As one of Emmerdale’s youngest characters, troubled teen Amy Wyatt has often had a lot to cry over, not least of which was giving up her baby son for adoption and the split between her foster parents, Eric (Chris Chittell) and Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick)…
However, Chelsea Halfpenny, who of course plays gobby Amy, has revealed that she hates on-screen crying, and she would rather play Amy drunk or angry!
But of course, as Amy’s birth mother Kerry (Laura Norton) is about to get her feet firmly under the Emmerdale table – while trying to reestablish a relationship with the daughter she put into care – Chelsea reckons she’s going to have to film a lot of tearful scenes in upcoming episodes.
Speaking to the Sun’s TV Biz, Chelsea said, “I’m really rubbish about the tearful scenes — I’d much rather play Amy when she’s hammered!”
She added, “When I know I have to cry I get myself really worked up, because I don’t ever want it to seem forced.
“I just worry that I won’t do it right. But I have had lots of practice filming scenes between Amy and her mum Kerry.
“I’m really close to my mum so when we film the most emotional scenes, I imagine saying the words to her for real.
“Thinking about the same thing happening to us is really upsetting and sometimes I was a mess afterwards.”
But as mentioned, there are tearful scenes in the offing when it’s revealed that Kerry is in hospital, potentially fighting for her life…
Of that, Chelsea said, “Their relationship gets a lot more intense so there is going to be a lot more heartbreak.
“But despite all the crying, I do love the dramatic storylines the most — you can get really passionate about them.”
And finally, of wining Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards recently, Chelsea said, “It was a huge honour, the ceremony rushed by in a blur, but it was an amazing experience.”
And very well deserved it was too!