Wednesday, 22 June 2011
First of all, apologies for there not having been any posts in a while. Exams and general university shenanigans have been hectic. The blog will be developing this summer so please keep on reading and spread the word! If you have any suggestions for anything you would like to see on this site then please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stephanie's busy as ever but here are a few stand out pieces for you to have a catch up on...
Entertainment website Digital Spy recently caught up with Stephanie between her busy filming schedule to get the lowdown on her thoughts about the year at Hollyoaks and what it's been like working with the current cast. Here is the interview in full:
'Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis has now been working on the soap for a year, playing the role of feisty schoolgirl Sinead O'Connor. Last year, viewers saw Sinead endure a series of family dramas as her stepmum Diane's desperate desire for a baby caused mayhem for her loved ones. More recently, Sinead has been reunited with her real mother Morag, befriended bitchy schoolgirl Ruby Button and embarked on a relationship with rebellious Bart McQueen. Digital Spy recently had a quick chat with Stephanie on set at the Hollyoaks Music Show to hear what's coming up next for Sinead and the O'Connors.
After a year at Hollyoaks, has it been everything that you expected?
"It's been everything and more. It's just so good to come to work and do something that you love. Everyone's lovely here and it literally is like the Hollyoaks family. Even when I spoke to people from other shows at the Soap Awards, they commented on how we all seem like a family and really look out for each other. So I get to come to work to do what I love with people that I love - it's brilliant."
We've seen Sinead show more of a bitchy side in the past few weeks - what are your thoughts on this?
"I love it! I love playing the bitch and I want to do it more. I think Sinead did start out quite cocky and a bit of a bitch, and then as things went on with Diane and things like that, she did become a bit more laid-back. I think Sinead feels like she can't trust anyone, so she puts a barrier up and pushes them away a bit."
How will things progress for Sinead in the coming weeks?
"She will open up a bit more and make a few new friends. She's got some interesting stuff coming up. She goes nice for a little bit, but then the bitch starts coming back! She'll have a bit of a rivalry with someone…"
Is the storyline between Sinead, Ruby and Esther just schoolgirl bitchiness or could it become more of a serious bullying storyline?
"I think it could be more serious with Ruby, but not with Sinead. I don't think Sinead's really like that. I don't think Sinead is a bully, I think she's just the 'bad girl'. So I don't think we'll see Sinead as a severe bully, but we could see her getting into the wrong type of things and mixing with the wrong type of people - the bad characters of the show!"
Do you like the relationship between Sinead and Bart?
"Yeah, Jonny Clarke who plays Bart is one of my best friends in real life, we're really close. Everyone always asks if we're together in real life and I'm like, 'No!' because he's got a girlfriend!"
We do see Sinead away from the rest of the O'Connors quite a bit, so would you like to see more scenes with her and the family?
"Yeah, I would. I have had quite a lot of stuff with Diane and recently we've been filming together so much - it's been non-stop with full days. I think Diane is going to start speaking to other people, not just the kitchen sink! (Laughs) We'll have also scenes together over meal-times and things like that, but I am enjoying working with the other characters as well - Sinead's getting out there and doing different stuff."
Could we see Sinead's real mum return any time soon?
"I'm not sure at the moment - I don't think we'll see her return any time soon. Maybe we could see her return later on, but I think everything's cool at the moment. I enjoyed working with her as she was lovely - she was really laid-back and very different from me!"
Finally, are you enjoying working with Hollyoaks' new boss Gareth Philips?
"Yeah, he's really nice. He's really easy-going and if you have a problem, you can go up and speak to him. The other day, I had a meeting with him in his office and he said, 'This is what's going to happen - tell me what you think'. He's like a friend and he's very straight with you. I like that, it's really nice and it's never daunting going up to the producer's office. When he first started, obviously we all saw him as the boss but now it's just completely relaxed and I get on with him really well. I think he's done really good with the show as well." '
Now hopefully you've been keeping up with Hollyoaks lately and will be well informed about the hot young couple that is Sinead and Bart. This week the teens fooled their parents and guardians and took a group holiday to Abersoch in North Wales to catch some rays and have some fun.
Three new cast members have been thrown into the mix in the form of characters Tilly, Jono and Maddie. The holiday hardly sets off to a flying start as Ruby, Esther and Sinead arrive to find the party already started with Bart sleeping, post lash, next to his ex-girlfriend Maddie. Tensions run high as it is clear that Maddie is still not over Bart and the pair are enjoying each others company, much to Sinead's annoyance. Ruby soon becomes left out as Esther refuses to be under the thumb any longer, and Esther takes the dive and starts a holiday romance with Tilly. Bart's best mate Jono provides some banter with his dodgy chat and obsession with pulling the ladies.
Sinead is soon pushed to the edge by the chemistry and reminiscing between Maddie and Bart, and her senses become blurred under the influence of alcohol leading to a frightening event down on the beach.
Maddie and Jono are determined to start sixth form in the Hollyoaks village in September so perhaps this will not be the last we will be seeing of the new comers. This can only mean one thing: potentially more twists and turns in Bart's love life!
Tune in for the rest of the week to see how the holiday pans out every night 6:30pm on Channel 4. If you've missed out on this week, watch again online on 4OD or catch the Hollyoaks omnibus on the weekend.
Here is a trailer for the Abersoch storyline which is unfolding this week: