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'Hollyoaks': Stephanie Davis teases Sinead's adoption plan

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Stephanie Davis as Sinead O'Connor in Hollyoaks

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Stephanie Davis



Hollyoaks teenager Sinead O'Connor drops a bombshell on stepmum Diane this week, admitting that she no longer wants her unborn baby.

Fearing that she's not ready for motherhood, Sinead suggests that Diane should adopt the child instead - but is the surprising idea just going to cause more problems for the O'Connors?

Stephanie Davis, who plays Sinead, recently caught up with Digital Spy to chat about the baby plot and the aftermath of Esther Bloom's bullying ordeal.

You must be enjoying being so busy on screen at the moment!
"I am - it's been nice to play something different. Usually Sinead is always just a bitch and she's just had the bullying storyline, so now it's nice to get into a story that shows her as a bit more vulnerable again. It's been really fun and I'm loving work at the moment."

Ruby seemed to be redeemed at the end of the bullying storyline, but that hasn't really happened with Sinead yet. Do you think there'll be a turning point for her?
"I think Sinead has got to be redeemed to be on the show, otherwise she'd just be hated and nobody would speak to her!

"Maybe it hasn't happened yet because Sinead has just had a lot on her plate with the baby in the past few months, so she feels quite alone. She's putting a barrier up and she's not letting anyone in at the moment."

Have you ever been worried that the viewers won't forgive Sinead for bullying Esther?
"Well, when I've been watching the show, I've thought, 'Oh my God, she's such a bitch!' But I do also think that Sinead is a likeable character and sometimes when you watch her, you can't help but laugh at some of the things she does.

"I think Sinead will be forgiven - and she can't really not say sorry for what she's done, so she will apologise. She might not be forgiven straight away, but in time hopefully people will give her another chance. If Sinead doesn't get forgiven, she might go down a very dark route."

Sinead, Ruby and Phoebe watch as Esther walks away.

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Sinead in the bullying storyline



There were a handful of Twitter users who confused you with your character during the bullying storyline. Was that difficult to deal with?
"I think it just means I'm doing my job right. You get a lot of people who point out that it's just a TV show, but then you get some people who do think that it's real. It makes me laugh as it is quite funny. Me, Jazmine Franks and Anna Shaffer are really good friends in real life and we have a giggle about it. It's all part of the job."

Why does Sinead decide that she doesn't want the baby this week?
"It starts when Sinead is working at Price Slice. Cindy is being a bit unfair on Sinead and putting her through quite a hard time at work. In the end, Sinead ends up falling off a ladder when she's cleaning the shop windows. She goes to the hospital with Diane, and I think secretly she's hoping that she's lost the baby at this point.

"Then Sinead finds out that the baby is fine, healthy and it's a girl. Diane's happy because she's always wanted a baby, but Sinead now wants an abortion and doesn't tell anyone apart from Cindy. She has a heart-to-heart with Cindy where she asks for advice, and then that's a turning point in Sinead and Cindy's relationship.

"Cindy has been in the same position when she was 16 and pregnant but didn't want Holly. They have a really deep heart-to-heart and become friends. Cindy sees Sinead as a miniature version of herself, and she gives her a few options to consider. In the end, Sinead speaks to Diane and ends up asking her to adopt the baby."

Sinead falls and lands on the pavement.

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Sinead falls and lands on the pavement.



What makes Sinead choose adoption as the best way forward?
"I think Sinead was very open to going for an abortion, but then she hears from Cindy about how she didn't want her baby but Holly became a big part of her life. Sinead feels bad, because an abortion would mean getting rid of a life.

"If Sinead gives her child to Diane, the baby will always be around but not such a big part of her life. Sinead is young so she's still thinking about going out partying, university and her career. She's not ready for motherhood as she's still a child herself. If Bart had stuck around, she would have gone ahead with keeping the baby, but now she's having second thoughts."

How does Diane react to Sinead's offer?
"You'll have to wait and see! I think Diane will have a lot of questions to ask before she even considers this. If Diane says no, Sinead will have to consider other options."

Where do you want the storyline to go next?
"Well, I think this is a good storyline, because I know there's a lot of people who do get pregnant at a young age. One of my friends was in a similar situation after getting pregnant young. It happens a lot and it's a touchy subject.

"Character-wise, I think probably I'd want Diane to adopt the baby, because that means I can still film the giving birth scene! That's the one thing I haven't done at Hollyoaks yet!"

How do you feel about Diane becoming a bigger part of the show?
"I think that's really good - she totally deserves that. Alex Fletcher who plays Diane is so good - she's such a great actress. We have so much fun when we're on set together, and we get through the scenes so quickly because she's such a professional. Alex is like a breath of fresh air, she really is."

Alex Fletcher as Diane O'Connor in Hollyoaks

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Alex Fletcher as Diane



Bart (Jonny Clarke) was Sinead's main love interest for a long time on the show. Is it strange not having him around now?
"It's so weird. When Jonny left, it didn't really hit me at first. I spent my whole time at Hollyoaks filming with him, especially with the Jasmine/Jason storyline. Even afterwards, we practically did every scene together.

"It's weird not having him around, but it's good because I get to work with different people and I've got this storyline, which could go in a lot of different directions."

There are a lot of new male characters joining the show in the next few weeks. Could there be a new love interest for Sinead among them?
"Well, I don't think being pregnant would stop Sinead from going after a fella! I don't think anything would stop her, pregnant or not! I think she will always have a flirt. It'll be hard for her, because she is pregnant and she's got a lot of baggage. But in time, I think there will be a new love interest, yeah."

Who else from the recently-departed cast are you missing?
"I miss them all! Claire Cooper was one of my really good friends and we shared a changing room together too, so we always used to have chats at dinnertime. I'm going to miss that. But Claire donated a space in the changing room to me, and she wrote down that it was 'from one chav to another'!

"I miss working with Jonny and it's the same for Scarlett Bowman, Tosin Cole and Dylan Llewellyn - our little group. It was weird when they left, because we were all really good friends on and off set, so we'd hang round together a lot. But I still speak to them all and I know they're doing really well."

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