FROM a psychopathic serial killer to a clean-living cop, Dublin actor Emmett J Scanlan is relieved to be on the right side of the law for once.
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Tell us about your decision to leave Hollyoaks.
For me, It was the right time to leave, despite the show being in such a great place at the moment. I don’t find it daunting, but I like taking risks - Charlie Casanova was a risk, Hollyoaks was a risk and luckily they paid off, so I want to try taking a risk somewhere else. I’m in no rush though, whether that’s in 2 months-time or 2 years I don’t care, I’m in a really fortuitous position in my life.
Has Brendan’s exit storyline been everything you hoped it would be?
Absolutely, everything gets yanked up a few gears over the next couple of weeks. It’s the calm before the storm. There are stunts, high-drama and dialogue which you expect if it’s the end for Brendan Brady. I am confident everyone will do it justice - I feel very privileged to be part of it.
Will you be keeping in touch with anyone from the show?
There are a few beautiful souls that I’ll want to always keep in touch with. But the crew, the production, the people behind the camera, the non-actors - these are the real heroes of the show. They work incredibly hard and keep us actors employed. They’re a big reason for me staying the 2 and a half years I did.
How much of Brendan’s character is your creation?
Paul Marquees invented Brendan, and the writing team fleshed him out. They gave me range to play - it was always my job to pump life into him. This place allowed me to DO JUST THAT. Everything that Brendan is, is a direct result of everyone else. They just spoilt me by giving me a plethora of toys to play with.
What is your dream role for the future?
I just want to be able to leave behind a box set of characters that I’m proud of, which will inspire people, like Rocky did when I was a kid. I remember wanting to be the hero and that movie pushed me inside my imagination, which I’ve been lucky enough to live inside ever since.
Hollyoaks actor Emmett Scanlan’s time on the soap will come to an end next year.
The Diary has learned that the 32-year-old is set to say his goodbyes to the popular Channel 4 soap in January, after two years and countless awards as villainous Brendan Brady.
While he refused to confirm the rumours that the end is nigh for his character, Scanlan did tell The Diary that he is hoping to move to Hollywood for three months in 2013 in order to establish himself in the US.
And it’s thanks to his indie film Charlie Casanova, directed by Terry McMahon, that Scanlan is getting the opportunity.
“As a result of Charlie Casanova, I’ve got some meetings in LA. I’ll go over for a while next year and see how it goes,” Scanlan said.
3. Brendan spends most of Hollyoaks Later in a really dark place (like the Mick body chopping!), how do you get into the “Brendan Zone” for these scenes and leave it behind when you go home?
I wish it was that easy. Sometimes you take it home, unconsciously take it home… It filters out eventually. But it’s hard.. I can come to terms and go to those dark places if need be, quite easily. Letting go of it, I haven’t quite mastered. That’s not to say I go home and start cutting people up, I just ain’t the same guy!
When I did Charlie Casanova I didn’t know how to let go of him, and I brought him into my Hollyoaks job cause the turn over was so quick. He’s gone now but there was a time, a short period where Charlie and Brendan inhabited the same body… Emmett was like an absentee landlord.
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