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A chat with Mitzeee from 'Hollyoaks'

Mitzeee Minniver from Hollyoaks

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Glamour girl Mitzeee caused a stir from the very beginning when she turned up in Hollyoaks back in July, turning heads among the village's male population before quickly causing chaos for the Costello clan. Since her vengeful attempts to split up Heidi and Carl failed earlier in the year, Mitzeee seems to have been keeping a lower profile - but she's about to return to the forefront of the show with a major role in this year's series of Hollyoaks Later. At a recent Hollyoaks press event in London, Mitzeee's portrayer Rachel Shenton chatted to DS about what's in store for the outrageous model.

What kind of a reaction have you received since Mitzeee first appeared on screen?
"I've been really, really pleased. I've had such a positive reaction to the role, which I was a little bit shocked about! I wasn't quite sure how people would take her, because I thought she'd be a Marmite kind of character where you either love her or you hate her! But everyone's reactions have been so lovely, and people seem to like her! I'm really grateful for the reactions I've received from the Hollyoaks fans."

Mitzeee features quite heavily in this year's Hollyoaks Later - what can you tell us about the new series?
"It's five hour-long episodes that span the course of one day - a day and a night. Lots of weird and wonderful things happen in it! It's airing from October 25, but you'll just have to watch it!"

Have you enjoyed all the work you've been doing with the Costello family?
"Yes, they're great to work with. I know that's such a cliché, but everyone really is great to work with because we all started at the same time. We were all in the same boat - all a bit nervous when we first started because we didn't really know anybody, so we kind of stuck together. It's fantastic to work with them."

Are you surprised at how quickly Heidi seems to have forgiven and forgotten when it comes to Mitzeee and Carl?
"Well, I don't know whether she has forgiven Mitzeee. I think it's more that she forgave Carl because she loves him, and so she did slightly have to forgive and forget with Mitzeee. I think that's what it was, really - Heidi's just desperate to keep the family together!"

Will we see Mitzeee get involved in Jasmine's storyline as it moves forward?
"I'm not sure how much I'm allowed to say! But Mitzeee and Jasmine do come into contact when it comes to the storyline…"

Mitzee
Where do you see Mitzeee's character going in the long-term?
"I think that in Hollyoaks Later, the audience will see a different side to Mitzeee - a side that will make them think that she's a real person. I mean, obviously she is a real person and nobody is one-dimensional, but I think you'll see that a lot more clearly in the late-night episodes."

It was a real surprise for the viewers when we saw Mitzeee at home for the first time - away from her glamorous image…
"Yes - the viewers saw that she's just a normal girl! I think that in the late-night episodes from October 25, you will definitely see more of that side of her. And I hope that at some points you'll actually feel a little bit sorry for her. I think that, so far, that's an emotion that you don't really feel very often when it comes to Mitzeee!"

What's Hollyoaks' producer Paul Marquess like to work with?
"Paul is great. He has a very hectic schedule so we don't get to see him very often - we don't just pop in for a chat, because he's a very busy man! But everything that he's done for the show has just been so positive. The new titles are on, the ratings have gone up and it's all just really, really good. I think that Paul has got some great ideas."

Mitzee threatens Carl
Is there anyone in particular who you enjoy filming scenes with?
"I love working with Paul Opacic, who plays Carl Costello. The relationship between Mitzeee and Carl is a really interesting one, so the scenes are always good fun to play, so he's great to work with. Kim Tiddy, who plays Heidi, is also great to work with - again because her relationship with Mitzeee is so good to play. Mitzeee is just such a fun character, so I think that with everyone she meets, each person takes her differently - and that's what I really like. For example, in the late-night episodes I worked a lot with Jess Fox, who plays Nancy - and that was great because they're literally like chalk and cheese, but strangely enough it seemed to work!"

Will we see Mitzeee continuing with her glamour career and all the promotional events?
"I hope so - that's her job, so that's what she'll have to do! She is a glamour model - but she's actually a struggling glamour model, even though she wouldn't admit that herself! But I think that the main thing I'd like is for the viewers to see what Mitzeee is really like - because I don't think she is the person that she portrays at all. But I also think that's there's a lot more fun to be had with her before she starts getting dull!"

Are you hoping to stay in the show for a while?
"I certainly hope so! I feel like I've only just started, so I hope that Mitzeee will stay around for a little while - and I hope that she can cause more trouble!"

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