As fans of Hollyoaks will know, Emmett J Scanlan’s character Brendan Brady is Bad, and yes, that’s with a capital B, and one might even append the word ‘Ass’ to that moniker…
But while speaking to the PA about his often psycho character, Emmett revealed that he wouldn’t want Brendan to turn into a “normal” person.
He said, “I don’t think there’s much interest in Brendan walking down the street, going into Price Slice and buying himself a packet of Jaffa Cakes.”
Emmett added, “He’s not that normal nine to five kind of guy. He’s always got this darkness to his character and that’s what makes him interesting.”
And of course, he’s quite right; one of the most fascinating things about Brendan is his propensity towards malevolence. However, while stating that he doesn’t think he’s as “dark” as Brendan, Emmett conceded that he brings some of his real-life persona to the character…
He said, “You bring elements of yourself into every character. There are little pieces of me in there I guess…
“Definitely as a family man, and there’s the loyalty there. But I’ve never murdered anyone with a hammer!”
And on the subject of Brendan’s turbulent relationship with Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) Emmett – who’s also starred in MTV series The Phone and RTÉ Two’s fly on-the-wall documentary series Hollywood Trials, as well as in films Colour from the Dark, Studs and Freakdog – said, “Everything’s a game to Brendan. Everything has an element of power, control and possession.
“No-one plays with Brendan’s toys except Brendan himself.
“That’s not to say it isn’t love, of course it’s love but it’s a different kind of love to anybody else’s.
“He’ll do whatever it takes to get possession of Steven and to be with him.
“I don’t know how that would work, for the relationship to blossom if they were publicly just going out with each other. But nobody gets in Brendan’s way.
“He’s got this skewed kind of moral code and he will do whatever it takes and get rid of whatever obstacles are in his way.”
Do you love evil Brendan, or do you prefer him when he’s being “normal”?