How important is the show to the lesbian community?
Lenora: The feedback we’ve had tells us it's been really important. We went to the Stonewall awards and several women came up to us and said it was so refreshing to see lesbians just being girly, being teenagers and they’re not all you know stereotypical with shaved heads and burning their bras ... being ‘lesbians’ [laughter]. Sugar Rush didn’t feed into all those stereotypes and for the lesbian community that was important and refreshing because they are not represented on TV. Sugar Rush didn’t set out to be politically correct or make a stand, it created its own little world where the storylines happened.
Olivia: I still get letters now from girls saying thank you. It’s really touching to have these lovely letters. A lot of girls say I helped them, and they can relate to Kim because they were going through the same thing. They tell me their life stories, it’s like they think I am Kim.
Lenora: We are in a society now where TV is a whole culture. It affects everyone’s lives and if there is nothing on TV representing you it’s a massive problem. Everyone has got their thing, whether you’re into pop music or rock music you have always got something. So for young teenage girls struggling with their sexuality Sugar Rush was that. It was something to identify with and to relate to whether or not it was exactly right. It broke a taboo.
What sort of letters do you get from fans?
Olivia: They write about them and their girlfriend going to Brighton and visiting all the spots from the show. They go to the Munch Box, which isn’t the Munch Box and are very upset it isn’t. They remember things that even I don’t remember! They sent me the photos. I get really, really, really positive letters.
Lenora: Yes, it’s lovely stuff. One young girl wrote to me and asked me to wear her necklace in Sugar Rush. It was very touching because she just loved the show. She wasn't a lesbian at all and wasn’t struggling with anything. The necklace had big green bits on it and she wrote “It’s really colourful and Sugar’s character is really colourful so I thought you can wear it in a scene”. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to sneak it into one of the scenes.
What would you consider your highlights of the show?
Lenora: There are just so many!
Olivia: Oh, the freezing nights on the beach...
Lenora: Yes, they were hard nights on Brighton seafront. It was filmed in February March time and Sugar’s not one for practicality with her stilettos...
Olivia: There are some scenes where I can see in post-production I'm slurring a bit because I was so cold [laughter]. I remember thinking “I really can’t feel my hands now”, they were like purple.
Lenora: One scene that really stands out is when Sugar and Kim start pole dancing! That was good fun because we had some real pole dancers in telling us how to do it and what the moves were called. Me and Olivia were just having a laugh, but they took it really seriously.
Olivia: There are lots of highlights just because we were all so close; it was like a family after two years.
Channel 4 say the decision to cancel the show is based on the lack of a scheduling slot. What Channel 4 programme would you have Sugar Rush replace?
Lenora: Take your pick! Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother’s Little Brother, Big Brother’s Brain, Big Brother’s arm and leg! [laughter]
Olivia: It’s because they want to make Big Brother longer. So now Big Brother’s going to be on from 10pm to 11pm [when Sugar Rush was on].
Lenora: I think half an hour of Big Brother is more than enough! I'm not taking anything away from Big Brother – it’s Channel 4's biggest show and obviously it makes sense to make it a priority, but I think there is room for non-reality TV as well.
Olivia: I don’t think it should replace a show but it should be given a time slot. It’s such a shame.
Lenora: It was an asset to Channel 4. I don't think Channel 4 recognises Sugar Rush was a brave move and did really well for the channel.
When the second series finished did you think there wouldn't be a third series?
Lenora: Especially the way we leave series two [with Sugar moving in with Kim and Saint], it sets things up for series three. It was sort of a last minute thing [for Channel 4 to cancel the show].
Do you have any message for your fans?
Lenora: Thank you very much for the support and for the open-mindedness; for giving Sugar Rush a chance and accepting it and having fun with it. To everyone it touched I think the most important thing, whether you’re gay or not, is to be true to yourself. Find your own truth, and just have the strength whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, green or blue. Especially if you’re green or blue! [laughter]
Olivia: When I went into Sugar Rush I really didn’t have any idea how it would turn out. We were all a bit unsure and when we saw the finished product we didn’t know how people were going to take it. The response has been fantastic so thank you for watching and thank you for all your support and boo to Channel 4! [laughter].
Finally, we have a friend in America called Arlan who sells these great t-shirts saying. “I'd go gay for...” If you had to wear one whose name and picture would be on it?
Lenora: [laughs] Olivia ...
Olivia: [laughs] Yes, I'd pick you too ...
But if you couldn’t pick each other?
Olivia: Jessica Alba.
Lenora: Let me think, there are just so many beautiful women! I think Angelina Jolie is just stunning, stunning, stunning ...
Good girls, with the latter part of the interview with the girls from Sugar Rush we announced that from next week we will start to put the episodes of the second season of Sugar Rush, we hopefully enjoy them ...