What is the main attraction of Ryan for Stacey?
"I think it's just purely a physical attraction - she's really attracted to him and he's really attracted to her! They haven't been able to keep their hands off each other, so it's been a really strong attraction."
Is Stacey also attracted to the idea that she could possibly have a stable family life with Ryan?
"Well, I don't think that's the main reason that she likes him - it's just that she's really, really attracted to him. He's the first person who's come along since Bradley, and I don't think Stacey has really known what she wants from the relationship. There's been times where she's wanted everything from him, but also times when she's told him that she just wants a bit of fun. But I think the constant thing has just been a physical attraction that she can't stop!"
It's not the first time that you've been involved in a love triangle storyline as you previously had the Max plot - how has this one compared?
"I think they've been very different. The first love triangle was between Stacey, Bradley and Max - but I genuinely believe that Stacey loved Bradley and will always love Bradley. I think her relationship with Max is just a really, really strong friendship - a bit of a weird friendship! They've just got such a strong connection, they understand each other and they're the best of friends. With this Ryan storyline, it's only really been a physical attraction. However, as they happen to have a baby, that's helped as they've had to have a lot of contact because of the child."
"I think Stacey is just so caught up in the whole affair. I don't think that Ryan ever planned for it to be public - it's just one of those things that comes out, and it came out in front of everyone in The Vic! In the moment, I think Stacey does think she loves him, but we'll have to wait and see whether that's really the case."
If Stacey did decide that she wanted a future with Ryan, do you think it would have to be away from the Square because of all the repercussions?
"I think that if she wanted a future with Ryan, she could have it anywhere. It's there - it's like a ready-made family for her to take. But I don't know whether that's what she really wants and that's one of the questions in the build-up to Christmas Day."
Stacey hasn't really learned her lesson when it comes to affairs, has she?
"Obviously not, and I don't think she ever will! After saying to Kat that she wasn't that person anymore, she's then gone and had an affair! She's taken someone's husband for the second time! She just can't seem to find someone who isn't taken! So no, she really hasn't learned her lesson."
"It probably does, yeah. She genuinely hates Janine after all that she's done. Janine has called the social and just been a nuisance, really! Stacey is not scared of Janine and doesn't really feel anything towards her. I don't think she really cares about Janine at all."
Janine does start getting her revenge as she plans to play Lauren's recording of Stacey's confession in The Vic on Christmas Eve - how would Stacey react if the truth about Archie was revealed?
"It's been going on for ages now and she's been carrying this massive thing around with her - if the truth came out, she could lose her child and she could spend a long time in prison. For someone to know - and for her secret to be told to so many people - would be a shock."
The full circumstances surrounding Stacey's exit are being kept secret, but do you think your final storyline does the character justice?
"Yeah, I was really pleased with it - really pleased with the way that it all panned out. I don't want to say too much as that would give it away, but I was definitely happy with it. It is interesting and it's got hints of all the stuff that I've done with Stacey over the past six and a half years."
"There's some things that happen on Christmas Day that people won't expect. There's things that I read and I thought, 'God, really?' I had to read it a few times to get my head around it! But I really enjoyed doing it and I'm very happy with it."
Stacey has been such a popular character - can you pinpoint why she's been so appealing to the viewers?
"I'm not really sure, to be honest! I love her because she's just a normal girl. Although she's had really awful things that have happened to her, I think the audience really understand her. She's not a bad person - she's a fun person. She can be loud, she can be in your face - but I've also been given the opportunity to show the other side of Stacey. I think that she has a massive heart, and she just wants to be happy and have a normal life. That hasn't happened so far, but I think people like her because she just is who she is - and she just gets up and carries on!"
Was leaving EastEnders a difficult decision to make?
"Yeah, it was massive! It took me a long time - I thought about it for about a year and it was a huge decision to make. I spent most of my teenage years here, I've grown up here and I've loved being here. So to go away from here is scary but exciting. I just feel like it's something that I have to do - if I don't go now, I'd stay here for as long as they'd have me. So I had to be a bit brave - and I've done it now, so we'll see what happens!"
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