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She is most known for starring on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks as Hannah Ashworth.
But while Emma Rigby insists she still loves acting, she isn’t fazed by the glamorous lifestyle that often comes with it.
The actress, 27, admits that she had no desire to be ‘famous’ or a ‘celebrity’ and instead wants to use her voice to help those who are far more in need. Turning her back on Hollywood, where she had been living before recently moving back to London, Emma has jetted into Northern Kenya to assist CAFOD – an aid agency that is a member of the Disaster Emergency Committee. She met with communities that are currently living in desperate conditions and are forced to live on aid, as they have been left with nothing due to their tumultuous living environment and lack of access to resources.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline about the trip, Emma – who is an ambassador for CAFOD after reaffirming her Catholic faith earlier this year – admitted it had been ‘overwhelming’. She described her experience of meeting with the different communities and witnessing the conditions they live in as ‘heartbreaking and devastating to see’.
‘It’s really making me realise how things need to change,’ Emma said. ‘How we live our lives and the things that we think are significant… it’s almost like being on another planet. ‘The communities we are going to, they are sort of the forgotten communities because they are very hard to reach due to poor infrastructure, there’s not even roads to access the community.
‘People have to move because they have nothing, it’s been incredibly emotional.’
The acting talent admitted that she purposely doesn’t have any social media accounts, as she has made a conscious decision not to dabble in the online trend that has swept across the globe.
She claimed that it puts unnecessary pressure on young people to look a certain way and behave a certain way.
Emma continued: ‘Social media has created this sense of reality that is not reality… it’s insignificant. Being here in Kenya, this is our reality. This is where our focus should be. ‘There is so much pressure and focus on young people to conform and behave a certain way.
‘I don’t have any social media, it doesn’t interest me whatsoever,’ she insisted. ‘It doesn’t matter what you look like, it’s who you are that should be celebrated.
‘For me, I’m a very private person. It’s not something I have an interest in. I’m an actress – I don’t necessarily want to be famous and a celebrity, it’s about the acting.
‘The people that I respect – Judie Dench, Julie Walters – I just can’t imagine them being on social media. It’s a personal choice, but I’m quite shy as an individual.’
Emma’s trip to Kenya has given her a new outlook on life and she insists that going forward, she wants to be able to engage others about the problems other communities are facing across the globe.
For the blonde beauty, the chance to pursue acting projects with a ‘moral message’ is something she would relish, having been inspired by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie. ‘I was really inspired by Angelina Jolie’s work with the UN because she was doing something really important,’ Emma said.
Referencing BBC drama Three Girls – that recalled the stories of the victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale – Emma added: ‘I would like to tell stories that really make a difference. They are the sort of projects I would like to do now.’
While Emma did have experience of raising awareness through her work, thanks to her gruelling anorexia storyline on Hollyoaks, she isn’t keen to make a soap return.
Emma revealed: ‘Even people today say [Hannah’s story] really touched them.
‘It’s really rewarding and I love acting so much, so I feel very fortunate to have been able to do that.
‘It was the greatest opportunity to be on Hollyoaks, it was a real education, but no, I think everything has a time and I’m keen to move forward.’
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As the race to track down the Snow Queen intensifies, new developments from Emma’s past have surfaced on Once Upon a Time—namely that the big bad was actually her foster mom at one point. But that’s far from the only mystery surrounding this season, which is why EW put executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis in The Hot Seat, where they have the option of answering your questions from Twitter with “Yes,” “No” or “Can’t say.” Get the scoop below.
A fan asked the executive producers about Emma and this is what they had to say:
Does Once’s current timeline take place after the events of Wonderland?
Will we see the Red Queen (Emma Rigby) this season?
Kitsis: We’re going to try.
Everyone here who support Emma would like to wish her a great birthday. I’m sure if she’s in London that most likely her birthday is almost over. But in the states it’s only 1 pm so I’m wishing her a happy birthday now. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us. Here’s hoping that she makes a cameo or something on this season of Once Upon A Time. But I must admit that its awkward that Once Upon A Time: In Wonderland? Cause it is for me!
At first glance I didn’t know much about Emma’s movie The Physician because it hasn’t hit the states yet. But after watching the trailer to the movie (which is below). I can tell that this movie is going to be good. Not to mention, this is why Emma deserves to be a breakout star. She might just make herself a big name girl if this goes big.
I will be downloading the movie and will try and screencapture the movie within the next couple of days to a few weeks depending on when I have some free time. I’m so excited to watch this movie now!
It was a huge night for Emma, who plays Frankie in the film, and she explained to EntertainmentWise how she has always aspired to venture into films.
“I’ve always wanted to be in films and I’m so grateful for my opportunity that I had with Hollyoaks to be able to learn my craft from the age of 14 to be there for five years to work everyday,” Emma told us.
“And now I’m fulfilling my passion through this film and now I’m learning as much as possible with different people with comedy, drama and eventually I’d love to do some theatre.”
Emma confused onlookers though, with the actress pulling a series of strange poses looking startled and wooden at times.
Joining Emma on the red carpet were her co-stars, We’re The Millers actor Will Poulter, Sebastian De Souza and Ed Speleers.