Home And Away star Emily Symons has confessed she finds it hard to play her alter ego Marilyn Chambers without wearing high heels. The 43-year-old, who has played Summer Bay's loveable blonde waitress on-and-off for 22 years, revealed she has become dependent on the shoes to play the role - even when filming on the beach. "Sometimes the directors say, 'Take your shoes off - you know health and safety, we're along this rock path and you have to take your shoes off'," Emily said. "And I say 'I can't do it without my shoes on.' I have to wear them! "It changes the way you walk, and it changes the way you stand and for me that's very much her character - she wears her high heels everywhere - including on the sand," the actress added. "There's always a director who says, 'Nobody wears high heels on the beach!' And I say, 'She does wear high heels at the beach, she always has.' So I never back down on that one. "I can walk on sand - easy. You've got to just walk on your tippy toes, you can't put the heels in." Emily - whose character Marilyn is about to get involved with the Braxton boys' criminal dad Danny - also revealed that she also uses the waitress distinct look to help get into character. "For me, having the two hour make-up call - you go to work and you're freshly scrubbed and you're you and then they put the hair up and they put the eyelashes on, you've got the high heels and the lipstick and you're in work mode then and off you go. It helps."
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