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- I think, you know, "Hey, pissflaps!"

I think "Hey, pissflaps" is quite good.

- Hi, I'm Gena,

I'm here with Emma Mackey from "Sex Education"

and these are her Netflix Nine.

Okay, Emma, so the time has finally come.

- Yes. - Season two, you know,

- Yes. - it's here, it's ready.

All the people that were asking us where is season two,

it's here, I have Maeve herself right here with me.

So starting off light,

what are you most proud of about this season

and what's one of your favorite storylines this time around?

- That's a lovely question. - Thank you.

- Thank you. - Thank you so much.

- I am most proud of the, it's a double thing, triple thing,

but it's the idea of sisterhood,

we kind of broach the idea of sisterhood

in a much deeper way. - Yeah.

- In a really beautiful, nuanced, warm way

and I love Maeve's relationship with Amy,

their friendship is just beautiful

and I love her relationship with Miss Sands,

Miss Sands, I keep saying this,

but she's become like the Miss Honey to Maeve's Matilda,

do you know what I mean? - Yeah.

- She's kind of that protective figure at school

and then obviously Maeve and her Mum

and how that's sort of

a whole complicated rigmarole to navigate.

But yeah, the idea of sisterhood

is something I'm really, really proud of this season,

I think it works really well.

- So a lot of people, you know,

obviously be shipping Otis and Maeve, but for me,

my favorite relationship in the series

is definitely Maeve and Amy,

I think you guys are so hilarious together as actors.

I've heard from your other cast members

that Amy on set is very funny,

what is it like for you working together

and getting to portray such a beautiful friendship

that I think is a really good example

to like supporting each other like women

and things like that. - Yeah, I completely agree

and that's the thing I said

at the end of season one, when everyone was like,

oh, is it Maeve and Jackson, Maeve and Otis?

I was like what about Maeve and Amy?

- Yeah, right, they're the core.

- This is what's actually happening.

- Yeah. - Yeah,

I think their friendship like you say

is a really positive one,

'cause they're not comparing each other,

there's no competition, there's no judgment

and they sort of just coexist beautifully together,

even when they are so diametrically opposed,

is that a word, diametrically?

- Yeah, I'm gonna say it is, if you say it is, it is.

- Diametrically opposed, okay.

- Was that also mirrored off set too for both of you?

- Yeah, well yeah, and this is the thing

and also this season,

because obviously we have a little bit more confidence,

we know a little bit more what we're doing,

we got to sort of inject mine and Amy's real life humor

and kind of chemistry into our characters,

which is so joyous and so lovely,

I mean, we just do accents and silly voices all the time

and sing and do all these moments together and it's lovely.

- Is it true that the "Ta'ra, pet" is something

that they added in afterwards or was that part of--

- That was like an ad lib that we did.

- I love it. - Yeah, yeah,

that was us, yeah.

- Ta'ra, lad. - See you later, pet.

- Alright, so let's go delve a little bit more

into storylines, so I mean,

Maeve's storylines this season are gut wrenching.

For those emotional scenes,

particularly I'm talking like the end,

how hard was it to get into that space emotionally

and to do those scenes,

where you sort of have to be more vulnerable on screen?

- I don't know if difficult is the word,

luckily I had the incredible Anne-Marie Duff,

who was just there and existing

and being incredible at what she does

and so I just had to sort of react to what she was doing,

so a lot of the work was done for me

and the writing obviously

does a lot of the work for me as well,

it was just beautifully written and it made a lot of sense

and it was so, like you say, gut wrenching is how I felt,

I felt like it was a lot that day, those couple of days

that we filmed those scenes were a lot,

but in the best way, actors love that,

we love a bit of melodrama. - Yeah, yeah.

I was like okay, Emma, you'd better act,

you'd better act, Emma, give me the tears,

give me the little mouth tremble.

- Give me the tears, I wanna see you cry.

I wanna see you cry.

So yeah, but I really enjoyed it and the writing

and Anne-Marie Duff were a massive, massive help

as you can imagine,

- Yeah, yeah. - in that situation.

- So in my Netflix Nine interview with Ncuti,

who plays Eric in "Sex Education,"

I asked him who his favorite "Sex Education" character was

and he said it was a tie.

- Can I just have it between Jackson, Amy and Maeve?

- So if you had to choose your favorite character

from the show other than Maeve, who would it be?

- Well, again it would have to be a tie situation.

- Oh, yeah.

- I would say Eric, Amy and Jackson.

- Oh, really? - Yeah, this time round,

Amy and Jackson's storylines are so important

and so well thought through

and presented at least in this season

and I think that it's gonna start

some interesting conversations,

so yeah, I just wanna hug them both

and just kind of look after them, you know.

- So a very famous line of Maeve's from season one

is her response to Jackson, when he asks what she's into

and she replies, "Complex female characters."

- Yeah.

- What is your thing then? - Complex female characters.

What a great one liner. - What a great one liner.

- Yeah.

- Who is your favorite complex female character

from TV or film?

- Ooh. - And why?

- Oh, my God!

I think recently it's been "Fleabag," hasn't it really?

- [Gena] Ooh, good, that is such a good answer.

- Thank you, she's had a massive impact

I think generally on the industry

and the way her work is received and the way she is received

as a writer and a director and an actor extraordinaire

is really empowering

and she's such a good example and a role model,

'cause "Fleabag" was so provocative

and so direct and so frank and funny and dark

and had this like real kind of visceral nature to it

and I think that her character is,

I don't think we've ever seen anything like it before,

which is why it's so revolutionary

is that she's just not hiding anything, which I love,

so I think she's a very brave person.

