Monday, 7 November 2011

Steph chats to Digital Spy

Everyone in on the soap scoop knows that Digital Spy .com is THE place to go to catch up , and they always provide the lengthiest and juiciest interviews. Here you can read the full length version of Stephanie's interview in which the questions focus on her storylines in Hollyoaks and her relationships with other characters, on and off screen.

Hollyoaks' feisty sixth former Sinead O'Connor announces that she's leaving the village next week after she and boyfriend Gaz are presented with a big job opportunity.

When Sinead and Gaz land an exciting chance to head off on a European tour where they'll be selling gig merchandise, they quickly make plans to leave for a fresh start - believing that they don't have anything keeping them in the area.

However, Sinead's big news comes at a cost to lovesick Bart McQueen as he still has feelings for her but is too stubborn to admit them. With Jason's help, will he declare his love to Sinead before it's too late?

Here, Stephanie Davis - who plays Sinead - chats to Digital Spy about the latest storyline twists ahead for her character.

How strong would you say Sinead's feelings for Gaz are at the moment?
"To be honest, I don't think they're very strong. If anything, I think Sinead feels sorry for him because he's had a hard life. It's a bit like he's the consolation prize for Sinead - she's gone with him to prove a point to Bart, but also because she wants to be happy and she wants to be loved. Because Bart's not fighting for her at the moment, she just thinks 'Why not?' when it comes to Gaz."

Is Gaz's bad boy nature part of the appeal for Sinead too?
"Yeah, I think she is a bit of a fan of bad boys! She really likes the risk of being with someone like that - she enjoys it when she doesn't know what's going to happen next."

Where does that leave things between Bart and Sinead?
"Well, I think you can tell that Sinead actually isn't that happy with Gaz. It seems like Gaz just wants one thing a lot of the time. The main reason Sinead is with Gaz is that she wants Bart to wake up - he can have her if he wants her, but he's just got to fight for her. But she's starting to give up, so that's why she's trying to make things work with Gaz."

What's going on between Gaz and Maddie at the moment?
"Gaz continues to try it on with Maddie. Maddie has told Sinead about this, but she just thinks that Maddie is trying to meddle - as they have this Mean Girls-type relationship where they're both trying to be the most popular and well-liked. Gaz is also playing some mind tricks with Sinead, but he's secretly planning to finish with her because he likes Maddie more."

What happens next?
"Gaz is just about to finish with Sinead, but at that moment, he sees her chatting to a guy who's a tour promoter. They both get offered a job selling gig merchandise on a tour that's going all over Europe. 

"When Gaz realises that Sinead has got him this job and really does care for him, he changes his mind and wants to stay with her. So Sinead makes the decision to go away on tour with Gaz and leave Hollyoaks. She feels like she has nothing keeping her in the village, so she might as well try to make a life somewhere else."

Does Sinead tell Diane about her plans?
"She doesn't! Sinead feels like she's caused her mum enough hassle, and she knows that Diane wouldn't take the news very well. So she doesn't tell her - she's planning on just getting up and going."

Do you think there's anything genuine about Sinead and Maddie's friendship?
"I think at the moment it's a case of 'keep your enemy close'. They're friends with each other, but Sinead's a good judge of character and she can see what Maddie's about - even if nobody else can see it. Sinead's quite wary of Maddie, but in this storyline, she's had enough of her by this point and is suspicious of what Maddie's telling her about Gaz."

Jason is the one who's trying to play matchmaker between Bart and Sinead, isn't he?
"Yeah he is, and I think that's really nice. The three of them have been through so much together. Jason realises that nothing will ever happen between him and Bart, as Jason wants to be a boy and that's the end of it. So Jason tells Bart that life's too short and he should go after Sinead before it's too late. 

"Sinead is in London with Gaz for a concert and will go on the European dates immediately afterwards. So it's a case of whether Bart will fight for Sinead and whether he'll win her back - or if she'll go away with Gaz and leave Hollyoaks."

Do you think Sinead and Bart are made for each other?
"I think they are, yeah. Even though they have their ups and downs, they know each other so well and they both come from similar broken families. No matter who comes along, I really think that Sinead and Bart are the ones who are meant to be together."

