Liberty Savage (Jessamay Stoddart) is set to find herself with a painful decision to make following the birth of her child in Hollyoaks – and it’s an outcome that will have vast consequences for her and Sienna Blake (Anna Passey).
As Liberty starts to bond with her baby and feel this immense love following the recent birth scenes, we will see her contemplate keeping her child for her own – which would destroy Sienna’s surrogacy dream. Either way, someone’s heart will be crushed…
Speaking about the birth scenes, Jessamay told Metro.co.uk: ‘It was actually my first day back at work! We’re all socially distanced – I can’t wait to see what it looks like on screen. Every single person was two metres apart but we have tricks to make it look like we’re closer together.
‘There was a lot to think about, certainly! Everything was quite overwhelming in the world so it was good to get back into something overwhelming at work too. Everyone was just like just suck it and see and we’ll see what happens!’
Before long, despite trying to avoid contact with the baby, Liberty starts to feel the strong love that only a mother can have. But where does this leave the arrangement with Sienna?
Jessamay sighed: ‘To start with, she completely denies herself any of those feelings. She doesn’t want to make a connection with the baby even though I think it’s bubbling away. And then there are complications and after that, the love really sets in hard and strong.
‘It will be extremely difficult – the most important person in her life to date is Sienna so she has this real juxtopisition because now she has this fierce love for this baby who has come from her. And I don’t think she was really expecting it, it throws her massively.
‘Everything with Liberty up to this point has revolved around Sienna and it still does. But she can’t hide that and she doesn’t know what the right and wrong thing to do. She is in the biggest dilemma of her life because she can’t hide those feelings for her child either. It’s going to be a really difficult time for Liberty and Sienna.’
With Sienna having a history of handling agonising situations badly and going off the rails, there is also the concern that Liberty could push her over the edge.
The actress agreed: ‘Definitely – it will be in her head somewhere. Sienna won’t take it lightly – Liberty is going through all of the best and worst case scenarios in her head and there’s no answer to this really.
‘Either way, whatever happens, this baby is going to be in Liberty’s life whether she gives it to Sienna or not – and she doesn’t know how she will handle that. It’s a tricky place to be in.
‘She is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. There’s no scenario where everyone can be truly happy. There’s so much overwhelming love involved.
‘Fans are very divided. I have seen them guessing the story for the next year – Liberty can get with Brody, Sienna can get with Warren and have the baby! They’ve got the whole next year plotted out! It’s very mixed – they get why Liberty feels this way but they also hope she doesn’t do it to Sienna. Especially with how Sienna can be – I’ll be locked in a dungeon in no time!’
Of course, it’s all change at Hollyoaks for what has been their weirdest possibly 25th year. And Jessamay is both delighted to be back at work but also sad to say a fond farewell to outgoing producer Bryan Kirkwood.
She explained: ‘It will be so hard! If you are cast by a producer they are your biggest champion aren’t they? It will be such a sad time. It’s so good to be back though and seeing everyone, even if we’re apart. Work is the safest environment possible – our cleaners are working every hour of the day. It’s so safe, and lovely and just a little feeling of familiarity. And as for the anniversary, it is definitely a week you don’t want to miss. It’s amazing to be part of it.’
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