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Thursday 21 September 2017

All my bullies now want to be my friend after RAW success, says Tara

RAW actress Tara Lee is having the last laugh since becoming famous -- all of her childhood critics and bullies now want to be her friend.

The 17-year-old told the Herald that she is relishing her newfound status as Emma on the popular RTE series, because it's like getting her own back on her tormentors, who teased her as she was growing up.

"People treat me differently now. I was never the sporty one and for that I think I attracted bad attention," she said.

The Blessington native admitted she was always thought of as "different" because of her looks and her interests.

"Girls and boys gave me flak and now they're all trying to make amends," she revealed.



POWER

"They've all come running back to me now and are so pleasant. It really annoys me but it's a glorious feeling too, to have that power to reject them and kind of say 'get lost'.

Despite getting recognised now for her role on the programme, which also stars Charlene McKenna, Tara said she'll never be a diva.

"At the same time, I don't want people to think that I assume I'm better than them. I'm quite paranoid about that. I always feels I have to talk myself down -- I don't want to come across like I'm a star, or that I pose as one, but I do enjoy the attention."

Tara joined the cast of RAW last August and admits she feels she had to grow up faster because of her new job.



GOALS

"I realised if I want to learn as much as I can, I had to grow up sooner. My priorities have changed since being in RAW -- my Leaving Certificate has gone done the list a bit now, my goals have changed."

The talented blonde added she's thrilled with her acting career so far and wouldn't change it for the world.

"I've never done acting classes or anything like that, so I was really lucky to get the part of Emma. I was so passionate about the character and got very excited when auditioning, so I think that helped.

"I love playing her, she's so like me. She's outspoken. It's nice also to be recognised because I'm proud that I can act and am in such a good show."

Tara plans to move up to the capital with a number of her pals after finishing school and said that, although she doesn't want to go down the academic route, she hopes to study a degree in Songwriting and Modern Music at DIT, one of her other passions.

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