Gina: will Dev be un­der­stand­ing?


Inside Soap - - WELCOME! - Laura Hef­fer­nan

It needs a special kind of bloke to take on the flam­boy­ant force of na­ture that is Gina Sed­don – and we were punch­ing the air when our favourite Cor­rie wom­an­iser, Dev Ala­han, de­cided that he was man enough for the job. Flirty Gina has had the hots for Dev ever since she first laid eyes on him. And af­ter be­ing brave enough to make her move, the new cou­ple en­gaged in some af­ter­noon de­light while Sally hosted a party down­stairs! We can’t get enough of this ex­cit­ing duo, and Con­nie Hyde is bask­ing in the glory of her char­ac­ter’s fab­u­lous love life…

“I think they’re a brilliant pair,” grins the ac­tress, who has played Gina since April. “He is very lib­eral, open-minded, and he loves Gina’s en­ergy. And I love work­ing with Jimmi Hark­ishin [Dev]! He’s made me feel brave, which is ex­cit­ing for an ac­tor. I trust him, and I’ve lucked out work­ing with some­one so pas­sion­ate about act­ing, and the scenes we do.”

So far things are go­ing swim­mingly for the cou­ple, but ner­vous Gina is

tip­toe­ing around the im­por­tance of open­ness and hon­esty in a re­la­tion­ship, and has ig­nored Sally’s ad­vice to come clean about the fact she is bipo­lar. And al­though her re­la­tion­ship with beau Dev is grow­ing stronger ev­ery day, Gina is no closer to re­veal­ing the truth about her con­di­tion.

“Gina re­ally doesn’t want any­one to know about her bipo­lar, es­pe­cially Dev,” sighs Con­nie. “In the past, peo­ple have run a mile when they’ve found out. She’s on the up, and ev­ery­thing is in tech­ni­colour right now. She’d be f loored if the se­cret was out.”

How­ever, that’s not Gina’s only worry this week, as the bailiffs turn up in the mid­dle of Sally’s may­oral in­au­gu­ra­tion. The fel­las have a court order in hand that gives them per­mis­sion to take goods up to the value of £5,000. And Gina is mor­ti­fied when they start help­ing them­selves to her sis­ter’s fur­ni­ture!

“She was told that this would hap­pen, but she’s been in de­nial so she’s quite shocked when the bailiffs turn up,” ex­plains Con­nie. “Gina has buried her head, which she does a lot, and she tries to run away. She didn’t re­alise hav­ing Sally as a guar­an­tor could be a bad thing, be­cause Gina thought she could pay it off. Un­for­tu­nately, she’s not tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for her ac­tions.

“Gina tries to ar­gue, but then it hits home how badly she’s messed up,” adds the ac­tress. “It’s not ma­li­cious – she adores Sally. She gets her­self in these scrapes and is just try­ing to cope.”

Once Sally finds out that the debt is in Gina’s name, she’s livid that she was fraud­u­lently used as guar­an­tor, and de­mands that her sibling leave the house. Luck­ily for Gina, Dev is more sym­pa­thetic to his girl­friend’s predica­ment, and in­vites her to live with him in­stead. But her world crum­bles when obliv­i­ous Rosie gets in touch with the Gazette – lead­ing to an ar­ti­cle in the pa­per ac­cus­ing Sally of evict­ing her bipo­lar sis­ter!

With her se­cret out, Gina packs her bags and apol­o­gises to Dev for keep­ing him in the dark. So, will he call time on their re­la­tion­ship?

“Sadly, she’d ex­pect that,” reck­ons Con­nie. “But she’d be un­der­stand­ing about it. Gina is pre­pared to walk away, as she’s been in sit­u­a­tions like this where her bipo­lar has de­stroyed peo­ple around her. She doesn’t want that to hap­pen to Dev, and she does not for one sec­ond ex­pect him to stand by her.”

With her love life in jeop­ardy and a sis­ter who can’t bear to look at her, will poor Gina have any­body left to turn to by the end of the week?

Gina re­ally doesn’t want any­one to know about her bipo­lar

Debtor the devil you know: Gina has man­aged to cause her sis­ter all kinds of bother

Pick and col­lect: The bailiffs storm in and round up Sally’s be­long­ings

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