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Monday 21 April 2014

Powder Room true to life for women

Jaime Winstone and Sheridan Smith star in Powder Room

Sheridan Smith and Jaime Winstone have said that they love how much their new film, Powder Room, is true to life for women.

The actresses play friends on a night out where Sheridan's character feels inadequate next to more successful old acquaintances from college, and the film includes plenty of gossiping and heart-to-hearts in the toilets.

Both agreed that the film is very realistic and Sheridan said: "It's really refreshing to have a script like that. There's not a lot of scripts for women where they're not the kind of twee characters, so to have real women... it's quite crude but it's real, it's what women are like nowadays.

"There's that programme Girls in America, that's real, and Bridesmaids was, but to have a British film that's about British women and what really goes on in the ladies' loos, it's great."

Jaime added: "It's not necessarily played for laughs. A lot of it was based on real stories in toilets and a lot of it did feel really real.

"It was only afterwards when I watched it and went, 'God, that is really funny.' Actually you're so used to hearing it in girls' toilets, kind of the nonsense that goes on."

Sheridan explained that the convincing script had come from a spot of eavesdropping in the ladies', which sparked the idea for Powder Room.

She said: "[The writer, Rachel Hirons] was in the loos one day and she overheard a conversation. She was like, 'That's hilarious,' so she wrote it down on a piece of tissue paper and that's how the whole idea came about."

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