In a nutshell, how did series producer Gavin Blyth explain the plotline to you?
"Well, basically he said that Aaron's such a naughty lad and he needed an explanation. There are hundreds of thousands of teenage lads out there who are struggling with it as we speak - they're sexually confused. They're worried about walking into a room and seeing a girl and being emotionally and physically attracted to them but then on the other hand doing the same with a lad - walking into the room and being attracted to them. More than anything - aside from giving a reason for why Aaron's the way he is - it's giving the opportunity to see what teenagers are dealing with out there played by an actor and how hard it is for someone with a lot of pride and a strong character to blurt out, 'I think I'm gay'. Aaron keeps it in so much because he's so worried about what people think of him."
How will this story be different to other stories of the same ilk?
"I think it's different because it's so unexpected. If you could pick one person in the village in Emmerdale who's gay, the last person you think of will be Aaron. You wouldn't think he's gay and the point is he's not gay - he's not come out gay and all of a sudden he's in a relationship with a lad or something like that. He's still trying to hold it in. I don't think any of the other soaps has ever had this alone character eating himself up inside and trying to convince himself more than anyone that he's not gay and doing anything in his power to prove that he's not gay."
"They get chucked out of this bar because they're under age. This barman comes over and asks for ID and Aaron pulls out some fake ID not knowing that Adam's already drawn on a fake moustache. The barman takes the ID off them and kicks them out. Aaron's only had one drink so he's driving them home and Adam reveals to Aaron that he drew a 'tache on the ID. Aaron then goes to look for a CD and takes his eye off the road and when he catches his next glimpse of the road, he sees a car that's about to hit him and swerves out of the way. It all goes pear-shaped from there."
How does the near-kiss come about?
"Again, it's a spur-of-the-moment thing. Along with all the confusion and the anger Aaron's got up in him, what happens is they have a car crash. Basically to add to the confusion and anger, he sees his special bond with a new friend who's actually finally given him an opportunity to speak his opinion and be there for him. He's completely misjudged the situation and in a moment of emotion and crossed wires he's gone in for a kiss with Adam. I think all the confusion and the shock he's just suffered from having his first car crash on his new licence in Ryan's car, it's just unbelievable. We're not trying to play it with any funny looks to one another or give the audience any hint, it just happens in the confusion."
"It was very awkward - I don't know if you know but myself and Adam live together so it was very strange! But working with Adam's an absolute joy. He's so professional. He'll even be sat at home and be like, 'Shall we run the lines?' We said to each other maybe we should check the lines and go through them until we get it spot on - I really want this to work, it's a big opportunity for me and for you. I think only from the respect that we live together and we see each other every minute of the day it was a bit strange that I was going in for a kiss. On a couple of the rehearsals there was laughter because it was very strange. You'd never think yourself to be in the position that these two are in. Knowing myself and knowing Adam and his long-term girlfriend, he's the last person you'd expect in that position."
It's well known that Emmerdale has an older audience - how do you think fans of the soap will react to the storyline?
"That's a question I knew was going to come up and it's an answer I'm a little bit uncertain of in terms of the older generation not understanding the new generation, with respect. 79 or 80 year olds are not going to see how it is today and how people are struggling with various different problems. I think it will cause a bit of confusion amongst the audience but it's a question I can't tell you the answers completely, but the way that I've played it they can hopefully understand it from his point of view and that there are people out there who are in these kinds of situations. Maybe they can finally start to see things from Aaron's point of view and that he's just a normal human being."
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Additional reporting by Philippa Warr