Tonight's (January 18) episode sees Dom left delighted as Debbie (Charley Webb) invites him to spend the night at her place, completely oblivious to the fact that there is an ulterior motive behind her seduction.
Digital Spy recently caught up with Wil Johnson, who plays Dom, to hear his thoughts on the storyline and how he's settling in at Emmerdale.
How are you finding your time on Emmerdale so far?
"So far, I am absolutely loving my time on the show. Everyone - from the cast, to the crew, to production - has made me feel very, very welcome and part of the furniture. That's exactly what you want when you join a show, because it means you can hit the ground running as soon as you get onto set and start doing your work. You don't feel like the new guy - you feel like someone who's actually been there for a while.
"Emmerdale have created such a harmonious working atmosphere that when you come in, you're totally relaxed and not nervous. That means that it just seems normal and you get on with it."
Who have you made friends with in particular?
"I've made friends with a few people. I've bonded very well with Jeff Hordley who plays Cain Dingle, Natalie J Robb who plays Moira Barton, Fiona Wade who plays Priya, and also Laura Norton who plays Kerry. They're the ones that I've seen the most on set, and we've just clicked.
"I haven't met the whole cast yet, funnily enough. I've met most people, but such is the nature of the filming schedule, that you might not see a certain person for about two months if their storyline doesn't coincide with yours. But it's wonderful and there are really great people here."
We know a little bit about Dom already, but how do you describe him to people?
"First and foremost, he's a single father. He's a Londoner who moved up north for love with his daughter's mother, who is now his ex-wife. Dom has lived up north for a long time now - for the last 15 or 16 years. He does occasionally still go down to London, but his roots are up north now.
"I think Dom is very alpha male, but he does have a soft side and a very caring side - obviously he's a devoted father. Once Gemma's mother left, he picked up the reins and became mother and father to her.
"At the same time, Dom comes from a world - especially growing up in the East End - which was dominated by alpha males, so that is his default position. He's a guy not to be messed around with. He won't take any stick from anybody, and he can hold his own when he needs to. But he chooses not to, and he would rather be the reasonable guy or the charming guy to the ladies."
What else have you learned about him since joining?
"Well, we've seen since he's come in that there have been two women already - so he wastes no time and he likes the ladies! But he's a lovely all round nice guy. He's a very fair man - he's not unreasonable and he's not an ignorant person. Dom tries to see things from both sides of the fence, which is a good trait.
"But he does have a blind spot, which is his daughter in terms of her duplicity. A lot of that is because he's a single father and he's overcompensating. He's overprotective, too. But I think Gemma's duplicitous behaviour is her flexing her individuality and being rebellious so that she's heard."
It's clear that the courier firm Dom is working for is involved in some dodgy activities. How does he feel about that?
"Dom is a practical man. As far as he's concerned, he's got to put food on the table and provide a roof over the head of himself and his daughter. He's aware of what's going on at the courier firm, but he's not involved in that side of things directly. As far as he's concerned, as long as it doesn't affect him, it's nothing to do with him. He rationalises it in that way, and he doesn't have an opinion on it as long as it doesn't affect his job or his work.
"Once Dom is confronted by it, he does have to form an opinion. But he's well aware that he chooses to turn a blind eye because he knows that he needs that job and to bring money in."
What are Dom's feelings for Debbie at the moment? Is he just looking for fun, or something more serious?
"Dom genuinely likes Debbie. He thinks she's a very attractive woman, so he's drawn to her on a physical level. He also likes the fact that she's gutsy, ambitious and has a brain in her head. That appeals to the intellect in Dom's character.
"Dom sees Debbie as someone he'd like to get to know a lot better, and he'd like to form a serious relationship with her. That's the perspective that Dom is coming from. That's his angle and he doesn't have anything else in mind. Obviously there's something else going on, but he's not aware of that!"
So how would Dom feel if he knew Debbie was just using him for whatever she can get?
"You'll have to watch and see! The story's not over yet, and there's a lot more to come! It's quite an in-depth story. I think the audience will be pleasantly surprised with the end result, and how it ties itself up. I was happy when I read the script and saw the outcome - I thought it was a good outcome."
Will Dom and Cain continue to clash, or could they become friends?
"When you have two alpha males in the building, it's going to go one of two ways. Either they're going to become sworn enemies or best friends, there's no middle ground. You can't keep up that level of conflict forever, because as a dramatic device it would become boring - it has to go somewhere. Either there's the ultimate clash and they fight, or they become good friends.
"It will be very interesting to see where it goes, and I'm curious to see that myself. We never quite know what the storylines are going to be and what they have cooking up for us.
"From our perspective as actors, it'd be very interesting if they told us that the characters could become good friends down the line. Or they could become sworn, mortal enemies and remain like that! Either road could be very interesting.
"But I think that even if they went down the road of being best friends, at some point a grenade would have to be thrown into the arena. That's the nature of these shows, they keep going in terms of drama and conflict. It's conflict that fuels soaps - the disintegration of relationships and then the rebuilding of them. I'll be curious over the next six or seven months to see where that relationship goes."
Has your on-screen daughter Tendai Rinomhota (Gemma) approached you for any advice on set?
"It's been an absolute joy working with Tendai, because this is her first major television role and she has embraced this job so well. She hasn't come to me for advice per se, because I don't think she really needs to just yet! I think she's doing absolutely fine at the moment and I'm very proud of the work she's producing.
"It's really lovely when you have a young actress that you bond with straight away. That's a key thing, because there are certain relationships you can't act - there has to be a bond as real people to make it work on screen. We haven't done that many scenes together so far, but those we have done have gone very well. I hope there's more interesting stuff for us down the line, and I'm sure there will be."
You've worked with some great people in your other roles. Who have been your favourites?
"There's too many to mention, but the person who has inspired me the most has been Trevor Eve, who I worked with on Waking The Dead. He taught me so much about screen acting. It was him who really taught me the true value of being on screen, and all it brings to the table.
"Trevor is a brilliant guy, a great actor and a source of inspiration for me as a young actor coming into a major show like Waking The Dead and working with great people like Trevor, Sue Johnston and some of the amazing guest artists we had along the way. After learning from Trevor, I've been able to take that knowledge and experience onto other jobs. It's served me so well, and will continue to do so.
"The great thing about this business is that you never stop learning. On Emmerdale, it helps that it's a well-written part and the show has great storylines, so that's half your job done before you hit the set. As an actor, when you get great writing, all you have to do is honour that and don't bump into the furniture! As long as you don't bump into the furniture, you'll be absolutely fine!"
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