Rita Simons: 'I hate kissing Scott Maslen!'

EastEnders actress Rita Simons has admitted that she hates having to kiss her co-star Scott Maslen during their scenes together.

Viewers have seen steamy scenes between the pair's characters Roxy and Jack in recent episodes, but Rita told the Mirror that snogging Scott was no easy task.

"Scott's like my big brother and I absolutely freak out every time I have to kiss him,” said the 34-year-old.

"The director says 'action!' and we kiss and then when he says 'Cut!' we both hit and punch each other and he pushes me off him and I push him off me. We’re like a pair of three-year-olds."

It is the second time the two characters have had an on-screen fling, with the first resulting in the birth of Roxy's daughter Amy.

However Rita revealed that this time around filming their romantic scenes together was very different.

"The first time we got ­together was when we conceived Amy and back then I didn't know Scott very well, so it wasn’t so strange," she said of her 40-year-old co-star.

"But now it's much weirder. When I read the script I said, 'Oh my God – I can't believe we've got to kiss!' Then Scott ran down from his dressing room and said ­exactly the same thing. We both hate it."

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