Hollyoaks' Ross Adams reveals 'different' way of filming ahead of soap's return

Hollyoaks star Ross Adams has opened up about what its like to be back at work now that the serial drama has resumed production.

The Channel 4 soap was forced to shut down amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and episodes were subsequently rationed out at three a week, as opposed to the usual five, in an effort to ensure it remained on the air for as long as possible.

However, the weekly instalments were later cut down to two, and the final pre-lockdown episode aired July 20.

Production has since resumed, and the serial drama will return to screens later this year, and Metro.co.uk caught up with actor Ross — who portrays Scott Drinkwell — to discuss what it’s like being back at work after lockdown.

Ross told us: ‘God, I’m so happy to get back to work! It’s been really nice.

‘The nicest thing is probably seeing people again. Seeing all the people that I work with a lot, and seeing people that I don’t work with that often.

‘I’m really close to Steph Waring — who plays Cindy — we speak on the phone every day.  We don’t really work together — I think we’ve probably done about three scenes in six years!

‘Before lockdown we’d see each other a lot, so it’s nice being in work and being actually able to see Steph in person, as I’ve not been able to see her during lockdown.

‘And just seeing the crew, and getting back to doing what we all love to do. That’s just been amazing. It’s just been amazing to see everyone!

Hollyoaks — like all soaps — have had safety measures implemented on set in accordance with government guidelines, and while you might think this could prove a bit jarring, Ross reckons it won’t be all that noticeable when the soap returns.

He continued: ‘A lot of people were maybe a bit nervous about how things would be different when we went back — like the government guidelines — but I think the way that we’ve worked through it is really good. 

‘People may notice things on-screen that don’t quite look the same as before, but I think the vast majority of people who will watch it, won’t notice anything at all, which is amazing really!

‘I think obviously the big one is we’re all doing our own hair and make-up now, so thankfully, since I’ve been back there’s been no more Anita Tinkle in any scenes that I’ve picked up recently. There’s no way I could do that on my own!

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‘Other than that, in terms of how we work — going on to the floor, doing a live-run then a block through and then a crew rehearsal and then we shoot it — that’s all exactly the same.

‘There’s just obviously measures that have been put in place now to accommodate all the other government guidance. It’s different, but it doesn’t feel weird. It’s nice to be back!’

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