Hollyoaks: Anna Shaffer believes that bully Ruby Button can change, and be forgiven!

by Anna Howell

Anna Shaffer, the actress who plays Hollyoaks resident bully, Ruby Button, believes that her character can change, and even be forgiven!

Fans of the hit show will know how last year, in a desperate bid to be accepted into the ‘cool’ gang at sixth form, Ruby Button turned on her best friend, and sister figure, Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks) and joined in with the bullying her new best friends Maddie Morrison (Scarlet Bowman) and Sinead O’Connor (Stephanie Davis) inflicted on the poor fashion student.

Things took a sinister turn last November when, during the epic Enjoy The Ride wedding day bus crash, when Maddie died along with Ruby’s fiancée, Jono (Dylan Llewellyn), turning Ruby’s teasing on Esther into a bitter and resentful torrent of violent mental abuse.

As fans will know, poor Esther reached breaking point last week and, feeling there was no other option, took an overdose in a bid to end her life.

The dose was not instantly lethal but, as we reported earlier this week, Esther’s condition is set to reach critical, with death imminent unless a liver donor is found within 24 hours in an upcoming storyline.

Whilst the wait is on to see whether Esther will survive Ruby, who has hidden her abusive nature from hers and Esther’s family for months, suddenly finds a conscience and decides to blow the whistle on hers and Sinead’s appalling behaviour, but whilst doing so gets run over by her guardian, Jack Osbourne (Jimmy McKenna).

Speaking to PA Anna Shaffer, who plays the devious sixth-former, has revealed her characters part in the storyline, and what she feels it will mean for the future:

“Once she finds out that this is it, Esther’s either going to live or die and she’s in this state really because of what Ruby’s done to her, that’s when she feels complete guilt.

“She feels really awful and she wants to be punished.”

When asked if she believes that Ruby can change, and be forgiven, the actress replied: “I think it’s always been there, she does have a heart. We’ve seen how easily she was manipulated by Maddie and she wanted to be part of the cool gang.

“At the end of the day, Ruby is human and humans make mistakes. She’s done an awful thing but people can be forgiven and people can change.”

Hollyoaks can be seen week nights at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD.

Watch Ruby’s DocYou video message to Jono after the disaster in the clip below: