By the sound of things, Alex is thrilled to be back in the Hollyoaks fold - and it was great to hear his enthusiasm for the role of Lee Hunter and the programme itself.
If you haven't already read the main chat, click here to see what he had to say.
Alternatively, here are some bonus bits from the interview - including Alex's thoughts on his Emmerdale stint, his new co-stars and his former screen sister Gemma Atkinson!
Did you offer any guidance or advice to the three newcomers who are playing the students?
"No, they don't want to ask me - I don't know what I'm on about! It actually isn't that kind of environment and that's the great thing about working on set. Everyone is equal, regardless of how long or short they've been doing the job. As long as you're on time and you're not hungover, you're alright!"
When we see you back in the main show, is there much reference to what's taken place in Hollyoaks: Freshers?
"There's not so much reference to the storylines that have happened in Freshers, but that's very much the beginning of the character's journey. If you see Freshers, you get more of an insight into the relationship between Lee and Leanne. Nothing too dramatic happens to Lee in the show - although one thing does happen between him and Leanne, and that is referred to from day one."
Now that you're filming the main show again, who have you mainly been working with and sharing your scenes with?
"Well, I return as a student - so it's mainly been student-based fun! But I've also been interacting with the old cast members, who I worked with in the past. I've had a bit with Carley, who plays Steph, and also with Ashley Taylor Dawson, who plays Darren, so it's been great - I love working with them."
Have you made friends with many of the new cast members?
"Yeah - as there's so many people all starting at the same time, there's a real buzz and everyone's been quite sociable. It's really nice. The other night, a few of us went to Helen's flat and she cooked for us. Helen plays Jem on the show and we've got quite a lot of scenes together. Also, at the moment I'm staying with Emmett Scanlan, who plays Brendan. There's a real social aspect, and obviously we like to party on the weekends. But during the week we like to knock about together too, and it's lovely. Everyone's talking about each other's stories as well, which is great - I've never really experienced that before."
Did you watch Hollyoaks much while you were away?
"Not really, to be honest with you. I think it would have been a bit too weird. It's a bit like someone sleeping with your ex-girlfriend - you know it goes on, but you don't want to watch it! But I caught bits and bobs, and obviously I still had friends on the show, so I'd keep an eye out but I didn't watch it too much."
Have you had many discussions with Paul Marquess about what's ahead for Lee?
"He's only told me bits and bobs. I don't mind that, though - as long as I'm fairly busy, I don't mind just riding it. I'm just happy to be working and you've just got to trust other people who are doing their jobs, like hopefully they trust me. It's cool. I've never been one of those people who runs up and asks what's going on. You've got to give your full focus to what you're doing at the present."
Would you like to see Gemma Atkinson return to the show as Lee's sister Lisa?
"Yeah! I don't know if she will and I haven't spoken to her for a long time - I went to her birthday a couple of years ago and I've not spoken to her since. But yeah, why not? Get them all back! It'd be good to see Lisa, wouldn't it?"
Gemma did say earlier in the year that she'd be interested in coming back…
"Oh, did she say that? Crikey! I'll have to send her a supportive text, then!"
Paul has said that Lee "won't just have light stories" - is that something you're quite pleased about?
"Has he? To be honest I hadn't heard that, but I'd be happy with anything. I just love the character and I feel quite comfortable doing anything with him, really. I just love acting - I love it all. Anything that's coming up, just bring it on!"
After not being used much in your last 18 months at Emmerdale, has Hollyoaks been quite refreshing in comparison?
"Yeah - it's been like going from one extreme to the other, really. Towards the end on Emmerdale, I was so quiet - frustratingly quiet. It was genuinely frustrating, so to come here where I'm so busy, it makes you feel wanted and also makes you more confident."
Is your time on Emmerdale something that you still look back on fondly, though?
"Yeah - looking back at Emmerdale, I had such a great time and with so many great people. But you've just got to keep moving and keep doing things to keep yourself busy, learning and doing different things. Just because I've come back to Hollyoaks doesn't mean I'm going to stop learning and doing new things. It's quite sad when I look back at Emmerdale, because I do miss everyone there."
Are you still in touch with any of the cast?
"Yeah, I've popped in a couple of times since I've left, because I still live in Leeds. So I still see everyone. I've got loads of mates in the crew who I still see regularly, and I still keep in touch with Tony, who plays my dad Bob, as well as Duncan Preston, who plays Doug. He's not a nice person, but he responds to my texts! (Laughs) That's a joke, by the way!"
Hollyoaks: Freshers launches online on August 26.
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