05/03/2012 14:05 GMT

EastEnders: Rita Simons 'Freaks Out' When Kissing Scott Maslen

EastEnders star Rita Simons has confessed that she hates kissing her co-star Scott Maslen.

The married mother-of-two - who plays maneater Roxy Mitchell in the soap - told the Sunday Mirror she and Scott, who plays Roxy's on-off love interest Jack Branning, are close friends off-screen, which makes romantic scenes uncomfortable.

Rita said: "Scott's like my big brother and I absolutely freak out every time I have to kiss him.

"The director says, 'Action!' and we kiss, and then when he says, 'Cut!' we both hit and punch each other and he pushes me off him and I push him off me. We're like a pair of three-year-olds."

Roxy had a one-night stand with Jack two-and-a-half years ago when he was dating her sister Ronnie, and they now have a daughter Amy.

The pair have recently been battling for custody, but the sexual tension between them spilled over, and they have shared another night of passion.

Rita said: "The first time we got together was when we conceived Amy and back then I didn't know Scott very well, so it wasn't so strange.

"When I read the script and realised we had to kiss I said, 'Oh my God - I can't believe we've got to kiss!'. Then Scott ran down from his dressing room and said exactly the same thing."

Roxy, who has now set her sights on Jack's brother Max, is also set to seduce Alfie Moon.

Rita said: "Sometimes it feels as though Roxy will go for anyone with a pulse. She's got very low self-esteem and likes anyone who pays her attention."