We announced earlier this year that Rachel Shenton had decided to quit her Hollyoaks role as Mitzeee Minniver after two years of playing the unlucky-in-love socialite for two years.
Now that her final scenes have been filmed, and are due to air on our Channel 4 screens next week, Rachel has discussed some of the finer details of her character’s exit.
In the last year alone Mitzeee Minniver has been publicly ridiculed for being the kissing cousin of footballer Riley Costello (Rob Norbury), stalked by, and then framed for stabbing Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe), dragged round by an escaped convict after being wrongfully imprisoned and watching the love of her life die in front of her!
Upon her release from prison Mitzeee seemed to be getting back to some sort of normality, thanks to the help of her sister, Maxine (Nikki Sanderson) but, as viewers will see in tonight’s episode all that is about to change when the socialite discovers she is pregnant!
The pregnancy storyline is set to fit in quite nicely with the rest of Mitzeee’s exit, which involves Carl Costello returning to the village set on killing Walker (Neil Newbon) whose gun shot the stray bullet which killed Carl’s son, Riley, as Rachel Shenton explains to Digital Spy:
“At first, she’s just in total shock. It’s the last thing that she’d expect from Carl. There’s a big question mark over why Carl is back, but I don’t think Mitzeee would ever suspect it would be because of this!
“A tragedy like Riley’s death could lead to irrational thoughts in a person’s head, but even so, Mitzeee is shocked by just how serious Carl is about this plan. At first she says, ‘Absolutely not – I don’t want blood on my hands and this is not my fight’. You’ll have to wait and see whether she changes her mind.”
With regards to Hollyoaks bringing back Paul Opacic as Carl Costello for Mitzeee’s exit, the actress continued:
“I thought that was great – especially because myself and Paul both started on Hollyoaks on the same day. It was really fitting that he would be there for my last day – it just made it feel quite perfect. Paul and I are very good friends, so we had a laugh on those last few days.”
During Mitzeee’s final week she also makes an appearance on Sky News with Eamonn Holmes:
“Eamonn really was so much fun and such a good sport. I was quite nervous, actually, because Eamonn’s a little bit of a legend and I grew up watching him on TV. But he was so cool and really threw himself into it, actually. He was asking lots of questions and really wanted to do a good job, and he did!”
With regards to Mitzeee’s exit in general, Rachel mused:
“[I was] so pleased! I hadn’t pitched anything to the writers – I left it completely up to them. Because I’d told them quite a while ago that I was thinking of leaving, I just wanted to see how Mitzeee’s journey went for myself.
“When I finally heard what it was, I thought it was just perfect. Her departure storyline is just so fitting and I managed to cram every single emotion into that last week. It’s going to be a great one to watch, and I’m very excited to see it for myself!”
“When I found out that Mitzeee would be the pregnant one, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is amazing – what more can this girl have to deal with?!’ I was really interested to see how she would handle it.
“I was really shocked when I first heard about that. I’d heard that Mitzeee and Maxine would both think they were pregnant and both take tests, but I was thinking, ‘Surely it’s going to be Maxine’s kid?'”
Watch a clip of Mitzeee in action in the clip below:
Watch Mitzeee’s exit storyline unravel all next week on Hollyoaks at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD.