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Exclusive: 'Neighbours' star James Mason teases Chris, Aidan romance plot

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Neighbours star James Mason has revealed details of his character Chris Pappas's forthcoming romance storyline, confirming that fans can expect "a slow build-up" as the mechanic starts getting to know Aidan Foster.

Chris is the first gay male regular to appear on Neighbours and, as announced by show bosses in the summer, Erinsborough Hospital nurse Aidan will become a love interest for him in a future plot.

Aidan, played by former Home and Away actor Bob Morley, has already appeared on screens in both Australia and the UK. It has now emerged that fans will see Aidan and Chris meet as a result of an incident which takes place in Australia's season finale in December.

Speaking about the plotline for the first time, Mason told Digital Spy: "Let's just say that Chris is involved in a potentially life-threatening experience which will also have a major impact on some of the other characters. And through this incident, he meets Aidan."

He continued: "Their relationship will be treated just like any other heterosexual relationship. It's a very slow build-up for these two because Chris isn't someone who shows his feelings openly, this is all new to him. So in terms of seeing them as a couple as such, that will happen early next year."

Asked whether the pair will have a relationship or just a close friendship, he replied: "It's definitely a romance; however, whether it's long term, that's up to the writers. You'll have to wait and see."

Mason also said that he is enjoying working with Morley on the storyline.

"[He's] fantastic. As actors, it is very challenging and exciting at the same time, and because of this, we have developed a connection," he explained.

"We're rapt that the characters are going down this path and based on the feedback I've had to Chris coming out, I think viewers are going to like why the relationship unfolds - well, I hope they do."

Neighbours bosses first introduced Chris to Erinsborough in early 2010.

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