Scarlett Moffatt’s documentary Tourette was the hardest thing she’s ever done

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Scarlett drew inspiration from the likes of Louis Theroux for her documentary debut (Image: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Scarlett Moffatt says making the documentary about her Tourette is “one of the hardest things” she’s ever done.

The former reality star said she had a newfound respect for documentary maker Louis Theroux after shooting her film because it was so challenging.

In the TV presenter’s debut documentary – which will air on Channel 4 – Scarlett will travel the country in Britain’s Tourette’s Mystery to uncover possible causes of the disease.

Scarlett, 31 – who first rose to popularity on Channel 4’s Gogglebox before winning ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’! in 2016 – developed sudden onset tics as a teenager.

She said: “I remember being a young teenager and standing in front of the mirror for hours just staring in the mirror trying to straighten my face and trying to stop the tics.

“It was just really scary. As a teenager, it’s scary anyway because your body is changing and you have all these hormones, but when you feel like you’re not in control of them, I just remember feeling like, ‘God, does that ever happen stop? Will I ever be in control again?”

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She said many months of work went into creating the document (Image: Stuart Wallace/REX/Shutterstock)

She added that she suddenly became aware of a lot of articles about young girls getting sudden tics, and her algorithm on TikTok was “tons of young girls with tics,” which made her wonder why “no one is talking about it” because it it sounds like it’s “a bit like a pandemic in and of itself”.

“The big thing about having tics was that I felt alone, I didn’t know any other young girls with it, so I just thought, at least if other parents and families and people can see that and realize they’re not alone, then that can only be good,” she said.

Scarlett, who admitted she watches episodes of Louis repeatedly, said the legendary documentary maker gave her some tips on becoming a “good investigative journalist” after they met at a Halloween party.

She described him as “really nice” and complimented her, saying she was “very warm with people” and “being genuine.”

“He said no matter what, just be true to yourself. Then when you’re interviewing people who come across because people can sense fake, just be yourself.”

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Scarlett wants to keep making documentaries on important issues (Image: Rex)

As for why documentaries matter to people, Scarlett adds that they show what life is like “outside this bubble” and stresses that terrible things are happening and changes need to happen.”

However, making her own TV special, even though it’s only an hour long, took “months and months” of filming as she felt she had to “work constantly” to find answers to her questions.

“But I realized that it’s not actually about digging, it’s about making sure the viewer understands everything and can get their opinion across. So that was definitely difficult.”

Scarlett also watched many of Stacey Dooley’s documentaries in preparation for her own, saying that while she “tried to be myself,” she also wanted to “learn from them and take their parts.”

The Geordie girl wants to keep making documentaries, especially about the LGBTQ+ community – because while things are getting better, “it’s not all well and good”.

She also wants to explore the stigma associated with being lonely in the wake of the pandemic.

The UK show Tourette’s Mystery will air on July 19.

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