Hey guys! As always, we have SO much to catch up on! Since we last spoke, I’ve headed to 10 Downing Street and met the Prime Minister! Here’s how I got on…
Meeting the Prime Minister at Number 10
“The Prime Minister will see you now, Ross”. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write! And certainly one I didn’t think I’d ever hear in person, unless the PM ever decided to come and do a little cameo in Hollyoaks… However, this week, that sentence was real and it actually happened when I was invited to meet Theresa May at 10 Downing Street as part of a reception for World Mental Health Day.
Stepping through the famous shiny black door felt like such a surreal moment. It’s a street that we’ve all seen numerous times on TV, and I’m sure I can’t be the only one who has wondered what it’s like inside! In many ways, it reminded me of how I felt the first time I stepped onto the Coronation Street cobbles. Except even though this looked and felt like a film set, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t.
I wouldn’t want to copy Theresa May’s home décor!
The first thing that struck me was just how massive the place is. There are over 100 rooms in Number 10 and every single one is steeped in history and has its own very important purpose. I always imagined it to look like an ordinary house inside, but the truth is that many of the rooms are actually offices with government officials working in them, so it didn’t feel as homely as I thought it would.
The décor is very traditional too… lots of lemon coloured walls, oak panelling and chintzy fabrics. Phil, my husband, was hoping I’d get some interior inspiration for our home refurb, but I have to be honest, it was a bit like stepping back in time – and our house certainly isn’t as grand as Theresa’s formal residence, so we’d never pull off that look, and frankly, I don’t think we’d want to!
No matter what your opinion is on politics, just being inside the iconic building is something special, and I’d defy anyone who says differently. I visited the toilet (because let’s be honest, it’s a cool story to say you’ve had a wee in 10 Downing Street) but even they look ordinary! No fancy quilted loo paper or scented candles. Not even a lonely bowl of pot pourri! Oh, and if you’re wondering what the lady herself is like, I’ll say this. Her makeup is definitely better than her dancing… but it was nice for Hollyoaks as a show to be recognised for all the mental health storylines we tell and just goes to show how sometimes soap really can make a difference.
Big Brother’s Cameron Cole is SO brave
The day after World Mental Health Day was National Coming Out Day and I was really touched this week by Cameron Cole in Big Brother who bravely shared the news with his housemates that he was gay. My heart went out to him – knowing all too well what a seismic moment that is for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community, and also, just how difficult it is for so many people to share that news.
I was worried about coming out to my family and friends
I only felt ready to come out after meeting Phil and even then the process was something I really struggled with, primarily because, like Cameron, I feared that people might think differently of me. Of course, no one did, and now in hindsight I can see that it was one of the best decisions I ever made. So many wonderful things have happened for me since that day, both personally and professionally, and I really think that’s because you start living your best life when you can be your truest self. I applaud lovely Cameron for sharing his story in an arena as public as the Big Brother house, and the housemates for making him feel comfortable and safe enough to do that. Welcome to the rainbow, kid.
Until next week, much love. And be kind. Ross x