New Made in Chelsea cast member speaks exclusively to Kingsroad.co.uk
October 14, 2012 10:05
| Film and TV
Made in Chelsea’s new cast member, Stevie Johnson, who was recently referred to by OK! Magazine as the “King’s Road Cutie” is set to join the highly acclaimed reality TV show, which starts on Monday October 15 on E4. 23 year-old Stevie was educated at Eton College and then went on to study business management with marketing at the University of Leeds, where he became friendly with the highly popular Jamie Laing.
So Stevie, what attracted you to appearing on MIC?
I was originally friends with a few of the cast anyway, and the fact that I’m joining the show with two of my other close mates made the decision to do it a lot easier. Basically it’s just a case of hanging out with friends, but with cameras around...so it’s a lot of fun.
How did you meet your fellow cast-mates?
I was at school with Spencer so I’ve known him for years. He was always one of the mischievous ones in the year above trying to coax the younger boys into misbehaving! Also Jamie was at uni with me so I’ve known him for a while also.
What do you think you and the new boys will bring to the show?
I like to think of myself as being quite the humorous chap. I don’t take myself as seriously as some of the others might do, and I think people can be more relaxed in my company as a result. However, I think the new series will be really different. There has been this new injection of testosterone (Stevie will join the show along with new boys Andy Jordan and Sam Cussins), and boys as we all know can be quite territorial. Everyone gets quite competitive with each other, and there is always tension simmering under the surface. Also, like any single 20-something young man, I enjoy being in the company of the attractive girls on the show, so that might be something to keep an eye out for.
If you had to go for a drink along the King’s Road with one of the MIC lot, who would it be?
I actually went for a drink with Francis yesterday on the King's Road,
and it’s never a dull moment when that boy is around. He’d always be up there for when calling someone to grab a beer. But this ‘go for a drink’ saying tends to have a more romantic connotation linked to it. So I’m sorry, Francis, I just don’t feel that way about you. I’d probably have to say Binky. The girl is a real character, and she’d make me look good. Can’t go wrong!
What’s your idea of an ideal night?
I’m quite happy on either end of the spectrum. A night out with the boys is always going to be epic, but I’m just as happy with a DVD, takeaway, and a nice lady on the sofa with me.
Are you excited or nervous about how the public will react to you?
I’d say I’m quite excited to see how the ‘Stevie Johnson’ persona goes down. One is never going to please everyone, but as long as I’m being myself then I’m happy. Fingers crossed people will warm to me!
Fans of the show will be aware that the series has a reputation for long, awkward silences. Have you had any relationships with any of the cast members which could be described as awkward?
I’m generally the kind of person that gets on with everyone. However, being in the presence of the same people the whole time can take its toll. Like I said earlier, there is an almost constant effervescent tension present, so things do tend to spiral out of control quite quickly.
Have you had any #awkward situations on the King's Road?
When you watch the show you’ll be able to answer that for me!
What’s your earliest memory of the King's Road?
Getting the train from school on the weekends into London, we’d all head to the King's Road to meet girls I’d generally be too shy to talk to, and go to a pub where we’d have to leave because they don’t serve 14 year old adolescents.
What do you love about the King’s Road?
It’s just a great long stretch of beautiful London. There are so many cool shops, restaurants, and places to go out. You won’t be getting bored spending all day there. The last place I went to on it was The Big Easy restaurant
for supper. Absolutely LOVE it in there. Really cool vibe and smashing ribs. Great combination.
Where else do you like to go in the area?
On a summer’s day the outside area of the White Horse pub in Parsons Green is pretty difficult to beat!
When not in Chelsea, where is your favourite place to holiday?
South Africa. My family is all originally from there so I try get back out a few times a year. We have a place there, and so I am more used to warm Christmases than the standard English cold ones.
Is being filming for MIC as glamorous as it seems?
Definitely! When we’re surrounded by glamorous food, glamorous drink, and glamorous company it’s a great feeling, and a lot of fun!
Stevie Johnson will be appreaing on Made in Chelsea, Series 4 on E4 at 10pm from Monday October 15.