Rob Norbury and Jennifer Metcalfe, who play the roles of Riley Costello and Merecedes McQueen in Hollyoaks, have been telling Inside Soap and Soaplife magazines how their characters are dealing with the uncertainty over who is the biological father of Mercedes’ baby.
As fans of the show will know, Mercedes had an affair with Riley’s dad Carl (Paul Opacic) so either of them could be the baby daddy. We’re going to get to find out who it is next week.
However, Rob reckons that Riley is faced with certain heartache if the baby isn’t his.
He said, “If I were to tell Riley anything, then I’d say that if the baby really is his, he should be there for the kid in any way he can…
“But if the child isn’t his, then he should just walk away from the situation, maintain his dignity and try to get on with his life.
“He should put himself first.”
Meanwhile, speaking to Soaplife, Jennifer said, “Mercy has taken to the baby quite well, but I think that’s because she thinks she’s going to get Riley back.
“She’s got all these little ploys. She turns up with the baby unannounced and says stuff like, ‘What a lovely family we are’.
“Then when Riley turns up at hers she bans him from seeing the baby.”
Of what lies ahead for Riley and Mercy’s relationship, Jennifer added, “I’d like to see Riley and Mercy get back together and try again, but you have to remember that this is soap…
“And I do quite like playing Mercy when she’s on her own and exploring other men.
“That’s when she’s at her best!”
And as to whether there’s any chance Mercedes and Carl could become an item again, Jennifer said, “Both he and Mercedes have realised what they did was disgusting and they have put it to bed.
“A resumption of the affair is definitely not on the cards at the moment.”
Who would you like the daddy to be?