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'Hollyoaks' Jazmine Franks talks new Esther Bloom plot - interview

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Jazmine Franks as Esther Bloom in Hollyoaks

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Hollyoaks student Esther Bloom enjoys a lucrative opportunity next week as she becomes an intern at fashion magazine Company.

Esther travels down to London for the placement alongside sixth-former George Smith (Steven Roberts), feeling excited and nervous about the challenges ahead.

While George embarks on an office romance with fellow intern Ryan, Esther nearly ends her career by ruining a fashion piece.

Digital Spy recently chatted to Jazmine Franks, who plays Esther, to hear about the storyline and her character's future.

What was it like to film these special Company magazine episodes?
"It was so much fun. Obviously we went down to London to film them, so that was really good. It was tiring too, because we had to fit so much in, but we really enjoyed it and it was a laugh. I was running around Carnaby Street in my heels in the rain at one point!

"Filming the episodes, I got on really well with Steven, who plays George. And it was a nice change for us to be in a completely different set and a completely different environment."

How does Esther feel about taking the trip to London?
"I'd say she's pretty nervous. For Esther, this is massive and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her. This isn't ever going to come round again, so she is nervous but also a little bit excited. She's probably over the moon that she's got George to go down there with, so she's not doing it by herself."

Does Esther make a good first impression at the magazine?
"Esther never finds it easy to fit in, whatever she does! She turns up on her first day at the magazine, but she's chosen completely the wrong clothes. Even though they all work for a fashion magazine, the staff are wearing clothes which are quite casual and practical.

"But Esther turns up in high heels and a skirt - she's wearing jewellery too, and she has her hair and make-up done. She sticks out like a sore thumb!"

Esther in the Hollyoaks Company magazine episodes

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Do Esther and George have any rivalry as they settle in at the magazine?
"The two characters are both very sure of themselves, but I wouldn't say there's any rivalry. There's a little bit of jealousy when Esther gets to go to a fashion shoot, and then again when George gets to go off and do a style shoot. So there's a bit of jealousy, but I think they also make a great team."

Esther also makes a terrible mistake, doesn't she?
"She does! She couldn't just go and do everything properly and come out with a gold star, could she? She had to mess something up! So she takes a one-off piece which is needed for a style shoot the next day, she wears it and then she rips it…"

Does she tell the truth about what happened?
"Yeah, she does have to confess to what she's done. I don't think she's a very good liar, so I think even if she tried to make up a story, she'd get caught out! She confesses everything and it doesn't go very well…"

Is George angry with her?
"He doesn't shout or anything, but he's not impressed by what's happened. He's just thinking, 'Oh, Esther, not again! You've messed something up again!'"

Does Esther play any part in George's romance storyline with Ryan?
"Oh, she meddles - of course she does. She gets involved, sticks her oar in and tells them what she thinks they should do. She tries to give advice, but it usually backfires!"

Esther in the Hollyoaks Company magazine episodes

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Are you interested in fashion in real life?
"No, I'm completely different to Esther. Don't get me wrong, I love shopping and I love clothes, but I'll just stick on a pair of trackies and a jumper. I'm not bothered at all - I wish I was. Maybe I'll start becoming interested in fashion!"

What's coming up next for Esther?
"Well, Esther has finished school so she'll be going to the Hollyoaks sixth form. I don't really know what we can expect from Esther, but hopefully there'll be a storyline there for her.

"I hope she goes on being the way she is. I love how Esther is written for by the writers - she is sure of herself and she's not bothered that she stands out. She doesn't want to fit in with the sixth-formers."

Esther seems to be one of the few characters who isn't under Maddie's spell…
"I love that Esther's the only one who sees Maddie for who she is. At the same time though, Maddie can be a total cow to her, but Esther will still try to see the best in her. You'll see that in the Abersoch episodes that are coming up later this month."

As Esther is part of the Abersoch episodes, does that mean she's becoming one of the gang?
"Esther goes to Abersoch mainly because she's got this friendship with George now - they've become quite close. She does like being with the sixth-formers when she's there, but she wouldn't be bothered if she wasn't!"

Esther's romance with Tilly went wrong, so would you like to see another love interest for her?
"I would absolutely love for Esther to have a love interest. One that doesn't last for just a week this time! I'd really like that. It'd be a challenge for me, and I think it'd make the audience warm to her more as well."

Hollyoaks 3265: Tilly and Esther

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How are you finding your time at Hollyoaks in general? Has the show changed things for you?
"I absolutely love being here. It hasn't really changed things that much for me, apart from the fact that I now live in Liverpool. But I still have my friends at home, and I still go home and see them a lot.

"The main change is that I'm now at work when I'd been at university in Leeds beforehand. I was lying in bed until midday most days - now I have to get up at 6.30am to be in work for 7.30am!"

How did you get the part?
"I'd been auditioning for roles since I was young. The audition for Hollyoaks came up, but afterwards I didn't hear anything for a couple of weeks. Then I got a recall for the part, so I came up and then I didn't hear anything for another five weeks.

"That was quite a long time, so I just brushed it under the carpet and thought that I hadn't got the part. I got my head down at university, got back into my work and then I just got the phone call saying, 'We need you to come for hair and make-up fittings in three days' time!'"

Esther seems to be one of the teens that the audience really likes, so you must be pleased with the reaction to her.
"I really like the reactions the audience have to Esther. I think she is so real and she is like a normal teenager. She's average - she's not a cow, she's not overly nice, she's just normal and I think that's why people can relate to her a lot more."

Is there a dream storyline you'd love to play?
"I'd be grateful for anything! I'd love Esther to have a love interest, to do well in fashion at college and I'd love for there to be more family stuff with the Osbornes, because I absolutely love working with Helen and Jimmy."

> 'Hollyoaks', 'Company' magazine team up for Esther, George plot
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