We chat to Made in Chelsea’s former star, Emma Walsh, about Toff and Stanley Johnson appearing on the show, how she maintains that amazing bod, guilty pleasures, and how to become a YouTube sensation…
What made you want to be on Made in Chelsea?
‘I was asked to be on the show after a weekend away with Binky, Richard and Ollie. I actually never went out looking to be on a reality tv show, but I’m really glad that I experienced it.’
What’s the hardest thing about being on reality TV?
‘Figuring out what is real and what isn’t. You quickly see who your real friends are and who’s just trying to get a story. It can be very confusing.’
What was the best thing about being on Made in Chelsea?
‘I loved being on a TV set – all the crew were amazing, and it was a real learning experience.’
Do you still watch it? Who’s your favourite character?
‘Yeah, I like to check in every now and then to see what’s happening. My favourite character is definitely Toff – she’s just lovely, and of course Stanley making his appearance was brilliant.’
What’s your favourite type of exercise?
‘I’m really loving Kobox at the moment, it helps to punch a bag sometimes and let out my frustrations. I do weight/HIIT training at Un1t in Fulham and I love Reformer Pilates. I used to be a professional dancer, so I enjoy the stretching and toning that Pilates gives you.’
How do you stay in shape?
‘I am gluten and dairy intolerant so that automatically rules out quite a lot of the naughty foods. I try to stay away from refined sugar for health reasons, so naturally I have quite a healthy diet, but I do love food very much! I eat a lot of fish and vegetables, sweet potatoes, and always eggs for breakfast.’
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
‘Wholefoods and Matcha NOW – their patented cap technology keeps the matcha secure in the lid, so I can just pop the bottle in my bag and not have to worry about the matcha oxidising and losing all its benefits.’
What’s your top beauty tip?
‘Drink lots of water and be kind to your skin.’
What’s your guilty pleasure?
‘A nice cup of tea, Ombar chocolate and a great TV series. Probably popcorn, too.’
What advice would you give to people about how to become a YouTube sensation?
‘Be prepared to work really hard and network as much as you can. Always try to do something a little different – it’s tough, so “just keep swimming”.’
What’s one thing our readers might not already know about you?
‘My parents were a famous pop group in the UK in the late 70’s at the same time as ABBA. They were called The Dooley’s. It was a family group from my Mum’s side. Singing runs in the family and I toured with the Westend’s musical “Grease” in 2010.’