I caught up with Pacent after she finished her routine yoga stretches and before she left for a promotional tour of in London to reflect on what the series has given to her, and to fans around the world. [Laughs] Yes, I’m so excited, this is just amazing.
This is just an example of the sort of opportunities the show has given me. We all loved our characters, we all wanted to see it through, we all really wanted to have that season finale, so that we could give the fans closure, but I think that every single person involved got so much out of it.
I dread the thought of displaying my wobbly arms next to hers, but can I do anything to banish my bingo wings? It sounds great, but Rich’s version of changing my diet is drastic.
My first job is to clear my kitchen cupboards of my beloved Crunchie bars and stock up on healthy meats and pulses. Instead of my usual breakfast of coffee (white, plenty of sugar) and a banana, I have herbal tea and a poached egg on toast. Day two and a delivery driver dumps my weights on my porch. Waiting for my lunchtime omelette to cook, I do the plank — a hideous stretch that involves balancing my body on just my elbows and toes, back parallel to the floor. I stick to eggs or toast for breakfast, an omelette for lunch and brown rice with salmon and spinach or grilled chicken and broccoli for dinner — which isn’t as boring as it sounds, as I add Chinese five-spice and soy sauce for flavour.
It doesn’t help that people in the media discredit bisexuality, for example Dan Savage, or that celebrities say they are bi for the publicity, for example Nicky Minaj. and I think that the way society is set up, it’s very difficult for men specifically to come out as bisexual. If it were more socially acceptable for guys I think we’d see a lot more in men. Looking back on the past 4 years of , what was the best thing for you? To be able to be involved in something that affected kids coming out, younger girls who are dealing with their sexuality, who were able to accept themselves. When I think about it, it seems to be like what [teen drama] was to a lot of people: Like this little gem, like when that came on DVD we went, Yes!
You can get victimized and, Oh, I’m so discriminated against, I’m not visible, and all these things, but that is not the attitude that I take. I mean, how many people in the world can sit there and be like, I know what it is to romantically engaged with both sexes? That’s like, you realize you’ve been a part of something that is a turning point in someone else’s life. We get to be a part of this little slice of history that was only around for a little bit of time.
Candy Bar and the lesbian scene in London is a big deal. Not at all, when I was there with my ex-girlfriend in 2006 we did all the sights, went out to dinner, did girlfriendy things. [Laughs.] You mention you're part of the gay community, but I understand you identify as bisexual. I don’t feel like I have to put that stamp on my head. I have felt a part of the LGBT community for a very long time. [Laughs] I often think the ' B' in LGBT is overlooked, and that there are no real guidelines for acceptance in our community. A few years ago I stopped allowing people in interviews to refer to me as gay.
If you’re going to mention my sexuality, it has to be bisexual, and that’s it. It’s very overlooked and I’m not sure how or when that’s going to change, I think it’s just more education on it from those who are bisexual.