Over the past few years, Leona Vaughan has been seen on screens as main character, Jana in hit CBBC show, Wolfblood. Her fanbase has grown throughout the years and has led her on to many other projects. We talk to Leona about what it’s like on the set of Wolfblood, who’s the funniest on set and what Hacker is really like.
What’s it like on the set of Wolfblood?
Being on the set of Wolfblood is the best feeling ever! It’s where my career started and everything that I’ve learned about the craft and the industry has come from Wolfblood. For that, I’m eternally grateful!
Did any of the actors on the show like to play practical jokes?
Yes! Haha! The worst person is Louis (Payne) who plays TJ! He’s always getting into mischief!
Do you still talk to the old cast members?
I do yes, although not very often as they’re all super busy with their own projects!
What were the new cast like to work with?
The new cast are fab! We all gelled really quickly and got along great! They’re all so talented!
How was it filming Casualty, was it a totally different experience to filming Wolfblood?
Completely! Although I’d worked with a few of the crew members before on other projects! Casualty is a BBC1 drama so it was super exciting to be part of the experience! It’s made me more determined to do more dramas! Also, it’s interesting as there is a different audience you’re playing to too!
Did you enjoy filming Top Class?
I did indeed! I’d never done a game show before and had loads of fun! Sue was amazing! And filming in Glasgow was special too!
You’ve appeared in pantomimes before, would you like to do any more, or any stage shows in the West End?
Yes of course! Although I love singing and acting, I prefer doing them separately. I prefer singing at concerts as myself instead of a character, and I prefer filming and being on set to stage! But yes if I had the opportunity to perform on the West End then, of course, I would go for it!
What was it like performing live to an audience each night instead of being able to retake scenes if you make a mistake?
Very nerve-racking! It totally forces you to feel all the adrenaline and makes you focus. It was so much fun! And I got to sing a rendition of a Beyoncé song which was great!
You attended Mark Jermin stage school, was that once you finished mainstream school or instead of?
No, the Mark Jermin stage school was part of a Friday night class I did after school in Penarth. I’d won a scholarship there when I was 14, and I performed there until I was 17/18.
Did you perform in any school plays?
I did indeed! My favourite roles were ‘Cinderella’ in Cinderella when I was in Year 6, and when I played ‘Oliver Twist’ in Oliver!, when I was 15! That was probably one of the best experiences of my life! It was definitely a turning point and when I actually thought I could do this one day as a job.
You were nominated for a children’s BAFTA award, how did that feel?
I remember I was on set filming WOLFBLOOD and one of the cast members shouted it out! Everyone was so happy for me! I phoned my mum in work and cried! I just think to have that nomination was amazing! I feel very proud still and it definitely gave me a confidence boost! Hopefully one day I’ll win the award!
Bobby Lockwood from Wolfblood has gone into film, is this something you would like to do at some point in your career?
Most definitely! Film is what inspired me from a very young age! I always loved watching stories on screen, anything from Disney to Titanic! I fell in love with characters and their stories and that has stayed with me all my life. I think it’s important to educate people through storytelling.
Would you consider doing presenting?
Maybe one day! I’ve done a little bit of it already! And it’s very different to acting! It puts you on the spot which can be nerve-racking but exciting too!
What was it like talking to Hacker on Hacker Time?
Absolutely hilarious! It’s probably my favourite guest role that I’ve done! Hacker is just so naughty and funny! Me and Louis could not concentrate as Hacker was making us laugh so much!
Do you have contact lenses specially made for your roles in Wolfblood and Cops and Monsters?
In Cops and Monsters no, but Wolfblood yes. They are specially designed with my prescription so I can actually see better with them in! They are made and shipped from America so it’s quite exciting!
If you didn’t go into acting, what do you think you would be doing?
If I wasn’t acting then I’d most probably be travelling all around the world at the moment as travel is another passion of mine! But career-wise, I would probably work for a charity such as Tenovus, which I am currently a patron for, or maybe have gone to university to study psychology or medicine as that’s what I wanted to do before I discovered acting.
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