Hollyoaks kicks off a romance storyline for Phoebe McQueen next week as she realises that she has feelings for Vincent Elegba.
Vincent, played by show newcomer John Omole, is one of the illegal immigrants who were set free by Phoebe and Jacqui in last week's episodes.
Phoebe is surprised when she sees that Vincent is hanging around in the village, but as she starts getting to know him, she quickly realises that she wants him to stick around.
Digital Spy recently caught up with Mandip Gill, who plays Phoebe, to hear all the gossip on her new storyline.
How do you feel about Phoebe getting a love interest?
"I'm quite excited! It's been a long time coming, and I know that a lot of viewers have wanted it to happen. It's going to be great working closely with another person.
"Also, after working a lot with Steven Roberts who plays George, I'm interested to see how Phoebe and George's friendship is going to be affected by Vincent coming into the show."
Do you think Phoebe and Vincent are going to be a good match?
"Well, they've got a lot of things in common and I think there's instant chemistry there. The only issue is that we don't really know much about Vincent, but from an initial point of view, they could work well together."
In next week's episodes, Phoebe spots Vincent outside College Coffee. Is she surprised to see that he's still in the area?
"Absolutely. I suppose Phoebe didn't expect to ever see him again - she had no idea where he was going to go. When Phoebe sees Vincent again, she's actually just had a mini-makeover because George is trying to take her to a party. She's really shocked that he's in the village."
Later in the week, Phoebe sees Vincent take control when Maxine collapses at Chez Chez. How does she feel then?
"Phoebe just really admires him. Vincent takes the lead straight away, and Phoebe is just smitten - this is the only guy that she's ever liked. It's great to see him just take control, as he helps Maxine, gets her into the recovery position and waits for the ambulance.
"As the ambulance and the police arrive at the club, Phoebe realises that Vincent could actually be arrested and deported. So then Phoebe is scared and she realises that she needs to get Vincent out of the village."
What happens next?
"Phoebe takes Vincent back to the McQueens' just to give him some money, so that he can get back on a train to Newcastle. What's interesting is that Phoebe knew she liked Vincent, but once she's in the comfort of the McQueens', she realises just how much she likes him.
"Phoebe also starts to wonder whether Vincent could stay and whether he really needs to run away. As she's handing him the money, she asks him to stay in the village, hoping that he'll agree."
Is Vincent slightly wary of Phoebe's help, or is he accepting of her straight away?
"I think the only thing Vincent is wary of is that he could get Phoebe into trouble. He knows that Phoebe is a nice person and wouldn't get him into any bother, but he's also reluctant to get her involved in this situation. Vincent knows how much of a big deal it is that he's here in the country illegally.
"They actually go on to form a really nice friendship, just as Phoebe did with George when she found him on the streets."
Does Phoebe confide in Vincent about her own time as a runaway?
"Yes, she does. She tells him about her time on the streets, and I think that might be a way to make him more comfortable with her. They've been through some similar experiences, so I think this is a big part of their connection. They can relate to each other."
How are you finding working with John, who's playing Vincent?
"It's brilliant - we get on really well and we have a laugh. We've got a lot of stuff coming up, too.
"I feel like Claire Cooper helped me to learn new things when I joined Hollyoaks and I'm now able to pass those things onto John. I've only been here for 18 months, but I've learned a great deal from working with Claire, Steven and Nicole Barber-Lane, who plays Myra."
As Vincent is in the country illegally, do you think Phoebe could be asking for trouble with this romance?
"Well, it is Hollyoaks so nothing is going to be straightforward!"
What was it like to say goodbye to Claire when she bowed out as Jacqui recently?
"I knew that I'd see Claire outside of the show, so in that respect it wasn't too bad. But at the same time, Claire has taught me so much and we've shared so many scenes together. In that respect, it was really emotional to do. A lot of the emotion in those scenes last week was real, because I was saying goodbye to a friend and a colleague.
"As for Phoebe, it's like her 'mum' has gone again and it's a really big deal. She really trusted Jacqui, but she fully appreciates and understands that she had to leave. Phoebe doesn't hate Jacqui for it and she knows that she'll be looked after at the McQueens'."
Do you think Phoebe will fit in well at the McQueen house?
"There have been times when Phoebe has felt like an outsider at the McQueens', but they've always made the effort to bring her back in again.
"You'll see that Myra starts to take Phoebe under her wing and looks after her, so there's a nice little friendship that's formed there. I think Phoebe will be fine and she'll fit in. She'll have her ups and downs, but it'll be nothing like before when she was threatening to leave. Hopefully those days are behind her and she feels comfortable now."
> For more gossip on Hollyoaks and Phoebe, read part two of our interview with Mandip
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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