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'Emmerdale' star Chelsea Halfpenny on Amy's baby arrival: Interview

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Emmerdale's troubled teen Amy Wyatt is about to face a terrifying experience when she goes into labour early.

Amy had always planned to give birth away from the village, but when her waters break unexpectedly, she panics and heads to the local cemetery so that she can have her baby in secret.

Scared and all alone, Amy's ordeal continues when her little boy arrives and he doesn't seem to be breathing. She tries to wrap him up and get him somewhere warm, but fearing that she has killed the newborn, Amy abandons him in a telephone box before rushing off.

When Amy confides in David, he is a huge source of support to her and later informs her that the baby is still alive after Hazel found him in the telephone box. How will Val and Pollard react and will Amy keep her baby?

Here, Chelsea Halfpenny - who plays Amy - chats to Digital Spy about the storyline.

What was it like to film Amy's labour scenes?
"The whole pregnancy storyline has been amazing and I've really enjoyed it. For Amy going into labour, a lot of it was night shoots which was exciting as we were out of normal hours. We filmed for about four nights altogether - at first we did the labour scenes and then we filmed what happened afterwards, with scenes in the ambulance and things like that."

How did you prepare for such big scenes?
"It was daunting at first because obviously I've never given birth, so my main concern was that I wanted it to look realistic. So I did a bit of research so I'd know what Amy would be going through. The research was more for the medical side of things rather than the situation itself, as obviously it's very rare that anyone would be giving birth by themselves in a graveyard! They also had a midwife on set for the scenes to make sure it was as realistic as possible."

How was the weather for the night shoots?
"It wasn't too bad - it was actually quite calm! It was October when we filmed it, but we were quite lucky because it wasn't raining and there wasn't much wind or anything. But it was cold!"

Amy is terrified in labour with nobody around to help
What goes through Amy's mind when she goes into labour?
"When Amy goes into labour, she's feeling a lot of fear. She hasn't planned for this as she didn't expect it to be so early, so she's really scared. In Amy's mind, the baby was going to arrive on the due date, so she'd be able to go away somewhere, have the baby and then give it away - so she's totally unprepared when she realises the baby is coming now.

"She's never felt this kind of pain before, but due to the predicament that she's in, she can't really tell anybody about it so she's all on her own. Her waters break while she's at the café, so she heads over to the cemetery as that's the closest place where she knows nobody will be."

Doesn't Amy consider asking anyone for help?
"Somebody does drive past at one point and Amy is desperate to get help, but she's so weak that they don't hear her. Amy is in too much pain to actually stand up. She also tries to ring the midwife, but she doesn't answer - so Amy is totally alone and out of her depth. She's terrified."

Thinking the baby is not alive, Amy abandons it in a phone box and flees
Why does Amy end up abandoning her baby?
"Amy's main aim is to get the baby somewhere warm, because she fears she might have killed him because it's so cold. He doesn't seem to be breathing. She goes to take the baby to the B&B, but then she sees Hazel and Bob come out of the shop, so she gets a fright and jumps behind the telephone box. After that, she takes a look at the baby one last time and thinks he's dead, so she places him in the telephone box and walks away."

Why does Amy choose David to confide in?
"I think Amy knows that David has always been quite supportive of her. He's kind of like a brother to her. I think in a situation like this, siblings are usually the people who you go to, because you know they're not going to tell. Amy and David have always been close. Also, she's never wanted Val and Pollard to find out - even though in the long-run, they've got to somehow. Amy just feels safer with David."

Amy visits David and tells him what has happened, he looks after her
How does Amy feel when David tells her that Hazel has found her baby and he's still alive?
"She's still panicking, but the fact that he is alive is a massive relief to her. It's a big weight off her shoulders, because she never intended to harm the child at all - she's always wanted to give her baby to someone who would look after him properly."

Despite all the fears she has, Amy actually gets a lot of support from Val and Pollard. How does she feel about their reaction?
"I think she's completely surprised! She didn't want them to know at all, so she can't believe it when they act the way they do. That then starts to influence how Amy feels about the baby afterwards too."

Val and Eric are ashamed when Amy reveals she thought they would kick her out
Do Val and Pollard agree with Amy's plans to have the baby put up for adoption?
"Pollard just wants whatever Amy wants. He knows that Amy is a young child and that it can be difficult when you have kids so young. It's not always a bad thing, but I think Pollard is being quite rational. Val is being a bit more selfish - she just wants to keep this baby because she'll get the chance to give him what she didn't give to her own kids. So Val is a lot more maternal when it comes to Kyle and wants Amy to keep him, while I think Pollard is happy with whatever Amy wants to do."

Do you think Amy has the potential to be a good mum?
"At the moment, I'm not sure. I think Amy might be too childish and I'm not sure she's stable enough to look after somebody else. She's had such a dysfunctional family life herself. At the moment she has quite a solid life, but when she's older and she's not being fostered by Val and Pollard, what would happen then? You have to think of all those aspects too. We'll have to wait and see what happens."

It was recently revealed that Amy will be one of the suspects in the Cain attack storyline. Do you think Amy is capable of doing something like that?
"I think she could be, because she's had such an unstable life and Cain has hurt her a lot - he's totally messed up her life. He hasn't stood up to the plate and he hasn't looked after his child like he should. He should be behaving like an adult, because it's taken two of them to make this baby. Cain has threatened her and called her all the names under the sun, so I think there's a lot of motive for Amy to do this."

Cain warns Amy to stay away from Belle
What is Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain, like in real life?
"He's so cool in real life. He's really easy-going and a nice guy. He loves music, he's really chilled out - and he's nothing like Cain at all!"

After your first year at Emmerdale, how are you enjoying the show in general?
"It's been amazing - for someone of my age, it's an amazing platform to suddenly be on TV six times a week. I've absolutely loved it and everyone's been really welcoming - the cast and crew. It's a perfect job!

"The other great thing has been being able to learn from the show. I always thought that the only way was to go to a drama school and learn, but being out here, I've learned so much about TV. You learn so much more being here and learning from actors who have done so much."

Amy is relieved when Eric and Val explain that adopting her is not the best way
Have you become quite close to Chris Chittell and Charlie Hardwick, who play Pollard and Val?
"Yeah, they are just like my second mam and dad. It's a proper family unit. The people who are your on-screen family on the show become a bit like a comfort blanket. If I'm going to do scenes in the B&B or at the barn, it really feels like I'm going home."

Your aunt is Jill Halfpenny, so has she been a good source of advice and support?
"Yeah, because she's so experienced and had such a great career, I've always looked up to her. She's always been there with anything that I've asked - she's always at the end of the phone. It's really nice to have someone who knows so much. It makes me feel like I'm not by myself and there's always somebody to talk to."

What would be a dream storyline for you to play as Amy?
"It's hard to say, as I think I've been quite lucky and I've been able to do a lot! I've been able to play quite a happy-go-lucky character at first, and then I've had this storyline, which has probably been one of the hardest things that I've done. I'd love to do some sort of stunt - that would be exciting. It'd be great to be involved in a fire or jumping off a cliff or something! (Laughs) Something really gritty would be great."

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