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More from 'Hollyoaks' star Emmett Scanlan

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Brendan Brady, played by Emmett Scanlan

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I had high hopes for an interesting chat last week when I gave Emmett Scanlan a call to learn more about Ste and Brendan's dark new Hollyoaks storyline.

Although fans have already heard lots about the plot, there still seemed to be quite a few unanswered questions due to the enigmatic nature of Brendan's character and ambiguity over exactly what he's up to.

Fortunately, Emmett gave some very in-depth and intriguing answers - and it'll be reassuring for fans to know that a lot of thought seems to be going into this storyline from everyone involved.

If you haven't read the main chat yet, then click here to do so. Alternatively, read on for some bonus bits from the interview…

Have you had to do much research for the domestic violence aspect of the storyline?
"Well, I guess in some ways, we've all been subject to some form of abuse - whether that's domesticated or otherwise, whether it was at school as a child, or you might have friends who have experienced it. The thing about it is that every case is different and every story is different. The principles are the same, but it's always different. With this, the writers give you your homework, so to speak - you explore it and you research it, because you want to give it the best truthfulness that you can. Obviously it's your work that's going out on screen, and your credibility goes with that. So you definitely need to do your homework."

Brendan and Ste
What's Kieron like to work with?
"Kieron is fantastic and he's a joy to work with. When we first started the story, he was a little bit more nervous than I was, because he was coming at it from two different angles - coming out as a gay man himself, but also playing a character who was coming to terms with the same thing. There was added pressure for him and he had the harder role, put it that way. He, like myself, likes to play with the scenes - he likes to find different things that we can do. Often you're liking the scene on paper, but you need to bring it to life a bit and add a little bit of yourself to it. We toy around with things all the time - we try to push things and see how much we can get away with, because it is a 6.30pm show, so we think about how much we can imply and insinuate. What Kieron is able to portray more than anything is Ste's vulnerability - and vulnerability itself can be quite an attractive, sexy trait for someone to have. Kieron raises his game and he kills it every time."

What kind of impact do you want the story to have?
"I've always wanted the storyline to be subtle. I didn't want it to be thrown into this violent, sociopathic gay relationship straight away as that would lose its credibility - and credit to the writers and Paul Marquess because it has been very subtle and it's built over the weeks. I also want the story to evoke emotion - not just in the cast around me, but in the crew, the writers, the producers and the people who are investing half an hour of their lives into watching Hollyoaks each night. Whether those emotions are hatred, disgust or love or anything - I just want it to evoke something. I want it to touch on things, and I hope people are affected by it. But things like this are completely outside of the actors' control - we just have to give some truth to the storyline and try to make it as interesting as possible. We can't leave people short-changed. You never know, Brendan might become the most hated guy in England soon - that'd be a nice thing to have on the resumé!"

Are you looking forward to working with Darren Day more?
"Oh yeah, Darren's a cool dude. When he filmed his first episode, he came down and he was very humble and really wanted to do a good job - and he did. The guy's performances are very subtle and understated and I think he's going to make a great Danny Houston and a great addition to the cast. He's going to make a great gangster and a great partner for me - partners in crime, or maybe we'll go toe-to-toe. He'll be starting with us again very soon and I'm looking forward to starring with him and seeing what happens. We might go a few rounds together and we'll see who comes out on top! It'll be fascinating to watch."

Brendan and Ste
Finally, why should we be watching Hollyoaks at the moment?
"Because Hollyoaks touches on issues that are affecting us all. It's a show that is daring - it tries to be different and it tries to step out of the box of normal TV. It takes risks and should be admired for it. Any one episode can give you dark, serious stuff that's going to evoke emotion, whether negative or positive. On the flip side of that, you'll also get the comedy of Lee Hunter or Darren Osborne. Hollyoaks never stops keeping with the trends of society and asking questions, and they're there to help people who've been in similar situations. In life we have to be taken outside of our comfort zones, so get outside your comfort zone and tune in at 6.30pm."

> Click here to read our recent interview with Kieron Richardson

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