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Jordy Lucas (Summer Hoyland, 'Neighbours')

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Summer Hoyland receives help from an unlikely quarter on Neighbours next week as Natasha Williams launches a surprise bid to get her back together with Andrew Robinson. Although Natasha seems to be the only teen in town who hasn't received an invite to Lisa Devine's birthday party, she selflessly tries to ensure that Andrew and Summer will both be in attendance so they can talk through their issues. However, when Summer and Andrew do come face-to-face at the celebration, they have another heated row and Andrew soon decides to prove a point by kissing Lisa in front of everyone... Jordy Lucas, who plays Summer, recently gave Digital Spy her views on the latest twists in her character's love life.

Despite their turbulent history, does Summer have any sympathy for Natasha after seeing that she's being shunned by everyone and has been banned from Lisa's party?
"I think at this stage she is starting feel more compassion for Tash. Summer has taken some of the responsibility for the whole fake pregnancy saga because it was a consequence of her cheating with Andrew and Tash reacting to finding out about it. So she feels that Tash has been reprimanded and embarrassed enough."

Does Summer appreciate Tash's efforts to get her back with Andrew, or does she wish she'd stop interfering?
"I think she is probably a little suspicious of Tash's motives! It takes a little time to accept that Tash's intentions are genuine."

Do you prefer playing Summer and Tash as friends or enemies?
"When they're friends the storylines are usually a little lighter and fun. However, when they're at each other, that's fun as well because we are never like that in real life, so it's something different!"

Summer Hoyland (played by Jordy Lucas) and Andrew Robinson (Jordan Smith)
In their latest row, Andrew claims that Summer is always judging him. Does Summer realise there could be some truth in what he's saying?
"Not initially. Summer does have a tendency to take the high moral ground on issues and is very head-strong. Admitting she is wrong or overreacting doesn't come easily to her!"

How does Summer react to Andrew's kiss with Lisa?
"I think she is gutted! As far as she is concerned, it's a low blow."

Natasha later turns up at the party to give Summer some moral support. Will this be a turning point for the warring friends?
"Definitely. At this moment, Summer really needs the support of her friends and having Tash there at that moment means a lot to her."

Could Lisa be a long-term nemesis for Summer?
"Oh yeah, they can't stand each other! Everything about Lisa is false, and if there is one thing Summer can't stand, it's 'try hards'."

Would you like Summer and Andrew to work things out in the end?
"Yes and no. After everything they have been through, the fairytale ending would be the obvious outcome and for a little while, that would be nice, particularly for viewers. However, I think they are more interesting when they are at odds and the relationship is strained. You'll just have to wait and see!"

Valentina Novakovic as Natasha Williams and Jordan Smith as Andrew Robinson
In recent months, you've worked very closely with Valentina Novakovic and Jordan Smith, who play Natasha and Andrew. What are they like to work with?
"Hideous! No, they're great to work with. We are all friends outside of work so I'm very lucky to be around people who I really like and respect. It's a lot of fun."

Summer's friendship with Chris has been a nice one to watch. Are you glad that he's now sticking around on Neighbours as a permanent cast member?
"I think it's fantastic that the Chris character is staying on and will evolve over time - he provides a voice of reason for the other characters who all fire up so quickly. And I love working with James [Mason], he is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet."

We've recently heard the news that Janet Andrewartha has left Neighbours. Do you miss having her on set?
"Absolutely, she really was like my nan, and always provided heaps of advice for myself and the other younger actors. And she was lots of fun so we certainly notice her absence in the green room."

Can you tell us anything about how Lyn will leave Ramsay Street?
"Well, it has a lot to do with how Charlie is coping without Steph. Lyn knows that he needs to have more contact with his mum and the only way to do that is to move closer to the prison where Steph is doing her time."

Where does the departure of Steph and Lyn leave Summer? We've heard a rumour that Kyle and Jade could be moving into Number 26...
"Without giving too much away, there is a bit of house-hopping coming up and yes, Number 26 is set to have some new residents and Summer finds a new home. It's really fun when all the characters' storylines cross over each other and that's how it would be in a neighbourhood."

Summer will obviously have to become more independent without Lyn around. Will she find that easy or difficult?
"It's definitely an adjustment and there is a lot going on her life, the Andrew scenario, final year exams, career decisions - there's lots happening!"

Finally, can you tell us anything about what you're filming at the moment?
"Well, we've just filmed a storyline involving another of Tash's dramas which Summer is caught up in the fall-out of. She is adjusting to her living arrangements, making some career decisions and also gets caught up in a huge community issue which will have a major impact on Erinsborough. So there's lots in store."

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