Nicola Hughes: When I told my friends I was dating bad boy Alex they said ‘Oh no’
Nicola Hughes, the Irish model currently starring in Made in Chelsea, has said that while she loves appearing in the reality show, it is daunting and scary being exposed to such a massive audience.
The 25-year-old has appeared in the last three episodes of the hit show, which is broadcast on England’s most popular young entertainment channel E4.
“I am loving it. It’s fun, it’s dramatic,” Nicola told Spin 103.8 presenters Gordon Hayden and Lauren Kelly.
“I was dating Alex [Mytton] for about six months and because he was on the show, it made sense for me to do it too. It follows his life and I'm a part of his life,” the model revealed.
Nicola maintains that she did not know who Alex was when she first met him last summer while he was in Naas doing a public appearance at a local nightclub.
“I knew Jamie because his face was everywhere. I’d never followed the show. I didn’t know much about it.”
“I was quite scared because I’d told my friends and they said, ‘Oh no what have you done - you need to see the show and see what he’s about and what he’s done,’” she confessed.
However, the pretty blond made a point to not watch the show as she continued a long distance relationship with Londoner Alex.
Much of the series 9 drama has centred around Nicola meeting Alex’s ex-girlfriend, Binky Felstead.
“In the buildup to us meeting...I was hearing things in my ear, she was probably hearing the same. There was a lot of hostility to each other,” she admits.
“It wasn't a great start but we’ll be fine.”
Nicola revealed that the cast members all get together and watch the show before it goes out on a Monday night to the public.
“I’m nervous every time. We don’t know how it’s going to be put together. It’s quite nervous and daunting,” the Sandyford native told the radio hosts.
“You’re really throwing yourself out there - it’s scary. I didn’t realise how big of a thing it is before I did it.
“I didn't realise how big the fans were. People have characters they love and people don’t like the new girl.
The former Miss University Ireland added that the show is not as staged as you might think.
“You arrive into the scenario and go with the flow. They can't tell you what to do or say. You’re put in certain situations and you just run with it.”
Now based in London, Nicola hopes to pursue a career in television.
She is also due to appear on a RTE reality show filmed in Vancouver entitled ‘Exiles’ which follows young Irish people attempting to make it in Canada.
“I basically did Exiles because I wanted to go down the presenting route. I would like to do something in this industry.
“[Made in Chelsea] had to happen because Alex was in it, it worked and we both decided to do it together. It’s great exposure and makes me comfortable in front of the camera.”