Emma Mackey seems to hint on the fact that she might not feature anymore in the hit teen Netflix series Sex Education in a new interview with Hunger magazine. The 25-year old actor rose to prominence as outspoken and troubled teenager Maeve Wiley in the comedy-drama.
Speaking to Hunger magazine, she explained: “Sex Education is so momentous as a concept, as a show, and the cast are phenomenal. I genuinely care about them all a lot and I made lifelong friends. But the bittersweet nature of it is that I also can’t be 17 my whole life.”
Mackey earned her first BAFTA Television Award nomination for Best Female Comedy Performance for her iconic character, Maeve. For her character’s experience of unwanted pregnancy, the actor also made a place in the middle of cultural conversations. Talking about the impact of her role, Mackey said it’s a gift to play that kind of character. “It’s a gift to play that kind of character,” she says. “I think there’s something very powerful about her and I’m only sort of realising now, with a little bit of a distance, how much of an impact she has had on people.”
While fans don’t know whether this upcoming season will be the last, Emma is already looking to the future and possibly venturing towards a career in film-making.
She said: ‘I’m very attracted and seduced by the idea of writing a film and conceiving something, being there at the conception of a story, working at it, seeing it through and then choosing a team.’
Emma’s exit from the drama would be cutting short the long-teased romance between Otis and Maeve which – and spoiler alert for those who haven’t finished season three just yet – finally went ahead in the latest season, only for it to be put on hold as Maeve accepted her placement on a US transfer programme for three months.
Before Sex Education, Mackey was seen in the television shows such as Badger Lane and Summit Fever. She has also worked in the 2020 thriller The Winter Lake.
The actress after her breakout role in Sex Education, also landed a film as she stars alongside a stellar cast of Gal Gadot, Kenneth Branagh, Letitia Wright, Rose Leslie, Annette Bening among others in Death on the Nile.
The other project that will see Emma in a lead role includes the Emily Brontë biopic. The film is slated for a 2022 release and also stars Fionn Whitehead, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Alexandra Dowling among others.
Discussing the feminist value of taking on period drama roles, Emma insisted: ‘We don’t learn enough about women in history.
‘And 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.’
Sex Education has received critical and commercial acclaim due to its honest portrayal of sex, friendships, and relationships with Gillian Anderson, who stars as sex therapist Dr Jean Milburn admitting that she’s attempted to save her own blushes by banning her kids from watching the show.
The new season of Sex Education is already up for streaming on Netflix. However, fans have already started posing questions whether we’ll have season 4. Asa Butterfield, who plays Otis, opened up about a fourth season, telling Cosmopolitan: “We don’t know [whether there will be more.] It’s out of our hands at this point. I wish I could tell you more, I genuinely don’t know… A spin-off would be good but it has to be well-thought-out and really unique and not just for the sake of doing a spin-off. I’d love to do a fourth season, because we have so much fun on this show.
“At the same time we’ve been doing it for three years now, and I’d be happy saying goodbye to these characters… We’ll have to see.”