Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson recently caught up with Digital Spy to chat about the new direction for his troubled character Ste Hay.
If you haven't read the main interview yet, catch up here for Kieron's thoughts on what's coming up with Ste, Sinead and Trevor.
Here, we present some Soap Scoop bonus snippets from Kieron in the second part of our Q&A.
Are you pleased to be working with Steph Davis (Sinead) more?
"Steph Davis is a law unto herself! (Laughs.) She sings every five minutes and she's crazy, but she keeps it fresh every day and you just never know what you're going to get with her performance. She's very natural and I really like working with natural actors who you can just bounce off.
"Steph is great with that - she keeps me on my toes. Even judging by Twitter, you can see that she has a very colourful life, so she keeps it entertaining every day!"
Can Ste and Doug's friendship survive? Would they ever get back together?
"I think what's nice about their relationship is that because Ste is so messed up and he always makes the wrong decisions, Doug is a bit like his conscience. Doug is always there for him, but at the same time, how many times does Ste have to push Doug until he gets the message that Ste doesn't want to be helped? There is a storyline there with Ste and Doug, but we can't say what it's going to be just yet…"
Would you be for it or against it if Ste had a new love interest?
"I think I'd be against it. Ste isn't in the right headspace at the moment to start a new relationship, or start up an old one again with Doug. I think it's nice that Ste is doing his own thing now and he's got this new friend in Sinead. It's not all about love and angst at the moment, it's just nice, gritty storylines instead."
Ste has a long history with Tony, so could he get involved in the cancer storyline?
"Tony has always been a father figure to Ste and has dipped in and out of his life when Ste has needed advice or help. When Ste didn't know whether to go through with the wedding to Doug, he went straight to Tony for advice. I think when Ste does find out about Tony's cancer, it's going to knock him for six…"
The fans are wondering whether Ste will get a new shot for the opening titles, as the current one doesn't really suit the new direction for his character!
"You'll have to ask the producers about that! The titles are always awkward because we're staring directly at the camera, which we don't normally do. I would like to do a new one, because it does need a bit of an update."
Ste fans are also desperate for you to be in Hollyoaks Later. Do you think it will ever happen?
"I'm in my eighth year at Hollyoaks now, I've never been in a late-night episode and I'll probably never be in them! You never know, though!"
Would you like to see Amy and the kids back, or do you think that wouldn't fit in with the current storyline?
"Whether it fitted in or not, I would absolutely love to see them back. I get on with Ashley [Slanina-Davies] so well and love her to pieces. I absolutely adore the kids too, so I'd love them to be back. Whether it's now or in the future, I don't know just yet."
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Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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