It's a week packed full of drama and chaos this week on Neighbours, and actress Olympia Valance who plays Paige in the soap has spoken to us a little about what we can expect!
You've been with Neighbours for a few years now - how much are you enjoying your time on the show?
It's the best job in the world. I have so much fun every day with a fabulous cast and an amazing crew.
Can you tell us a little bit about a typical day on the set of Neighbours? If there are any 'typical' days!
Every day is different and can change in the blink of an eye. Generally, it always starts with an hour in hair and makeup, then we head to the Green Room to practice our lines. We can be called between studio and location at any point during the day, so we spend our time going back and forth.
At the end of the day I'll head home to unwind and spend time with my poodle, George.
What should we expect from your character Paige's relationship with Jack moving forward?
All I can say is there are lots of ups and downs…
How difficult is it for Paige to be in a relationship where religion holds such a huge precedence?
It's really tough, because how can Paige compete with Jack's love of God? Still, it doesn't stop Paige from trying to win Jack over; she loves him and she suspects that he loves her.
Paige is one of the people injured in the balloon flight sabotage - will there be big ramifications from her injuries and the incident for her?
Absolutely. [The] balloon storyline is huge - not just for Paige - but for several members of the cast. It will lead to a number of key storylines that will run for the next few weeks and months, as the repercussions of that accident are felt.
We're going to see Paige and Jack's relationship change once more after the sabotage - what will we see from the pair?
The trauma of the balloon accident forces Paige and Jack to address and confess their feelings for one another, probably for the first time ever. They then have to work out what that means for them, and that won't be as straightforward as it should be.
Can you give any hints as to what else viewers can expect from these explosive episodes this week and beyond?
They are a fantastic series of episodes. The cast got together in a local cinema to view them a few weeks ago and we were all gasping at the action, even those of us who were part of the show!
I don't want to say too much, but I can tell you that it will be sheer terror for the women of Ramsay Street and the men who find them after the crash. There will be some passengers who get away with a few bruises and scrapes, while others face life-threatening injuries. There'll be a moral dilemma for Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher), whose actions will come back to haunt him… And lots of soul searching.
Finally, what's next for you in the coming weeks and months?
For Paige, the repercussions of the balloon crash will have huge implications for her which we'll see play out over the next few months. For Olympia, I've got some fashion shoots coming up, and another trip to the UK potentially before the end of the year.
Neighbours airs on Channel 5, weekdays - 1.45pm & 5.30pm.
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