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Richardson: 'No stereotypes in 'Oaks plot'
Topic Started: Oct 16 2010, 09:43 PM (390 Views)
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Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson has revealed that he vowed not to "camp up" his performances after hearing that his character Ste Hay would have a gay storyline.

In next week's episodes, viewers will see Ste kiss his sinister boss Brendan Brady (Emmett Scanlan) after a night out, marking the beginning of a troubled and turbulent relationship for the pair.

As their complex romance progresses in the weeks ahead, Ste will become the victim of domestic violence as Brendan takes his secret self-loathing out on his new partner.

Speaking to Digital Spy about how viewers have reacted to news of the plot, Richardson commented: "I think it's nice that the fans have just accepted Ste being gay straight away, because I was worried that it wouldn't be believable because of him being a real straight character in the past and a bit of a scally.

"But I think the nice thing is that Danny Miller has portrayed a scally-type character who's gay in Emmerdale, so I think people have accepted it a lot more. Now I'm just really excited about the storyline."

He continued: "When you know that your character's turning gay, you can kind of play to that stereotype and camp it up a bit, but I thought that in order to be true to the character, I had to fight against that. I wanted to play it completely Ste, completely straight, with no changes except that he likes men now.

"I also think what's nice about the storyline is that it isn't the same as any other soap sexuality storyline, because Ste doesn't question his sexuality and it's not about a struggle - it's about domestic abuse in a gay relationship, and that hasn't been done on a soap before."

Ste and Brendan's first kiss will be screened in next Wednesday's episode of the Channel 4 soap.

http://www.digitalspy.com/soaps/s13/hollyoaks/news/a282403/richardson-no-stereotypes-in-oaks-plot.html
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I'm glad Kieron hasn't changed his performance, but I don't think you can ever say a story has no stereotypes. Gay men beating each other up is in some ways as much of a stereotype as anything else.
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