Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A List; News and Gossip from the World of Showbiz, Edited by Alistair Foster with Jennifer Ruby and Emma Powell

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A List; News and Gossip from the World of Showbiz, Edited by Alistair Foster with Jennifer Ruby and Emma Powell

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Avatars? Phone apps freak me out, says star of virtual reality drama THE star of Channel 4 and Netflix's new sci-fi series about a virtual reality world admits she is less than tech-savvy in real life.

Simona Brown, 24, from Peckham, plays Tess, a hedonistic party girl with mental health issues, in Kiss Me First, from Skins creator Bryan Elsley. Set in the near future, the drama mixes live action and the computer graphics of an online world called Azana.

Brown said she has never been into social media, and that her Facebook page was created by her sister "because she couldn't believe I wasn't on there". She added: "I'm just not really into that world When you're into it, it's like your thumb has its own brain and you automatically open these apps when you look at your phone. I stay away from it and try to read books and get out and look around me. I would rather connect physically."

However, Brown admits she was once addicted to a certain life simulation video game. "When I used to play games as an adolescent I used to love The Sims," she said.

"I would skip meals and would only get up to go to the toilet, for a few days in a row. I loved story-telling, and it was sort of like having a play you could narrate and could go whichever way I wanted -- that was my escapism."

PAYNE'S A PATIENT POSER LIAM PAYNE poses for a selfie with a fan at Tegel Airport, Berlin. Penelope Cruz was out and about in her home city of Madrid.

Keep up with showbiz gossip at standard.co.uk/alist Avengers cast settle into their infinite promotional tour THE cast of Avengers: Infinity War made the latest stop on their promotional tour in Seoul, South Korea. British actor Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man, answered questions at a press conference alongside his co-stars Pom Klementieff, who stars as Mantis, Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, and Dr Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch. The film, the latest in the Marvel franchise, opens on April 26.

Schilling: We need more women-led shows like Orange Is The New Black Natasha Sporn TAYLOR SCHILLING has said she is surprised there aren't more "knock-offs" of Orange Is The New Black as she called for more female-driven drama on television. …

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