Cheryl's half-brother Brendan Brady has just moved to Hollyoaks village! We had a natter with Emmett J. Scanlan to find out more about his bad boy character Brendan, hear what he has to say about the lovely Hollyoaks ladies, and probe him for any juicy gossip about what's coming up on the show...
So how long have you been filming at Hollyoaks for?
I've been at Hollyoaks now since May, so that works out at about two and a half months.
How have you settled in so far?
God I love this place, from the directors to the crew and the cast. They have made me feel so welcome - to Liverpool as a city, and to living on Lark Lane with all the bars and restaurants. It's a great area.
The work is brilliant; soap is a different breed of animal. I'm used to doing drama and movies so it's a lot slower, whereas with soaps, at any one time there are four different directors with four different crews shooting, so you've got to be on your game, otherwise you get left behind. That's what I love about it.
Good stuff! Has everyone been welcoming?
Absolutely! Without it sounding all philosophical, there is genuinely not one person that I don't like or don't get on with. The cast are great, I go out and socialise with a big group of them. I live in a block which is right beside Karen Hassan (Lynsey Nolan) the new naughty girl, and Jorgie Porter (Theresa McQueen). The flat is right beside everybody in the cast and crew so you can't go out without bumping into somebody.
Who or what have you based your character on?
The thing with soap is that you learn about your character as you go along. Because it's so fast when you're on set you have to use your instinct. There have been a couple of people from the crew who have come over to me in between takes saying they think Brendan's modelled on Nicholas Cage or that there's a Christopher Walken thing going on. But I don't see that. I guess on some level I base Brendan on a little bit of everybody who I admire, but mostly it just comes from instinct.
How would you sum up Brendan Brady in five words?
What an absolute **** he is! I don't know how to describe him in five words. I don't think he is either good or bad. Brendan's a man who defines his own moral code and principles, and lives with the consequences. He's the type of dude that will hit you as quick as look at you, but never touch a girl. His principles may be different to yours or mine but he's not good or bad, he's just... Brendan.
So he is set to cause a bit of tension then?
He's like a lion in some ways, or a cornered animal, you don't mess with him. Brendan cares about two things in this world: himself and his family, and everything else is obsolete. I think that's why he'll take you down or die trying, that's just who he is.
Read the rest of Emmett's (Brendan) interview here!