Life is pretty hectic for Hollyoaks star Ashley-Taylor Dawson at the moment – Not only is he about to hit the Strictly Come Dancing floor for the first time this Friday, his wife is due to give birth that day too!
And life for his Hollyoaks character, Darren, isn’t much calmer either!
Fans of the award-winning Channel 4 soap will know how, during last night’s episode Darren discovered that Sandy Roscoe (Gillian Taylforth) is actually his mum, but according to Taylor-Dawson this situation, unlike so many others his character has endured, may end up having a happy ending, as he has been explaining to Digital Spy:
“When I found out about this storyline, I thought it was fantastic. I was buzzing because it’s such a massive reveal. The writers set it up so that it looked like Joe was Jack’s son, and I think they were playing around with the idea for a while – they weren’t sure which way they were going to take the storyline.
“Once it was confirmed that Darren would be Sandy’s son, I thought it was great. It’s fantastic as an actor to have such a big storyline, and it’s going to turn Darren’s whole world upside down because his whole life has been a lie. The scripts are some of the best ones that I’ve had for a long time.”
However, he went on to explain that the shocking news may take a while for Darren to get his head around and to forgive his father Jack (Jimmy McKenna) for lying to him:
“Darren has already had a tough couple of years, and he’s had problems with his dad in the past. He found it hard to love his dad, because he felt that Jack hadn’t really looked after him. It’s been a long road for them, but they’ve become closer recently and they got to a point where they could confide in each other.
“Darren now knows that his dad has been lying to him for his whole life. You can only imagine what that does to someone – it ruins them. It’s going to take a long time for Darren to forgive Jack for that.
“Darren hasn’t really seen eye-to-eye with the Roscoes from the beginning. He doesn’t get on well with Sandy either, as we’ve just seen when he called her a slag! With the boys, Darren’s had fights with Joe before and he dragged Jason into the pub over the Price Slice robbery. He’s more or less fallen out with all of them, so the family he’s taking on board is one he despises and has no respect for! The repercussions are hard to swallow for Darren.”
On the subject of Strictly, he continued:
“It’s been an absolute rollercoaster of emotions. Obviously I’ve got a baby on the way who is due this Thursday, and that’s the day I travel to London ahead of the first live shows on Friday and Saturday. Everybody at Strictly is wonderful and to be part of something so huge is quite overwhelming. The dancing has been going alright, but it’s a completely new ball park and I’m out of my comfort zone. I’m enjoying every minute of it, though.
“I keep saying at the moment that I’ve got three ‘problems’ – I’m in work full-time, I’m doing Strictly and we’re expecting a new baby. They’re wonderful problems to have, but they seem like they’re tearing my world apart! I just feel very lucky at the moment and my fiancée is my hero, because she’s dealing with this while she’s pregnant. I’m very proud of her as well.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD – Watch the official new trailer for the season ahead in the clip below: