Former EastEnders actor, Jacqueline Jossa, reveals she is looking forward to a phone detox in the Jungle as she predicts her soap friends will be shocked to discover she is a contestant because she ‘doesn’t do creatures’. And the 27-year-old - who allegedly quit in 2018 as Lauren Branning in the BBC One serial drama after eight years - also admits the toughest part of taking part in this year’s I’m a Celebrity is going to be entering as herself rather than as a fictional character.
“It’s going to be so difficult going in as me and that’s definitely going to be the hardest part,” says Jacqueline.
“I have never done a show where I have been myself.”
“And I am also scared of everything - especially spiders! They are the worst, there will be tears!”
“My old colleagues on EastEnders are going to be shocked. I don’t think they can imagine me in there. I don’t like creatures. It is not my thing.”
“I have also never done rock climbing, jumped out of a plane or camped in my life. I am not that kind of girl.”
“But having said all that, I am really excited. This is something completely different and it’s going to be a totally new experience.”
“I am also looking forward to not being on my phone and Instagram all the time. It will be a detox for me.”
The TV actress also hopes to dispel some misconceptions about her.
“I think people think I am a pushover or a doormat,” she explains.
“I also think some people pity me. I want to show I am fine, I am up for a laugh and that I will go for it and try my best.”
A mum to two young children, Jacqueline readily admits, however, she is going to find it very tough being separated from them.
“This is definitely the longest I have ever been away from them and that is going to be really hard,” she says.
“I didn’t know how to face even telling them. In the end, I thought the best idea was to say ‘mummy is going away for work’ and I would see them soon. My family is so close-knit and I will miss them all terribly.”
What does her husband, ex The Only Way Is Essex star Dan Osborne, think about her decision to take part?
“He thinks I am going to be good,” she replies.
“He is excited and he’s coming over to meet me when I come out.”
As for her role in the camp, Jacqueline thinks she will be a shoulder to cry on but the actress warns she doesn’t know how she will cope with little sleep and food. “I can get hangry,” she admits.
“I do love my food but I am going in with an open mind. It’s also going to be
great getting to know everyone and if I lose any weight, I won’t mind. I will put it back on at Christmas anyway!”
Jacqueline was asked how she would feel if she won this year’s I’m a Celebrity and Jacqueline replies:
“Obviously I would love to win but you don’t go into it wanting to. This is one of those shows where you come out feeling proud of what you have done.”
“If doing this programme opens doors for me then that would be so exciting. There are loads of things I would love to do, both acting and presenting.”
Phobias: Insects, creatures, spiders - everything.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think some
people see me as a pushover or doormat - I am not.
Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on.
Miss most: My children, husband, family and social media!
Dream camper: Jamie Oliver would be wicked. He would be able to cook in the camp.
Missing any special occasion: No.
Relationship status: Married.
I'm A Celebrity begins, Sunday 17 November 2019, on ITV/STV/UTV at 21:00.