Mum’s the word for Scott Hol­lyoaks

scott’s out of hos­pi­tal and he’s de­lighted MUM Mag­gie wants to bond with him. but it could all go wrong, warns ross adams…

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Fol­low­ing his sec­ond sui­cide at­tempt, Scott Drinkwell is dis­charged from hos­pi­tal and ready for a fresh start. What re­ally bol­sters him is the fact he has his fam­ily around him. But are they re­ally all act­ing in his best in­ter­ests? ‘He’s over the Moon when his mum, Mag­gie Kin­sella, an­nounces she wants to have a re­la­tion­ship with him,’ ac­tor Ross Adams tells Soaplife. ‘Brody Hud­son’s sus­pi­cious of her mo­tives, but Scott isn’t. It’s all he’s ever wanted.’ Does Mag­gie re­ally want the best for Scott?

How’s Scott feel­ing now he’s been let out of hos­pi­tal?

He’s feel­ing very pos­i­tive. He’s got his brother and his bi­o­log­i­cal mum and he thinks things are start­ing to go well for him at long last. He fi­nally feels a sense of peace and hap­pi­ness.

Why is it so im­por­tant for him to bond with Mag­gie?

He’s al­ways felt like an out­sider and it floored him when he found out Lynette wasn’t his real mum. All he’s ever wanted is to be part of a fam­ily. Since he found out he was adopted, he’s felt lost. This is the first time he’s had a sense of be­long­ing.

Clearly, he’s still quite frag­ile…

Yes, of course he is. He’s prob­a­bly the last per­son you’d ex­pect to ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal­health is­sues, but we’ve seen his hu­mour is part of his cop­ing mech­a­nism. Be­hind all that blus­ter and bravado, he’s quite frag­ile and his last sui­cide at­tempt wasn’t that long af­ter the first. A lot of peo­ple, like Diane Hutchin­son, are wor­ried about him. And rightly so.

What does he want from Mag­gie?

He wants her to take an in­ter­est in him. When he comes out of hos­pi­tal, Mag­gie of­fers to go to the the­atre with him to watch a mu­si­cal. He’s su­per-im­pressed with that be­cause he feels like she knows he’s into mu­si­cals. He’s like, ‘Wow, my mum wants to come and see Hair­spray with me! That’s amaz­ing!’

Some peo­ple are sus­pi­cious of Mag­gie, aren’t they?

Yes, Diane is and so is Brody. Scott isn’t at all. He just wants to find out as much as he can about his mum and his dad. He’s des­per­ate to cram in as much time with her as he can.

Could it all go hor­ri­bly wrong?

There’s al­ways that po­ten­tial with Hol­lyoaks and Scott’s al­ways been a bit of a vic­tim. He’s been so un­lucky in love and there’s been a cat­a­logue of re­jec­tion. It would be lovely for him to find some sta­bil­ity.

Do you en­joy film­ing the heavy sto­ry­lines?

There were times when it was re­ally hard, such as the sui­cide episode. When you have to cry and give it your all, there are times you just want to crawl into bed when you get home.

Are you pleased that his fam­ily are on the scene?

Yes, be­cause for a long time, there was a whole side of Scott’s life that was un­ex­plored. I es­pe­cially like the fact he has a brother on the scene. That’s opened up a whole new side to him.

By Sally Brock­way

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