Stephanie Davis has opened up on her character Sinead O’Connor’s traumatic return to Hollyoaks.
The 26 year old made her return to the Channel 4 soap last year after being sacked in 2015.
Viewers have witnessed her character struggle in a manipulative relationship with her husband, Laurie.
But the mother-of-one has admitted that she found it “hard” to film the scenes, reliving moments from her real life relationship with ex-boyfriend Jeremy McConnell.
Speaking to new! magazine , she said: “I was like ‘Are you lot writing my life story here?! I’ve just got happy and now you’re making me relive it all!’ It was hard. I really struggled with parts of the storyline. But I have found it cathartic, too.
“I had to tap back into the emotions I didn’t want to tap back into. I’d closed the book on that chapter, but to make this story believable, I just had to go back into it. I had to be strong. Hopefully people will see that when they watch it.”
She continued: “I struggled with all of it. I found it challenging, mentally. It brought up so many things and it made my anxiety really bad at one point.
“It was scary acting it out. I’d forgotten what it was like, but now I see it so clearly, being in a different headspace. All the manipulation scenes brought it back.”
But the hardship has been worth it, with Steph revealing she has received hundreds of messages of support from viewers.
She said: “I’ve had hundreds of messages from girls who can identify with the storyline. Even when I was going through my hell ages ago, I was trying to help people. And now I get a lot of support from the public.
“They can see I’m just a normal girl who’s been through it. They can see how relatable I am. I used to wonder why it happened to me, but I feel like God put me through it because I have a platform and now I can help people.”
For Stephanie’s full interview, pick up a copy of this week’s new! magazine — out now.
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