“I love EastEnders and if they called tomorrow and said, “Come back,” I wouldn’t be able to turn it down,” she told us.
This might be a tricky storyline considering her character Chantelle Atkins was killed off – but it wouldn’t be the first time someone came back from the dead on the BBC One soap
The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star joined Albert Square back in March 2019. She entered with two children, Mia and Mackenzie, and her husband, Gray. The foursome seemed like the perfect family, but Chantelle was being mentally and physically abused behind closed doors.
Jessica’s character was eventually murdered by her Gray in a tragic twist of events after a deeply emotional abuse storyline.
“I do think it was the right time to leave,” she admitted. “I love doing things and then moving onto something else. But I’m happy I left in the way I did and the storyline I did. Being involved in that was huge.”
EastEnders writers worked with Women’s Aid and Refuge while pulling the scripts together in the hopes that it would give people in similar situations the courage to speak out.
Despite bowing out of the soap in September last year, Jessica reveals she’s still close to her former cast mates.
“I’m still in touch with the crew and Zack Morris, Stevie Basaula and Diane Parish call me occasionally,” she explained. “And Roger Griffiths will send me random presents in the post. He’s such a dad!”
“My dream is to look at more TV and film roles, saying yes to things and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone like I did with I’m A Celeb.” The star was the sixth contestant to be eliminated from the castle along with Russell Watson.
But no matter what she does, her priority will always be her daughter Noa. “When I was at EastEnders it was perfect because it was the closest thing to a nine-to-five you can get. I want my future work to still allow me to focus on Noa as much as I can,” she told us.
With no desire to rush into anything, Jessica tells us she’s currently “enjoying the time [she has] at home with Noa” and is just “concentrating” on making it through the pandemic.