Hollyoaks newcomer Jason Roscoe has a tough time ahead next week as a family crisis leads to a shock health scare.
When no-nonsense Roscoe matriarch Sandy (Gillian Taylforth) kicks out her rebellious son Robbie (Charlie Wernham), Jason misses his twin brother and gets upset over the situation.
Distracted by concern for his sibling, diabetic Jason neglects his own wellbeing and soon finds himself in danger…
Digital Spy recently chatted to actor Alfie Browne-Sykes, who plays Jason, to hear about the dramatic storyline and his time at Hollyoaks so far.
How are you settling in at Hollyoaks?
"I'm settling in really well. Everyone on the show is so nice and helpful, so they make you feel really welcome and that means you're never afraid to ask any questions. It's all going well so far."
How did you get the role?
"I used to work for a drainage firm and on my first audition, I walked in there wearing drainage clothes. I did the scenes, but to be honest, I didn't feel like I'd done them all that well. I walked out, walked back in later and then did the scene again with Rick, the casting director. He said that the one I did afterwards was my best take.
"After that, I had a call-back and multiple auditions, including some up in Liverpool. All of my auditions were with Fabrizio who's playing Ziggy, and we both felt like we were going to get these parts from the beginning. We worked together really well and it grew from there.
"Having said that, it was a bit nerve-wracking waiting to find out if we were going to get the call or not, especially after so long learning the scripts. But in the end, we finally managed to get the parts just before Christmas."
Have you had much previous acting experience?
"I've done little things before this, such as The Bill, Waking the Dead and Doctors, and I've also recently shot a short film in Ireland called Beat Girl, which has just come out. So I have done a little bit in the past, but this is my first major, full-time commitment."
Have you always wanted to be an actor?
"I was never really interested in acting until I started doing it in high school. There were drama classes and for some reason, I just seemed to take to it really well. I found that I could impersonate people, take on different voices and act in any way I was asked to. It just seemed to develop naturally from there.
"I went on to set up a meeting with Creative Arts Management, who are now my agents. They took me on from there and I got a few parts. My love for acting developed from there - I just always enjoyed it."
What can we expect from Jason Roscoe?
"Jason is slightly on the outside, because he's the opposite to his brothers. He doesn't really have the same tough exterior as the others, and you'll see that he's nice, generous and kind-hearted. At the same time, he does have an inner strength with the way that he deals with his brothers.
"Jason is smart and intelligent, so he does have a place in the family because he deals with the accounts side of their motor maintenance business. He also boxes, so although he might come across as a pushover, he isn't."
Do the other Roscoes walk all over Jason, or do they all look out for him?
"Joe, Ziggy and Freddie give him a bit of a hard time, but that's just the way they all treat each other - they have a bit of banter and they take the mickey, but I think that's to be expected with brothers.
"Out of all the brothers, Robbie is the one who walks all over Jason. You'll see that Jason looks after Robbie - not in a physical sense, but he helps to make sure that the other Roscoes don't find out various things that Robbie gets up to…"
Does Jason ever try to get Robbie on the straight and narrow?
"Of course he does - he always tries to have little chats with Robbie and get through to him, but it just never seems to work!"
How does Jason feel when he finds out that Robbie was behind the Price Slice robbery?
"Jason's always known that Robbie is a bit of a wrong'un and does bad stuff, but he really can't believe how far Robbie went this time. But even though Jason hates what Robbie has done, he still sticks up for him and protects him.
"Sandy wants to kick Robbie out, but Jason does everything he can to prevent it from happening. Deep down he knows it's for the best, but he tries his hardest to keep Robbie there. Out of all the brothers, Jason shows the most affection towards Robbie, even though Robbie isn't very affectionate in return!"
How does Jason's upcoming health scare come about?
"Jason is a diabetic, and because of what's happened with Robbie, he stops paying attention to the things that he should be - such as how much he's eaten and how much insulin he's taken. Basically, he runs off and he doesn't eat.
"Jason ends up at the family garage and finds Doctor Browning's Mini Cooper there. He leaves a snack that he bought and his insulin on the side, but unfortunately he then gets trapped inside the car and can't get out. He can't take his insulin, so it's a race against time - he'll either die inside or someone will find him."
How did you feel about getting such dramatic scenes straight away?
"I was really happy with that. I would much prefer to do something extreme than bland!"
What is Gillian Taylforth like to work with?
"It's an absolute privilege to be working with her. From just watching Gillian act, you can learn so much. She's also such a nice lady, both on and off camera. I've been taking tips from her because she's an incredible actress as well as being a lovely person."
Who else will Jason be interacting with?
"Well, at the moment he's pretty infatuated with Holly! He's doing everything he can to get a date with her, but it's just not working due to his lack of confidence. Because we've done a lot of scenes together now, myself and Wallis are working together really well and getting along.
"I was also working with Kieron (Ste) and PJ (Doug) the other day and I was getting along with them really well, too."
Is it true that the Roscoe boys are all living together in real life?
"Me, Fabrizio and big Charlie (Freddie) all live together, but Ayden (Joe) and little Charlie (Robbie) live together separately. We do all get along together so well, though. From our first audition together, we all just seemed to glue together really well, and nobody's got a bad word to say about each other!"
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Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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