Emma Mackey Talks All Things ‘Sex Education’

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Sex Education made its highly-anticipated return to the small screen on September 17th. And as we're still busy binging the hit comedy's 3rd season, Emma Mackey hinted that she might not return to Moordale High. Here's why.

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First off, let's set the record straight: Ms. Mackey has nothing but love for her role as Maeve Wiley. "It's a gift to play that kind of character," Emma gushed. "I think there's something very powerful about [Maeve], and I'm only sort of realizing now, with a little bit of a distance, how much of an impact she has had on people." But her thoughts on starring in Sex Education are more complex than that. "It's a complicated thing to me," the actress admitted.

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"Sex Education is so momentous as a concept, as a show, and the cast are phenomenal," Emma gushed to Hunger. "I genuinely care about them all a lot, and I made lifelong friends. We've kind of grown up together." But as they say, all good things come to an end. "The bittersweet nature of it is that I also can't be 17 my whole life," Mackey added.

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But we don't need to freak out just yet. She might not return as Maeve Wiley next season, but we certainly haven't seen the last of Emma on our screens. The talented icon starred in 2020's Irish thriller The Winter Lake and is set to star in upcoming films Death on the Nile and Emily. In the latter, Emma will be playing Victorian author Emily Bronte - a role she is especially looking forward to.

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"We don't learn enough about women in history, and often, when you read history books, the only facts and figures you have about [women] are who they married and how many children they had or didn't have. That's really sad - you're chirping away whole identities and whole lives from the history books," Emma said. "It's quite nice to be in a position to be able to reinvent and reimagine and actually flesh someone out who really existed."