The first episode of MTV's "Skins" premieres Monday (Jan. 17) and follows the UK version very closely, but there's one glaring omission.
The exuberant and full of life Maxxie Oliver (played infectiously by Mitch Hewer in the original series) is nowhere to be found. In his place stands Sofia Black-D'Elia as Tea, a lesbian to Maxxie's gay and a cheerleader to his dancer.
"She's a very confident, self assured girl," Black-D'Elia tells Zap2it. "She's very assertive and also very funny at times."
You'd think that playing a lesbian character on national television would be a daunting prospect for Black-D'Elia, but she tells us that there were other aspects of Tea that she feared more.
"I wasn't really concerned with the sexuality part," she says. "To me, the more daunting part of her was how confident she is. I'm 18 years old. I'm not that confident yet. So, yeah, I wasn't really uncomfortable with it at all. I was actually more nervous, because she's a cheerleader on the show and being able to pull that off. That was scary."
Black-D'Elia is just one of a cast full of kids with very little or no acting experience - just as co-creator Bryan Elsley did with the original British version. And she was glad to see that fear pass.
"All I was thinking about leading up to the premiere was the acting part of it," she tells us. "I was amazed that by Day 2, a group of complete strangers who were really, really different from each other got along so well. It was such a relief to know that hopefully if we got picked up that we were going to have this incredible experience together."
Watch a preview of Tea below:
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