Click here to read the main part of the interview, in which Phina discusses her character Gabby's accident-induced arrival.
Below, however, are a selection of other quotes from my time with her, featuring chatter about Footballers' Wives: The Movie, accents and Zöe Lucker's recent casting in EastEnders.
Where's your accent from?
"I was born in Liverpool and I trained and worked in California for a while - I call it Scouse-American. In Footballers' Wives, I pushed it to be more transatlantic so it was a bit more obnoxious model! I wanted it to be like the girls who go to America for three weeks and you go, 'Where did you get that voice from?' She was meant to be English but I pushed her into the middle of the Atlantic!"
Are you going to emphasise the Scouse in Hollyoaks?
"No, it's more posh Northern - the Scouse will come out if I have a fight or whatever I'm sure, but I'm just making her general Northern. Very nice, very well spoken."
Did you always want to do soap acting or does it not matter as long as it's acting?
"To be honest, continuing drama or soaps as they once were called is brilliant. It's very in your face. Look at Dynasty, look at our Joan [Collins] - those glamour dolls. You get to be glamorous, you get to be funny and in your face, you get to be glitzy. The challenge is because there's so much of it. It's the biggest challenge on the market. Actors can be a bit pooh-pooh about soaps. In LA, nobody wants to do the soaps but they've always intrigued me. I came from the world of modelling so I love a shoulder pad, I love a bit of gloss, I love a shoe, a bit of D&G! The soaps allow you to push reality and be glamorous and be glitzy. They combine all the areas I've worked in. It's a nice place for me to be. I'm a hybrid, darling! You wait and see."
What can you tell us about the Sharpe children?
"The actors that are playing them are both brilliant, the kids themselves are really energetic. I think the relationship's going to be stronger with the boy. That's what it feels like. Because there's tension in the household I think the kids have unwittingly taken sides. The boy is my surrogate male in the house to lean on."
How do they interact with one another?
"The kids are solid as a rock. Perhaps that's what happens when the parents aren't great, the kids muscle together. That's what's happened with these two I think. It's early days. We spent most of the time establishing the relationship between the accident and what it did with me and Tony. All of [the other] stuff is what we'll be getting ready to start filming."
What's Phil like as a character?
"He's an alpha male. A bit of a snob, he's beautiful and strong and a Mediterranean man. It's like male-dominated culture - he comes from that ilk - a bit 'women as cattle'. A kind of 'do as I say' personality."
How do they end up in the village, then?
"I can't say! Don't even ask me how we get there!"
Can you tease it for us?
"Kris Green, you're brilliant at your job but I can't say! It's more than me life's worth, lad! No comment, darling!"
Do you miss Footballers' Wives? Would you liked there to have been a movie?
"If there was talk of a movie it went past me. You're always shocked when you're in something popular and it suddenly ceases to be. I remember, right after it was axed, I went over to the States and they tried an American version, but because they tried to do American football it didn't work and it meant the mixture of the women was different. It might have been part of the deal of selling it to the States that they axed the British one, I'm not sure. I was not best pleased. At the time I really wished it had gone on longer but I am an artist and I know these things come and go. You squeeze all the juice out of it you can and you enjoy it. You put your money in the bank, you buy a nice, tall pair of shoes and you clip out and enjoy yourself and work hard - that's me."
What do you think of Zöe Lucker being cast in EastEnders?
"I haven't seen her but I'm so delighted. I told her many, many times that as a result of her kicking ass for four seasons before I got there I had a job. She was a consistent part of that show for its entire journey. I'm looking forward to seeing her on screen. I'm sure she will have created something noteworthy - she's a very good actress and a very nice girl."
Fresh faces can really lift a show...
"That's what people do, isn't it? The audience hope that the arrival of new people brings fresh energy and I hope - being one of the new people arriving - that that's what's perceived. The difficult thing about succeeding in a part is you get offered the same part endlessly, it's not that you can't do anything else - [Zöe] had to wait until there was something she could do differently. I'm delighted for her. She's a lovely girl and works hard."
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