Now goes to watch Ferne McCann's debut

There’s a common misconception that reality stars tend to lack talent.

Ferne McCann doesn’t just dismiss this during her theatre debut in Gatsby at London’s Union Theatre, but she sings and dances all over it with as much confidence as the trained professionals that make up the rest of the ensemble.

Playing the part of tragic figure Myrtle Wilson, her role may not be the biggest, but it’s certainly rememberable. And also integral, for anyone familiar with the story centered on mysterious millionaire, Jack Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel.

Ferne McCann stars in Union Theatre's Gatsby

Image via Roy Tan

Talking to Now before opening night, she tells us: ‘This honestly is the scariest thing I’ve ever done. I’m completely opening myself to a whole new chapter and it is a risk, but you have to take risks in life.’ But as she takes to the stage with her first song, Seize The Day, her surprising powerful vocal with a rather unexpected raspy blues tone suggest nothing other than this was a risk worth taking.

Ferne McCann stars in Union Theatre's Gatsby

Image via Roy Tan

Now’s verdict? Seize The Day is exactly what Ferne needs to continue doing! Yes there’s room for slight improvement, but the TOWIE star turned This Morning presenter isn’t just following her dreams, she’s also flying the flag for reality stars up and down the country. There really is much more to them than staged drama, love spats and selfies.

Gatsby at The Union Theatre runs until April 30, tickets are available at: https://www.list.co.uk/event/526643-gatsby/