Gemma Merna's 'tight' Hollyoaks outfits
Gemma Merna says she is forced to stay in shape because her 'Hollyoaks' alter-ego Carmel McQueen wears the "tightest outfits ever"
Gemma Merna says her "tight" 'Hollyoaks' outfits force her to stay in shape.
The 29-year-old actress says her alter-ego Carmel McQueen's love of skin-tight dresses ensures she doesn't miss gym appointments and maintains a healthy diet.
She said: "My go-to diet is the LBD Plan. It's perfect if you have an event you want to be in shape for - or in my case, playing Carmel, who wears the tightest outfits ever!"
Gemma's diet usually consists of healthy protein and vegetables, but she can't resist the odd Indian curry as a treat.
She explained: "[I have] a balanced lunch and dinner. I'll have chicken with vegetables and brown rice, so you get all your meat, vegetables and carbohydrates.
"I'll have a takeaway night when I want to treat myself to an Indian and a chocolate bar once or twice a week."
The blonde beauty also credits working out early in the morning with helping her prepare for a long day of filming.
Gemma told Now magazine: "I do wake up and think, 'Oh, I don't want to go!' But working out in the morning gives me so much energy throughout the day, so it's worth it."