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4 Ways Michaela Coel's Interview with The London Times Has Gems For Days

The BAFTA Award-winning actor also gives an update on the return of Chewing Gum.

If you haven't caught on by now, we're obsessed with Ghanaian-British actor and showrunner extraordinaire, Michaela Coel.

In a recent interview with The London Times, Coel speaks candidly about life as a female comic, gives more tea on season three of Chewing GumChewing Gum, as well as her role in the newest season of Black Mirror.

Take a look at four of our favorite takeaways below, and have a full read of the interview here.


On doing the big chop:

"I wanted to be strong as well as vulnerable, I wanted to go against the grain, provide something different for young people to aspire to be."

On why she plans to have a writers room for Chewing Gum's third season:

"Because I don't want to die. My sets are not peaceful. It's a beautiful catastrophe. I am running around like a headless chicken. I don't sleep because I am writing. It's manic. I love it—I don't know if I would want it any other way, but I've learnt from working with proper people like Charlie; they really prepare in advance."

On the pact she made with a group of friends to not be about that 'happily ever after' life:

"We have all made a pact that we will just live in a big house and have girlie nights all the time, and work, and we will invite a man, and we will sample him, and we will bond with him, all of that, but we don't want to do the whole marriage thing. But I do need sex. We do need sex, so we need to find a way to have the sex."

On how her success since Chewing Gum still feels too good to be true:

"I mean, I am grateful. I have 'Whoa!' gratitude. I put my life and soul into writing this story and actually people heard it. People write scripts and nobody ever sees or hears them. And I have never written a script that people haven't seen. I try to give advice to others too, even though I'm still in a sense thinking, 'What's going on?' I think I am quite alienated by the idea of what is going on in my life right now. It's all quite strange, quite surreal."

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