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Emily Atack turned 30 at the end of 2019, she stormed to success after The Inbetweeners and went on to take part in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and not to mention bagging her own one woman tour.
However, for some naysayers, the actress says "it's still not enough" because she's single, and doesn't have a ring on her finger.
But Emily isn't too concerned, as she exclusively tells OK! it's the longest time she's been by herself and yet she is thriving, after landing her own comedy sketch show on ITV2 and becoming an ambassador for The Laughing Cow cheese.
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Talking about her career achievements by the time she reached the big milestone, Emily said she was pleased she'd been able to reach all of her wonderful goals…
"But it’s still not enough for people is it?!" she added with laugh.
"You do all that but then people are like, "You haven’t got a ring on your finger have you?" And you go "for godssakes"! But I am focusing on my work, my show is coming out in autumn, I’m just putting all my energy into that."
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Emily said that being happily single and dating has helped her focus on herself: "I’ve never been single before I’ve always been in relationships.
"This is the longest period of my life of my life that I have been single and it was scary at first. I thought "wow I’ve never been single for this long before" and it’s working for me right now.
"I just haven’t met anyone yet that I want to go home early for, from the party… And also with work, I genuinely just need to, and it’s such a cheesy thing to say, but focus on me and my career.
"I think that someone that comes along that fits into that later down the line, great. But hey that doesn’t mean I don’t have my fun! I am human, I’ve got to eat!"
And having fun now we're out of lockdown? "Oh definitely try and stop me!"
The Emily Atack Show will air on ITV2 in autumn, and the star of her own show explained that filming will be starting on Monday (20 July) and will take her up to September.
Despite being in lockdown since March, Emily hasn't let her time in isolation go to waste, and has been busy coming up with ideas, which have clearly paid off.
"I have really discovered a passion and love for writing. I’m so happy that people are allowing me to do it, I’m just going to keep writing and creating things."
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She added: "I think it’s going to be exciting. I’m very aware how lucky I am to do what I do for a living, I will be forever grateful that I am going back to work.
"There is not a day that I don’t wake up that I am not grateful and the fact that my first job back is going to be my own show!"
And facing endless hours alone inside her cosy home in north London, Emily rediscovered a passion for cooking which in turn led to her waistline shrinking "by accident".
"I think you’re sort of eating cleaner when you’re cooking at home as well. As much as I love cooking, in normal life I say I eat out a lot. It's always convenient, you finish a day at the studio and you go out for dinner. Even if I'm having a big salad, I’m having fries with my salad, bread and olives, just to begin with," Emily explained.
"But at home I was having just the salad and not the fries and we all know with restaurant food it’s way naughtier. I think I’ve just been eating much cleaner because I’ve been cooking from fresh. And the weight fell off."
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Food has always played a big role in Emily's life, from her family WhatsApp group discussing their daily lockdown meals, to turning to her favourite foods, like cheese, as well as funny viral videos to inject a bit of positivity and laughter into her day.
"I’ve always been someone who has been taught to laugh in the face of adversity 100 per cent, and I think we will look back on this crazy time and obviously a time that was so so difficult for so many reasons for so many people.
"I do think there will be an element of what got us through. You know whether it be hilarious viral videos or graphics online. I just think it’s a really positive thing that we’ve all turned to laughter.
The Laughing Cow research even revealed that during lockdown enjoying our favourite foods (23 per cent) ranked higher than both exercise (19 per cent) and even sex (13 per cent).
Emily added: "Food has always been such a massive part of my life I'm definitely not someone who deprives myself of anything. I love cooking I think it’s really therapeutic whether it’s for other people or just for yourself."
Emily is working with The Laughing Cow to show how you can add portions of positivity to your day. For more reminders of why it’s better to laugh visit www.facebook.com/groups/thelaughterhub/
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