CB: It must be helpful to have the support of the family, but at the same time is it also scary?
IP: It’s daunting because a) you don’t want to let them down and b) you don’t want in any sense to construct a false idol. You want to do something real and pay homage to the actual person. I think it was odd for Fawn when she saw Steve as Paul Raymond, and Chris Addison, who plays Tony Power, in their make-up. I know myself that if I saw an actor dressed as somebody from my past, or somebody who’s passed away, just standing right there, it would be such a mind f***!
CB: Could you tell me a bit about the scene between Debbie and Tony Power you were doing today?
IP: Tony Power, who was editor of Men Only, worked in the business side of Paul’s empire and knew Debbie very well. I always like to think of him almost as a combination of like a big brother, but also the guy you’ve always kind of always fancied since you were a kid, and now you’re 20. It’s a moment where he’s trying to give her a bit of an upper really - she’s just seen Fiona Richmond [Tamsin Egerton] in a show, and Fiona’s been showered with praise, she’s been a real success and Debbie’s in the dumps because her own show, that her father put her in, hasn’t been a success. So Chris [Addison], who plays Tony, says ‘do you want to come to the loo and do a line?’ and she’s like ‘yeah, sure’, putting on this pretence that she’s done this before. And that is really the start of her demise, her introduction to cocaine. I think that must be a very difficult position to be in, because it’s not just anyone giving her the cocaine, it’s someone she’s known her whole life, and she’s still young enough to respond ‘oh yeah, of course’.
CB: And then later you have the scene where your dad discovers you taking cocaine in the loo with Tony?
IP: Yeah, it’s funny; I love the way she says ‘we just had a snog!’ as if that’s going to be any better for him. That’s a pure example of this innate naiveté she has. She’s not quite savvy enough to carry off the ‘I’m a rebel!’ thing. And then her dad doesn’t lose it with her, he’s not cross. It’s about differentiating between the parent who’s your best friend and the parent who’s your parent. It’s about hitting that age, which I don’t think Debbie’s quite come to at that point in the story, where you realise that your parents are just people, and your parents become your friends.