Ex-Hollyoaks star Loui Batley’s life has changed lots since she left the soap, left Liverpool and moved to London.
The 23-year-old actress has bought a pub near Earl’s Court with her boyfriend Simon Lawson.
In Hollyoaks, her character was a model and had a wardrobe full of sexy dresses and heels but Loui’s own style of dressing is more practical.
Given that the only entrance and exit to her flat above The Princess Victoria involves walking through the bar, her clothes need to be able to take a bit of wear and tear.
Especially because she recently went to the opening of the ice rink at the Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park, where we caught up with her for an exclusive chat about fashion.
QS: Do you miss the wardrobe department and the hair and make up on Hollyoaks?
LOUI: “I was glad to leave the make-up department behind as it used to take so long. And I prefer making my own outfit choices.”
QS: What trends are you liking at the moment?
QS: Who is the best dressed person in Hollyoaks?
LOUI: “I think Zoe Lister always looks amazing. I wish I was as effortlessly stylish.”
QS: Do you have any style icons?
LOUI: “I am quite traditional. I like old school Hollywood glamour like Joan Collins or Audrey Hepburn – sexy but classy and I like big sunglasses to hide behind.”
QS: Are you at the ice rink opening to practise skating for an appearance on Dancing On Ice, maybe?
LOUI: “No way! I don’t want to be judged for anything other than acting. I prefer to go unnoticed and carry on acting. That way I don’t have to dress up in sequins or get my legs out in shorts in I’m A Celebrity. With acting, you dress up to be someone else – it’s more my style.”
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