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A quick chat with Mercy from 'Enders: E20'

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EastEnders' online spinoff drama E20 continues tomorrow night on the soap's official website, so ahead of the next instalment, here's a quick Q&A with Bunmi Mojekwu who plays Mercy Olubunmi.

How is E20 different from the main show?
"It's grittier and fresher than the main show. It tackles a lot of issues in terms of what each character goes through and it makes you reflect and sympathise with them. It's like watching your friends on TV really!"

Do you think online drama is the way forward?
"Yeah, definitely. The internet's taken over now hasn't it? It's so much more convenient. I don't really have time to sit down and watch everything on TV, so when I sit at the computer, I just catch up with everything on there. It's the way to go - it's more interactive."

Do you think online communities are important?
"Very important. They're the people who can judge whether a show's good or not. They obviously know what they're talking about because they're discussing soap all the time."

How would you describe your character?
"Mercy's very strong-willed and bound within her faith. Her best attribute is that she's very motherly and takes people under her wing to look after them. Her worst is that she takes the world on her shoulders and you just want to tell her, 'You don't have to worry about about, you can't deal with it alone'. Mercy takes too much on."

What happens to Mercy throughout the series?
"Mercy's going through what young teenage girls are going through - trying to find herself and make the right decisions. Across the first few eps, we see her battling with everything that's going on and trying to make sense of it all. She has a big secret, too…"

Mercy's parents recently returned to Nigeria - does that play a big part in her character's development?
"Yeah, she was very close to her parents but they just upped and left. Mercy felt really abandoned and out of place. That really affected her - there was nobody for her to talk to after that. Her grandma's really old school and old fashioned, so it's difficult for her."

Are you a little disappointed that yours is the only character that doesn't transition into the main show?
"I thought to myself 'that wasn't the plan' and I knew what the plan was [in my head] from the beginning, so I just has to think 'that's just the way it is'. If I was meant to go into the main show, then I would have done. Obviously I'd have loved to but for someone like my character, it'll be the support of the viewers that decide her fate. I don't feel upset or anything, I just thought that it's the way these things go."

The door's been left open for her, though, hasn't it?
"Yeah, definitely. In the beginning, I don't think they saw the strength of Mercy and then as I got into it, they really started to see that she has an impact and that she could go on and have a story. The door's right open!"

Across the series, who's been your favourite main cast member to film with?
"Adam Woodyatt was hilarious and the guy who plays Lucas, Don Gilet, was really fun to work with, too. Hardly anybody gets my name right - it's Bumni with a silent 'n', so Don Gilet started saying, 'So it's Bu-shh-me'. I'd never heard that before, so I'll tell everyone that story." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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