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Sinead O'Connor in Hollyoaks

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The O'Connor clan make their debut in Hollyoaks next Wednesday as Paul Marquess's rejuvenation of the Channel 4 soap continues.

I recently spoke to Over The Rainbow star Stephanie Davis to hear all about her role in the family as schoolgirl Sinead. Click here to read the main part of the chat.

Alternatively, read on for bonus bits from the interview, including Steph's thoughts on Hollyoaks' new direction and more!

Does Sinead get on well with her brother Finn?
"Well, obviously it's a brother and sister relationship so she is sometimes quite moody with him! But she loves him loads, and you'll see in one of the first scenes that Amber Sharpe is being a bit nasty to him, so Sinead goes over to have it out with her! But then they end up really good friends. After that, when Sinead's at home, she's nice to him - but when she's with her friends, she's a bit horrible to him!"

Where is Sinead's biological mum?
"She left Sinead when she was three, and when Finn was a newborn baby. Whether she'll ever come back, I don't know - we'll have to wait and see!"

Who have you been sharing most of your screen time with?
"It's mostly been with the rest of the O'Connors, but I've been doing a bit with the Sharpes and a few of the other characters - I'm not allowed to say too much about that, though!"

Are there any potential love interests for Sinead?
"At the moment, no - but there will be! I'm sure there will be! You'll have to wait and see!"

Do you mind playing a character who's younger than you?
"No, because I get to play the schoolgirl and then after my first year, I'll get to play the Hollyoaks babe. So I'm getting the best of both worlds. I don't mind it at all, I'm actually liking all of the school scenes - Sinead gets to do the school thing and the family thing. I'm loving every minute of it and the storylines are fantastic."

Would you like to do any singing on the show?
"I don't know - maybe I should keep that separate! I'm not too sure really, because I don't think Sinead is the type of character who would want to get up and sing - I think that would be her worst nightmare! But in real life, hopefully in the next few years, I'll have some music out."

Who have you bonded with in the cast?
"Everyone really! Particularly the new guy Emmett, who's playing the new bad boy Brendan - he's really cool. And there's some of the old regulars like Ashley Taylor Dawson, Alice Barlow, Carley Stenson and Jorgie Porter - I'm friends with all of them. Everyone's lovely. We're all like one big group."

Is it a relief to have so many new cast members joining at the same time?
"Yes, we're all in the same boat, so obviously it's different to when just one person comes in - there's more security around you this way. But I'm really settled now - I feel like I've been here forever. I'm taking it all in and appreciating everything that's happened. To have come from Over The Rainbow straight into Hollyoaks, I just feel so lucky. Unemployment is something like 90% in this industry, so I appreciate everything."

You've always been a big fan of Hollyoaks - so is this a dream role for you?
"Yeah it is, it's always been one of my favourite TV shows! Back when I was doing my GCSEs, I'd always be watching Hollyoaks, but from my point of view I was concentrating on the continuity, the camera angles and the acting. My mum would say, 'It's okay for them - but you've got to get your studies behind you!' But I was never interested - I'd always be tapping my foot underneath the table or watching Hollyoaks, and now I can't believe I'm in it! I honestly can't describe how ecstatic I am, and it's not really hit me yet."

You've been filming for a few weeks now - so have you learned more about your character as you've gone along?
"Yeah, I have learned a lot more about Sinead and she's changed quite a lot. She actually changes her moods quite a bit, she's a funny little thing! I think she's going to bring a lot of good fun and mischief to Hollyoaks, and we'll just have to wait and see what happens! I'm excited myself to see what else will happen, so I can't wait!"

Sinead injects Diane with her IVF treatment
And what do you think of the decision to bring in a Liverpudlian family?
"It's brilliant, because we're the first Scouse family in 15 years - which is fantastic, that's really good. I also think our family has got some really good storylines and I'm working with Alex Fletcher, who I absolutely love to bits. As I've said, we've got some really deep scenes and I think it's similar to what people are going through in real life - I think it will really touch people. I've definitely become more aware of the issues that we've had to cover, because you don't realise that this goes on and how hard these things are."

As a fan of the show, what do you make of its new direction?
"Well, we've got Paul Marquess, the new producer, and he's fantastic. I think everyone's going to see a massive change in this next year. By next year's Soap Awards, Hollyoaks is going to be up and coming and there'll be so much going on. Everyone here is saying that it's going to be fantastic, especially with the storylines - I'm telling you, it's going to be brilliant."

> Click here to read our recent interview with Stephanie's screen stepmum Alex Fletcher

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