Have you enjoyed showing Sinead in a new surrounding recently as she's now at the sixth form?
"Yeah, I have! It's been a big transition for Sinead and she definitely didn't get off to a good start. But I think that there's a chance she could start to settle down. I think you're going to see a different side to Sinead with some of the stuff that's coming up…"

Are the sixth form gang all close friends in real life?
"Yeah! Some of the lads are living together at the moment - Jonny Clarke, Tosin Cole and Dylan Llewellyn. I'm really good friends with Jonny in real life, so I'll often go round there with the other girls and we'll all have a big meal together. We're like a family - Hollyoaks to me is like my second family. We all hang out together and we're really close."

Are there any more family scenes coming up for Sinead, Diane and Finn?
"I hope so! I think we're getting some stuff written for us at the moment. I really love all the family scenes at the house. Finn is funny and Alex Fletcher, who plays Diane, is like my mum in real life - or like a big sister! I'm always phoning Alex for a chat. Whenever I do a scene with Alex, it's really easy because we're so close in real life. I hope there's more of that stuff to come."

Would you like to see Finn get some stories of his own when Connor, who plays him, is a bit older?
"I'd like to see that - I think Connor can do a lot. At the moment, he's still quite young and he's got school, so it's just finding that balance between school and filming. I'd like to think he could have some good storylines coming up, because he's a talented kid. He's like my little brother in real life. Maybe he could become a proper bad boy and be the next Gaz!"

Are you sad about Victoria Atkin's departure from Hollyoaks?
"I'm gutted - she's my best friend. Me, Jonny and Vic call ourselves The Three Musketeers because we're so close. I stay in Vic's most nights and we hang out together, so we know each other inside out. When I found out Victoria was going, I literally cried every day until she left! She's staying in Liverpool for a little while, so she hasn't got rid of me that easily - we'll still keep in contact!"

Victoria did a great job with her big storyline, didn't she?
"She's an incredible actress - ridiculously good. On set, I've never met someone so professional. Everything's genuine with her - when she cried, she never used a tear stick and it was always her own tears. Out of anyone, I can definitely say with Victoria that she's going to go on to better things. I think she wants to do some TV dramas now and I think she'll be great at it - she's going to do really well."

What else is coming up for Sinead?
"I think recently we've lost a bit of Sinead's feisty side because the storylines have been quite serious, and they've been bringing the new characters in and letting the audience get used to them. Now, with the recent scripts that I've been filming, Sinead's been bringing back her cheeky comments and I'm really liking that. 

"On TV, there's a few more weeks of Sinead being down but then she's going to bring back her witty side. She's got a lot in store. She's got lots of exciting storylines coming up which are going to take her on a rollercoaster - it'll be up and down!"

Who would you like Sinead to have more scenes with?
"Well, I've done some stuff with the McQueens recently and I've still got quite a bit coming up with them. I'd probably say Brendan, but I think I will actually start working with him soon. I've already had a couple of scenes with Emmett and I'd like to start working with him more. I've got a lot of stuff with the Osbornes coming up as well. 

"I love working with Quinny who plays Gilly as well, but I actually can't work with him because we laugh so much! We did a scene that'll be coming out soon and it was a serious one, but I just couldn't keep a straight face. In the end, we laughed so much that we couldn't look at each other, so you'll see on TV that we're both looking away from each other!"

Is it exciting to be involved in Hollyoaks in general at the moment?
"Definitely. Before I was in Hollyoaks, it was my favourite soap. We have a lot of teenage viewers but older people watch it as well, and I think it's good for older people to watch too. I think, especially recently, the other soaps need to watch out for Hollyoaks because we're on a roll. Scan who plays Brendan is roping in all those awards, and I've been nominated for the NTAs, which I'm made up over as I really didn't expect to be nominated for that. There's going to be so much more to come from Hollyoaks this year."

What has your new producer Emma Smithwick been like to work with so far?
"I honestly think that she's the best thing that's happened to the show. She's so fresh. She's like a friend as well - she'll have a coffee with you in the canteen and chat to you, and you can ask questions very openly about your character. I think she's got some really exciting things coming up for the show. I can't wait - I think this is the most exciting time for Hollyoaks."

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