‘Skins’ Stars Say Despite Kissing Tony, Tea Still A Lesbian

Sofia Black-D'Elia and James Newman talk about characters' attraction.

On Monday night’s episode of “Skins,” Tea made it abundantly clear that she’s a lesbian. Even though she kissed a certain male friend in her clique, the make-out session only proved to her what she already knew.

Sofia Black-D’Elia , who plays Tea, and James Newman, who plays Tony (the center of Tea’s affections for a hot minute), told MTV News the kiss wasn’t a case of the show backing out on the lesbian plotline.

“They’re kind of brought together by this attraction, and I don’t think it’s necessarily a sexual attraction,” Newman explained. “I think it’s a situation where you have these two people who are very bored, with no one in their lives that really gets them, and on that level, it’s like a perfect attraction.

“But on another level, it’s a disaster because Tea’s a lesbian. It’s not a situation where it’s like she’s a lesbian and then she finds a guy and is like, ‘I’m not a lesbian anymore.’ She really is a lesbian, and so for her it doesn’t work, and for Tony, that in and of itself tortures him.”

The kiss not only teaches the characters a lot about themselves, but also shows viewers the multiple sides each of these characters possess.

“Tony is the manipulator; he’s the ringleader. By episode two, his vulnerabilities start to show, which is really interesting to think because it’s the other side of Tony that was missing for me,” Black-D’Elia explained. “Why should you care about this guy? He’s an ass. I think as soon as episode two is over, you kind of have this very strong love for him. He’s got more of a heart going on than he’d like to put out.”

Don’t miss “Skins,” airing Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.