The soap star says she wants people at home to see the real her rather than her on-screen character Fiz
JENNIE McAlpine thinks her Coronation Street co-stars will be shocked to see her on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
The actress admitted the hardest part of heading to the jungle wasn't the prospect of the Bushtucker Trials but leaving her son Albert who will turn three while she's away.
She said: “I am a bit of a home bird and I don’t really strike them as needing a challenge in life.
“They will be shocked as I am happy with my lot and everything is fine but I am looking forward to this challenge.
"It’s going to be nice to meet people who I wouldn’t have met if I didn’t do a show like this.”
The actress is known for her role as Fiz in the ITV soap but hopes she can show a different side to her in the jungle.
Jennie said: “In the past I’ve been Jennie for about five minutes at a time when I’ve done a TV interview or something similar.
“Now I am going to be Jennie for 24 hours a day over three weeks. I am not like Fiz. I don’t nag as much as Fiz nags Tyrone!”
Jennie also said she'll be the cook of the campsite and is viewing her time away as a "detox".
She added: "Practical wise, I’d prefer it in my home where you have an oven and cook book and I just don’t know what it will be like cooking around a camp fire.
“But I do love cooking and I am not opposed to eating rice every day. I am looking at life in the camp as a bit like going on a retreat for a detox.”
Meanwhile, Jennie also revealed her late father's death inspired her to go into the jungle.
The actress, 33, told how the passing of her dad Tom played a “big part” in her reason for joining the series – after he kept advising her to “give it a go.”
Mental health campaigner Tom, who was awarded an OBE from the Queen in 2012, died on March 2 – with Jennie telling her followers that she will always love him in a tribute post.
Ahead of her time in the jungle she said: “I lost my Dad earlier this year and that was a big thing.
“But I knew he would have told me to do it. He always told me to do stuff and he always encouraged me.
“He kept saying ‘Give it a go to find out if you are good enough or not.’ And so that was a big part of it.”
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