BILLIE Piper has revealed how 'a lot of her own feelings of shock, denial and fear' inspired her nude leak drama I Hate Suzie.
The actress stars in and also co-directs Sky Atlantic's edgy new drama with Succession writer Lucy Prebble, which fans will be able to catch from tomorrow.
Billie, 37, and Lucy, 40, had an instant connection from their first meeting on ITV 2 drama Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which they worked on back in 2007.
After the show ended in 2011, the pair kept in touch and became good friends.
Their new project is about a woman whose life unravels when her phone is gets hacked.
Billie commented on how her character Suzie overlaps with her real-life persona.
She explained: "This is not autobiographical, but a lot of my own feelings are there as a woman in her thirties.
"My photos have never been hacked, for example – but setting it in the world of being an actor creates a lot of drama, fun and entertainment."
She added: "Everyone has a profile now: whoever you are, if your phone is found it could be so incriminating. Your entire life could be destroyed by a few innocent texts. It doesn’t have to be anything huge to take someone apart these days.
"It never felt like we were pushing people away with this story, because it’s a familiar concept: the unmasking of someone."
Asked what sort of character Suzie is when viewers first meet her, Billie said: "I don’t think she knows who she is. She’s been a lot of people, which feels very female. As a woman you put on many different hats to get what you want.
"She’s absorbed lots of personalities and been formed by other people. She’s very impressionable, porous and sensitive, and she’s shaped from a young age."
She added: "We didn’t want to conform to storytelling in the way we’re used to seeing. People see so much TV now that they can anticipate everything without even realising. It allows you to tune out and we absolutely didn’t want that."
I Hate Suzie starts Thursday, August 27 on Sky Atlantic with NOW TV.
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