Fans of Hollyoaks will know how, earlier this year, student Finn O’Connor subjected his English teacher, John Paul McQueen to a horrific rape as part of a homophobic hate campaign against him.
As we reported earlier today, Finn’s best friend, Robbie (Charlie Wernham) is set to discover what his friend has done, leaving us all wondering if this means that Finn (Keith Rice) will finally get the comeuppance he deserves.
One person who thinks that he should is Alex Fletcher, who plays Finn’s stepmum Diane, and who works with John Paul (James Sutton), who has been explaining to Digital Spy how, if her character discovers what Finn has done, she would hand him in to the police herself:
“I don’t really know how Diane is going to react yet. From a public’s point of view, I hope that if Diane discovers the truth, she will hand Finn in. They could be controversial and show a mother who keeps her mouth shut to protect her kids, but I hope that doesn’t happen in this situation, because I think that would be awful.
“I’d like to think at some point Diane will realise that Finn has made the biggest mistake of his life and she will do the right thing. But we haven’t got to that point in the story yet.
“Diane still hasn’t got a clue about what happened. She thinks Finn is her rock, really. She’s got Sinead, who takes the attention from anybody and everybody. At the moment, Sinead is causing real dramas. We’ve been doing really good stuff, though. I’m picking up so many scripts at the minute.”
The actress, whose character has just given birth to twins, went on to praise the storyline, and all the actors involved in, especially her on-screen stepson, saying:
“Keith has had such a huge responsibility, and even I was a bit scared for him. I was worried about how the public would react to him, because he’s only young. People forget sometimes that it’s not real and you are playing a character, but Keith takes everything in his stride.
“Keith is so professional and he really cares about what he’s doing. I was nervous to watch the rape episode because I was nervous for him, but I was really glad over the way it was shot because it was handled very responsibly.
“I think James Sutton has also been fantastic with the way he’s played it. It’s disturbing to watch, but it’s also great to see something which is at that level of performance and drama.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD