As fans of EastEnders will know, Michael Moon has recently become a husband and a father, and for a few moments there, it looked like he might just be about to turn over a new leaf…
He ‘fessed up to having scammed Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) and didn’t do a runner when he had a wobbly moment over his new responsibilities.
However, according to Steve John Shepherd, who of course plays Michael villainously well, his character will never be the sort of man who can be trusted with anything, but most particularly, money, which of course his wife Janine (Charlie Brooks) has bucket loads of.
And as we’ll soon see, Michael hasn’t given up on the idea of reliving her of it!
Speaking to Soaplife about Michael and how fatherhood may, or should, change him, Steve explained that when his character visits little baby Patricia, he feels “helpless…”
He added, “He’s lost. He’s feeling inadequate and also, which I gather is quite normal for new fathers, slightly surplus to requirements.
“Fatherhood is certainly more difficult than he anticipated. He’s not getting any sleep and he’s taking care of the business during the day.”
And when asked, “Does he understand what Janine’s going through as a new mum?” Steve replied, “Janine’s increasingly worrying Michael with her erratic behaviour.
“She’s frazzled with sleep deprivation. But Michael’s really selfish and his empathy button is quite small and difficult to find.”
Steve went on to reveal that Michael is about to ask Janine to make him a signatory for the business accounts, claiming that he needs to control the businesses while she’s busy with the baby, but of course, Janine wasn’t born yesterday and suspects Michael is merely out to fleece her.
Of that, Steve said, “Michael’s used to everyone being incredibly suspicious of him whenever he makes a move of any description that involves money or any kind of trust.
“He realises he has to be on his best behaviour for a while to get everything back in line.”
And by way of ‘best behaviour’ it seems Michael’s idea of that is to buy a seriously expensive new motor.
Steve explained, “His argument is that they need a family car – a BMW 5 Series with 18-inch pimp wheels.
“Well, I wouldn’t call it a family car, but I’m not Michael.
“Obviously Janine’s money helps when one is shopping for a new car. He’s taken advantage of those funds and that’s another thing that feeds into Janine’s paranoia.”
And finally, when asked if Michael does in fact have any real love for Janine, Steve said, “I wouldn’t want to commit to something so black and white when we all know it’s a thousand shades of grey.”
Will Michael ever come good as a dad and a husband do you think? Or will he always be the villain of the piece?