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'Hollyoaks' Danny Mac talks love triangle, Dodger future - interview

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Hollyoaks' love triangle storyline featuring Dodger, Jodie and Texas continues next week as the trio end up working on a dance project together.

Dance student Jodie (Montana Manning) needs volunteers to help with her university course, so she enlists the assistance of Dodger and Texas (Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove) - which may not be the best idea given the complicated feelings between the three.

Dodger is hoping that things will hot up in the dance studio, but who does he have his eye on the most?

Digital Spy recently caught up with Danny Mac, who plays Dodger, to hear about the storyline and where he wants his cheeky character to go next.

What's your take on Dodger's love triangle with Jodie and Texas?
"All three characters are so different, and yet they're so similar at the same time when it comes to their morals, as none of them want to be tied down. It's a 'friends with benefits' type thing and it just seems to work out.

"None of them can really complain about one of the others getting with someone else, as they all want that freedom. At the moment, they're all testing the water, and Texas and Jodie are starting to experiment with each other too."

3243: Jodie and Dodger
Does Dodger have a preference between the two girls?
"Well, Jodie is quite a liberated character, and she's not bothered at all about sexuality. Dodger is only interested in girls, but he quite likes the thought that Jodie likes both men and women. With Texas, Dodger is massively attracted to her and they've got a long history together.

"In terms of who he's most attracted to, it literally depends on the day! I think it will continue to develop, and hopefully there'll be some kind of outcome eventually. But hopefully that won't happen too soon, because I think Dodger needs to carry on being a lone ranger for a while."

Dodger will soon agree to help Jodie with her dance project, won't he?
"Yes, Dodger is a cheeky guy and he's eager to please, so he gets asked to do this and he agrees. You'll see that both Texas and Dodger agree to help Jodie, so all three of them are in a situation where they've got to work together - and that develops their relationships.

"Dodger manages to pick up the dancing quite well, but I don't think Texas finds it so easy. Later on, they find an alternative and think they should drop Texas out, so they bring Theresa into it. That leads to some jealousy as there's suddenly another girl involved."

You're no stranger to dancing as you have a West End background. Was it nice to show off your skills on Hollyoaks too?
"In a way it was, but we didn't want to make Dodger too much of a great dancer! Dancing on a stage is very different to how Dodger would know how to dance. We had to make sure the dances were to a certain technical standard, but we also had to keep it in character. Dodger is a bit cocky and he thinks that he's got it all, so he thinks he can do it. But he doesn't have any professional training or practice."

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Do you think Dodger would ever be capable of settling down with one woman?
"Like anyone, Dodger is a human being and as he meets people and forms relationships, he would be capable of doing that. I think when Dodger first came into Hollyoaks, people possibly thought that he was a bit of a two-dimensional character, but it's nice that we've been able to develop things since then.

"This is also going to be played with a lot more in the future. I think already we've touched on the fact that there's more to Dodger than just sleeping around and being cocky. I've spoken to the producer and the directors, and we want to bring out different sides of him a lot more.

"There's an inevitability that Dodger could settle down eventually, but at the moment there aren't necessarily any firm plans for it. It's in him somewhere, but I don't know where or how or why!"

How have you found your first year at Hollyoaks in general?
"It's been mad and mega-fast, but it's been a great learning experience as I've come here after doing theatre and this is my first continuous TV gig. I've got stuck in and I definitely feel like part of the family and part of the show now.

"Early on, you have to do your time and hope that people get to like your character. That seems to have worked out so far, so now I'm hoping we can push Dodger and the Savage family into bigger stories and a strong future on the show."

Would you like to explore the Savage family more as a family unit?
"I love the family, and I love it when we work together. I think there's really good chemistry there between all of us. It feels quite real - there's not much drama between the Savages, which reminds me of what I grew up in. They're loyal to each other and very straight with their morals, but because of that, there is room to maybe start putting a bit more strain on them - as soaps obviously need good drama.

"Bringing them together a bit more first would be ideal. From speaking to the producer, that is the intention, so hopefully we're going to discover more about them as a family."

3119: Warren, Dodger and Brendan
Would you be interested in more 'bad boy' scenes after Dodger's story with Brendan last year?
"That was great, because obviously Dodger has come in as a bit of a dodgy dealer, so he kind of wants to be amongst all that. I'm quite lucky that Dodger has got to know a lot of different characters quite early on. Emmett Scanlan is a great guy and I'd love to have scenes with him again. I think there's definitely room for Dodger to play with the big boys on the show."

Have you made good friends among the cast during your first year?
"We're all really close. Even cast members like Jimmy McKenna and Nick Pickard, who've been in Hollyoaks for years, say that the energy among the cast and crew at the moment is possibly the best that it's ever been.

"When you walk into the green room, there's always a laugh, but everyone's here to work hard at the same time. I think that comes across on the show as well, as the energy on screen is fantastic at the minute. I can't really name anyone who I wouldn't get on with."

Danny Mac, Dodger Savage, Hollyoaks
You've done both stage and screen work now. Has acting always been a big ambition for you?
"Definitely. I was quite a quiet kid, and I always had the urge to pursue acting, but I never really had the bottle. Also, being a lad from where I grew up, you just didn't really do it. But I went to drama school and was lucky enough to be able to train in all areas, so that left my options wide open.

"Before getting into drama school, I had no idea how to get from sitting in the audience to standing on the stage. But I looked into it, and that's when I found out about training and drama schools. I was really lucky, as I finished drama school and went straight into a show. It was the same with the part of Dodger, too - I was finishing Wicked in the West End on a Saturday and started Hollyoaks on the Tuesday."

Do you ever miss the stage?
"I really do. I went to New York at the weekend and saw some shows, and there's nothing like performing live. As I've now done a musical and a TV show, I'd love to do a play at some point - whether it's while I'm in Hollyoaks or in the future. If I managed to do that, it would be three boxes ticked for me. But I'd hate to have to choose one and give up on another for good. At the moment, I'm loving every minute at Hollyoaks."

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