Gina: will Dev be understanding?
AS GINA’S FELLA LEARNS ABOUT HER BIPOLAR, CONNIE HYDE IS DOUBTING THE FUTURE OF HER CHARACTER’S RELATIONSHIP…
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?
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Pick and collect: The bailiffs storm in and round up Sally’s belongings