EastEnders: Jacqueline Jossa says young binge drinkers need “someone to talk to”
And of course, Lauren’s childhood was an unsettled one, what with her mum and dad Max (Jake Wood) separating after his affair with Stacey Slater. Then, Tanya remarried, but when she embarked on an affair with Max, her husband Greg (Stefan Booth) left her.
However, of Lauren’s battle with the booze, Jacqueline – who’s been nominated for an award in the category of Best Newcomer at the forthcoming NTAs – said, “At first to Lauren drinking was a laugh…
“Then it became a way of forgetting — she has carried the burden of keeping her mum’s illness secret.
“It’s good EastEnders have done the storyline. It highlights that teenagers who people label irresponsible could be doing it to deal with worries they are keeping to themselves.
“What they actually need is help or someone to talk to.”
She said, “I am like a sponge when I am with Jo and Jake. I work best with them because I have to work up to their level.”
Here’s a clip of Jacqueline on the set of the show…