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Sofia Black-D’Elia Exclusive Interview SKINS

On the controversial MTV television series  Skins , actress Sofia Black-D’Elia plays Tea, the 16-year-old, openly gay cheerleader who is as big a mystery to herself as she is everyone else. This wild card is as beautiful and confident as they come on the surface, but also has the same self-doubt that is normal for any teenager her age. During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Sofia Black-D’Elia talked about being a fan of the BBC series that  Skins  was adapted from, the honor of working with the original show’s creator, bonding with her co-stars, how she loves Tea’s honesty, dealing with the criticism that the show has already received, and being a role model for other teens looking to be confident in their own sexuality. Check out what she had to say after the jump: Read More... //

Skins Creator on U.S. Controversy: "Sometimes the Truth Can Be Painful"

Skins creator Brian Elsley spoke out for the first time Monday in response to the controversy surrounding the U.S. adaptation of the hit British drama. In short, he says the show is "a very serious attempt to get to the roots of young people's lives." In a lengthy statement to MTV News, Elsley called Skins a "very simple and in fact rather old fashioned" series. "It deals with relationships, parents, death, illness, mental health issues, the consequences of drug use and sexual activity," he writes. "It is just that these are characterized from the point of view of the many young people who write the show and has a very straightforward approach to their experiences; it tries to tell the truth. Sometimes that truth can be a little... //

Skins UK Actress Kaya Scodelario Comes Out Against Skins US

In light of the continuing controversy over racy content on Skins US, the old "Is Skins US any good?" debate seems fairly inconsequential and tame. But one Skins UK actress has chimed in on that count in a way you might not expect.Kaya Scodelario, the actress who plays Effie Stonem in the original Skins UK series, had this to say about Skins US via her Twitter feed: "Hi every1.Still on holiday with the girls in beautiful jamaica!We watched the American skins... Na mate! Brits did it better..."... //

'Skins': The racy Tea steps out amid advertiser controversy

As of Monday (Jan. 24) morning, MTV lost a few more advertisers on "Skins." At least six sponsors have pulled their ads from the show - which, we're sure they all did at least in part from boycott threats and the Parents Television Council's (PTC) claims that the show violates child porn laws.And amid all this rancor, MTV's lesbian character, Tea's episode airs next. Sofia Black D'elia, who we spoke to about playing Tea, appeared on Popeater writer Rob Shuter's HDnet talk show, "Naughty but Nice with Rob," and commented on the controversy."It's not necessarily the big things you'd assume would upset people," D'elia says. "It's kind of because everyone in our cast is under 20. So, that immediately puts people on edge, because these are real teenagers doing these things."She then adds, "It's what teens are doing. It's the way teenagers believe," she says. "I think, especially you know in certain situations when you come from... //

SKINS (MTV) “Tea” Episode 2 - Preview

Watch a sneak peek of the upcoming episode of MTV’s new series, SKINS "Tea" Episode 2 which airs Monday January 24 2010 at 10 pm on MTV. Episode Synopsis : SKINS (MTV) "Tea" Episode 2 – Tea’s friends send her on a terrible blind date. Series Summary: Skins is funny, sexy, irreverent and genuine to an extreme. It also aspires to be heartbreaking, elegantly witty and subtextual. The show fearlessly pokes fun at parents, teachers, at the crazy rules of friendship and love in the teen years, wonky social rules – and any other random target it chooses. Skins teeters on the edge of acceptability all the time. But along the way, it stumbles across depth and truth – homing in on the difficulties and complications of young people’s lives. Somehow we’re never absolutely sure how. Skins is about loyalty, obligations among friends and the difficulties of growing up in the pressure cooker of expectations which flow from an impatient adult world. Read More... //

Reel TV News: The PTC vs. Skins, Thursday Ratings Buzz, and Glee Gets Naked! – 01/21/11

Check out today's Reel TV News for a summary of the top entertainment news stories of the day! First up, Kendra has the scoop on the Parents' Television Council fight with Skins. Will MTV clean up the teen act, or are they testing the boundaries of child pornography? Also, the first week of American Idol (sans Simon!) has came and conquered TV -- find out how The Big Bang Theory and Community fared in the big timeslot war! Also, find out the backstory to Glee's upcoming naked episode! Click over to the video via the link below! Reel TV News: 1/21/11

The Cast of MTV's 'Skins' Plays 'Two Truths and a Lie'

What do we know about the cast of MTV's 'Skins,' which premieres tonight?  Not much, to be honest, since the network cast largely unknown high schoolers. Wait a sec -- teenagers playing teenagers? How novel! We decided to remedy that by getting to know the cast with a fun ice-breaker game, Two Truths and a Lie. Each cast member told us two things that were true about themselves, along with one thing that was absolutely false. Then their castmates guessed which was which. Do you know who still turns to childhood toys for comfort? Who's dyed her hair multiple colors? And exactly how many pairs of shoes do these girls own? Find out after the jump. //

'Skins' Sofia Black-D'Elia: More nervous about playing a cheerleader, than a lesbian

The first episode of MTV's "Skins" premieres Monday (Jan. 17) and follows the UK version very closely, but there's one glaring omission. The exuberant and full of life Maxxie Oliver (played infectiously by Mitch Hewer in the original series) is nowhere to be found. In his place stands Sofia Black-D'Elia as Tea, a lesbian to Maxxie's gay and a cheerleader to his dancer."She's a very confident, self assured girl," Black-D'Elia tells Zap2it. "She's very assertive and also very funny at times."You'd think that playing a lesbian character on national television would be a daunting prospect for Black-D'Elia, but she tells us that there were other aspects of Tea that she feared more."I wasn't really concerned with the sexuality part," she says. "To me, the more daunting part of her was how confident she is. I'm 18 years old. I'm not that confident yet. So, yeah, I wasn't really uncomfortable with it at all. I was actually more nervous,... //

Skins USA: Meet Abbud - Your American 'Anwar'

In the first UK series of Skins , Anwar Kharral (Dev Patel of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Last Airbender" fame) represented the good boy gone rogue mold in the group as he prayed all day, partied all night. Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll were the three things he lived by, despite his religous and stern upbringing. Anwar, like his best bud, Maxxie, liked to take life by the horns and ride it till he woke up in a strange place the next morning. Then it was basically rinse, reset, repeat when he arrived at the next event of debauchery. One thing that stuck out about Anwar was his naivete about the world around him. While praying five times a day, Anwar still went against his religion (he's a Muslim) when it came to the intake of pork, drugs, and sex, even though he lost his virginity towards the end of Series One. Along with praying, Anwar adopted the Islamic stance against homosexuality, which caused Maxxie to call his friend out on being a hypocritcal bigot. The two had a falling out, but eventually made up at the end of Series One. Read More... //

Skins USA: Meet Tea - Your American 'Maxxie'

Maxxie Oliver was the embodiment of fun and liberation that defined the first group of Bristol teens who occupied the world of Skins . He was a dancer and loved it. He was gay and loved it. He lived life and loved it. In fact, you could say life was Maxxie’s drug of choice and he couldn’t get enough of it. While everybody loved Maxxie for who he was (it’s pretty much impossible to hate the guy), his best friend Anwar had issues with Maxxie’s sexuality, which ended up causing a tiff between the two friends down the line. Tony also took notice of Maxxie’s sexuality, but tried to use Maxxie as a springboard to venture into a curious bout of bisexuality. ‘Disaster’ doesn’t even begin to describe the mess that came from that incident, but Maxxie still came out somewhat unscathed. Tony? Not so much. Read More... //