Q&A: Dan Cohen a.k.a Archie on My Mad Fat Diary

Dan Cohen isn’t on Twitter but GREAT NEWS, he answered YOUR questions (submitted via social media) anyway! Read on to find out what he had to say -

1.) What advice would you give to someone that is struggling coming out to their friends and family?

Have courage. Know that you deserve to be treated with love and respect by the people around you, and don’t accept anything less. Most importantly have love and respect for yourself. You’re fine just the way you are, thank you very much!

I’m sure it can be a daunting step to take, and there are many excellent organisations that can provide advice and support; Stonewall and the Lesbian & Gay Switchboard to name a few. If you’re concerned about a hostile reaction from family, then get in touch with a charity called The Albert Kennedy Trust. It’s also worth checking out the It Gets Better Project videos or Channel4.com/support

Lastly, and perhaps most obviously, homophobia should not be tolerated by anybody, whether you’re straight or gay. So those with gay friends, stand with them, and if necessary, stand up for them.

2.) Are there any similarities between you and Archie?

We have the same glasses. Other than that we’re similar in many small ways, I kept him relatively close to myself.

3.) How do you pass the time between scenes backstage?

Eating lots of biscuits and drinking lots of tea, and distracting the lovely crew who are trying to work.

4.) If you could be any other character, who would you choose?

I’d love to play Rae’s Mum- what a brilliant character- though nobody could top Claire’s performance.

5.) What is your favourite memory of shooting Series 2?

Shooting the camping scenes were fun. It’s always a good atmosphere when the gang’s all on set together.

6.) What is your favourite aspect about the relationship between Archie and Rae?

For me, it’s that they are very comfortable with each other. In my head they regularly spend Sundays in pyjamas, eating pizza and watching classic 80s films together.

7.) How different is it playing a teenager in the 90s to now?

I imagine it’s mainly the clothes, and the level of eye contact people used to make before they owned mobile phones.

8.) If you could give your character one piece of advice what would it be and why?

My advice would be: Go and listen to Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann. That’s much better than anything I could come up with.

9.) We loved Archie’s performance in the first episode, do you dabble in music on the side?

I used to play in a band, and still write and play music with friends when I get the chance.

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