Kaya Scoldelario, 16, North London
Do you see the guys from the earlier series?
Every now and gain, they came down to Bristol a few weeks ago and I give them a call every now and again, we’re all great friends..

How do you think you’ve developed from the last series?
I'm more confident, I’ve had time to work my way up, in the first series I didn’t speak at all, and in the 2nd so its nice, I’ve worked up gradually.

Is your style like Effy’s?
Well, sort of, but she’s a bit more Goth than me. She wears a lot of black , but she does have a big pair of Dr Martins I like!
How did you deal with the level of the cult following it had?
It was pretty intense, it was, I was 14 when the first series came out, and it was a shock, I really didn’t expect it to be as big as it was, I wasn’t involves in all of it, so I got to watch it, which was good as I got to see it from an outside perspective, so I feel a lot more prepared this time round.

THOMAS - Merveille Lukeba, 18, South London
What attracted you to the project?
Well, to be honest, I didn’t really watch it, so when I did get the part it really hit me how big it was, when I told my friends and that, they were like, ‘what, you’re on Skins?!’, so that was exciting..
What do your parents think of it?
They were really supportive, my Mum doesn’t watch that much TV, and she doesn’t really know about the show, so I don’t know how I’m gonna explain it to her when she sees it! Its gonna be crazy, I have to make sure I’m not in the room when she’s watching it!

What do you think makes it popular with young people?
They show it how it is, they don’t beat about the bush, in terms of how they approach things like relationships, drugs, and just generally being exposed to things too early. I don’t take drugs, but I do know people who can relate to that, and I can relate to people who can relate to that.
Tell me a bit about your character:
He’s very different to me, he’s extremely polite, not that I’m not polite! But he’s extremely polite. Like, there’s this scene where he’s just walked in to a room where this couple were having sex, and he feels he has to introduce himself, if that was me, I wouldn’t know what to do. Probably not that!

FREDDIE MC LAIR - Luke Pasqualino, 18, Peterborough
What do you like about the first series?
I was a huge fan of the first series; I thought it really reflected a lot of the youth culture, and that’s really why I wanted to be a part of it this time around.

What do you think of how it portrays teen life in Britain?
Some aspects are very true, very relatable, smoking weed, doing the odd line of cocaine, you know, some teenagers do that all the time, some aspects happen, but just not as often…relationships, teachers sleeping with students, it doesn’t happen that often, but it does happen.

Tell me about your character:
I think you have a real place in your heart for him, you know, I definitely do. I love Freddie. He’s so relatable, you know, people have the same problems with school, and home, and friends, and that’s brilliant.

How did you approach such a cult following?
We were aware that there were big shoes to fill. People fell in love with the last cast, you know, I hear people say things like, ‘I loved Chris’ or whatever, they really got attached, and we’ve got a task in that. This time next year, I hope that they can relate to us in the same way.

(Photography: Mel Bles, Styling: John Colver, Hair: Hiorki Yoshimori, Make-Up: Anita Keeling at Caren)