- Yes. - Very brave.

- So I'm going to read you some of Maeve's phrases/insults,

- Okay. - And I want you to rank them,

- Oh, my God, this is great, this is great.

- I want you to rank them from best to,

I'm not gonna say worst, 'cause none of them are bad,

so best to like least best.

Number one, "Fuck off, snowflake!"

- Yeah, that's very good.

- Two, "Hey, pissflaps!"

- That's good. - Yeah, it's a good one.

- That is the one, yeah.

- Number three.

- "Hey, Pissflaps!"

- "Hey, Pissflaps!" - "Hey, Pissflaps!"

- "Alright, dickhead?" - Yeah.

- That's classic, I think. - That is classic Maeve.

- Classic Maeve. - That is classic Maeve,

vintage. - Four,

"What's up, dickstain?"

- "What's up, dickstain?" - Yeah.

- I remember that scene. - Yeah, yeah.

All top tier. - Oh, my God!

It's all the top tier stuff.

Fuck off, I'm gonna say, "Fuck off, snowflake!"

- "Fuck off, snowflake!"

Yeah. - Number one.

- Number one.

- Because just chronologically it makes sense.

- Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

- And then we're gonna go with,

I think, you know, "Hey, Pissflaps!"

I think "Hey, Pissflaps" is quite good.

- Yeah, alright.

- I think "Pissflaps" and then "Dickstain,"

- Okay. - And then, "What's up,"

because the "Dickhead" thing is just,

that's how I just call Otis all the time.

- Yeah, right. - So it's great,

but it's just the more mellow one, yeah.

- Okay, that was a good ranking.

- Thank you, yeah. - That was good,

you did really well. - I was so focused,

I didn't look at you, I was like this.

- No, I know, you were really,

I appreciate how seriously you took it.

Let's go with some more broader

sort of existentially kind of questions.

- Oh, okay. - Just to get to know you

a little bit more, you know,

Emma Mackey, you know. - Who is she?

- Not Maeve but Emma, who are you, right?

If you could be famous for any other thing,

no matter how random, what would it be?

- Like I'm gonna make up a job,

but I'd wanna be like a humanitarian

international lawyer kind of thing,

like I'd wanna be known for actually helping people

and actually doing something practical in the world.

- [Gena] Oh, that's really nice.

- I wanna be the protector. - Yeah, yeah.

- The protector of the people.

- That's much nicer than Maeve.

- And if not, it would be like a dancer or something,

I love the idea of dancing, you know,

that'd be cool as well, wouldn't it?

- Mine is like I wanna sell lipsticks, anyway.

- That's lovely as well. - Yeah,

but it's not like I wanna save people,

it's like actually I don't. - Well, yeah, I mean,

actually I don't, sorry.

- I just want lipstick for myself.

Okay, if you were invited to a fancy celeb dinner

and could be sat next to any celebrity of your choosing.

- Living?

- No, they could be dead. - Okay.

- It would be slightly weirder,

- No, they could be dead. - but they could be dead,

- Okay. - I could do that.

Who would it be?

- Okay, hm, right now it'd be Michelle Obama, I reckon,

someone like Michelle Obama,

you would have the best evening.

I would just kind of listen to her and be like,

tell me about yourself. - Yeah.

- I wouldn't whisper it, tell me about yourself.

- Yeah.

- That's creepy, sorry, Michelle Obama.

- While she's about to tuck into like.

- It's like tell me about yourself.

I'm such a little creep, I didn't know.

- As someone who's both French and English,

I'd like you to settle a debate

between Netflix UK and Netflix France.

- Oh, are you gonna do the tou doum thing?

- Yeah. (light melodic music)

- Fucking hell. - Right.

- Okay, this is tough, this is tough.

- Yeah, this is tough, this is tough.

- Can you tell me how the English, what is the English one?

- This is the French one, tou doum,

this is the English one. - Yeah.

- Da dum, right.

- Da dum. - Da da, this is like,

to me it's like duh duh, duh, duh,

but that's a D like, duh.

- See, I'm sorry, but I'm-- (French National Anthem)

- Are you really doing this?

- I'm team tou doum.

But I mean, you've written it,

but it is like a T.

- It's like, go on. - It is actually really hard,

'cause it is a machine making this noise and I can't do it,

but I hear a tou doum, tou doum.

- Really, you're a T?

- It's a T.

- Because I'm hearing like, duh duh.

- It's between a T and a D, you hear what, duh duh?

That's not the Netflix one, duh duh.

- Can you imagine if they just changed it

to me being like duh duh.

- But I think truthfully I'm somewhere between the two,

but I think it leans more toward the tou doum.

Tou doum, yeah.

- You're perfect in every way to me, Emma.

You are fantastic, honestly.

- Thank you.

- Our time sadly is up together.

- Oh, God.

- But it's been fantastic speaking to you.

Season two is fantastic and it was great watching you

and I hope to see more of you in the future,

but for now these were your Netflix Nine.

- Thank you, thanks. (laughing)

- I was worried for a second, I don't know.

- I was really worried, like how long's she gonna be?

Seeing your sort of thinking face.

- You were doing so well.

I think it's shit.

I've fucked this already.

- It's good, I got you. - It's a good answer,

thank you so much.

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