Strong, opinionated and bubbly, fashion designer Gemma has been at the centre of some of the show's most explosive storylines, and she declares: "I am the ultimate Queen Bee!"
In fact, it seems like Gemma knows exactly what it takes to be an Essex diva.
"Being an Essex diva means you have to have hair extensions or clip ins," she begins. "You've definitely got to love lip gloss, and you definitely have to tan three times a week."
Gemma made a return during TOWIE's Christmas special last year after taking a short break to enter the Australian jungle for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, which she quit after three days.
Gemma says of her break from filming: "I have been finding myself, having fun and getting back to the old GC."
When we last saw Gemma on screen, she fell out with Ferne McCann and it looked like their friendship was over for good, but have they kissed and made up?
"I don't have any rivals, I am the GC," she says.
And if she could take three cast members to a desert island, who would they be? "I'd take Chloe, Jess and believe it or not Ferne because I think she'd be quite entertaining."
So what can we expect from Gemma in this new series? "I would definitely have another relationship on the show because I want my fans to follow my life and be happy seeing what I am doing."
The new series of TOWIE returns on Sunday 22 February at 10pm on ITVBe.
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