Exclusive: Hollyoaks star Gabriel Clark discusses life-changing episode for Ollie

Daniel Kilkelly
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From Digital Spy

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Hollyoaks star Gabriel Clark has spoken to Digital Spy about Ollie Morgan's future, as the show continues to explore his character's troubled state of mind.

Ollie is one of the characters taking centre stage in a special mental health episode this week, as his father Luke (Gary Lucy) tries to convince him to go to rehab.

The teenager has become dependent on ketamine in recent months and is currently sleeping rough as he can't face going home.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about Ollie's struggles, Gabriel explained: "He's got no-one and nowhere to go. Ollie's quest to bring down Victor served as a temporary distraction for him. It gave him a focus and a drive, yet when it was all over, he got sort of lost and slipped away.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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"Ste and James were getting together, and Ollie knew he couldn't stay at the Lomaxes' forever. Sid was back, Juliet and Peri were reunited, but Ollie is still kicked out of his house and Brooke and Imran didn't want anything to do with him.

"Ollie really feels like he's got no-one and that no-one cares."

In Hollyoaks' special episode, Luke persists with Ollie by insisting on spending a night sleeping rough with him in his secret hideout.

Luke continues to encourage Ollie to consider rehab, but also takes the opportunity to confide in his son about his own struggles. Luke speaks about being raped as a teenager and his ongoing concerns over his dementia.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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Gabriel continued: "At first, Ollie really didn't want to see his dad. Ollie's been through a near-death situation and Luke was nowhere to be seen. Now all of a sudden, his dad turns up, but the last time they saw each other Luke was kicking him out. As far as Ollie is concerned, their relationship is over.

"Ollie also, wrongly, sees going to rehab as giving in. To ask for help is such an important decision to make and takes a lot of strength. This week we'll really see what it could take for him to realise this.

"When Luke discusses his past, I think this really shocks Ollie. It's this that takes Ollie back. He's being spoken to like an adult by someone he thinks only sees him as a child.

"Ollie starts to see much more of himself in his dad. They've both been through very unique, traumatising experiences and carried the weight of that with them. In this moment, they both explore what carrying that means.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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"I felt really pleased when I read the script and saw how it was being approached. The format of a continuing drama means that we've been able to gradually, and responsibly, build to this story over months of episodes and it means so much to me to be able to tell it."

Asked whether he'd like Ollie to get his life back on track, Gabriel replied: "As an actor, the best thing is when you get to work with material that allows you to be truthful, that's the most important thing. Of course, I'd love him to start having some happier moments, but those happy moments don't feel as important unless we explore the sad ones too."

Hollyoaks airs its special episode tonight (April 6) at 7pm on E4 and tomorrow (April 7) at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

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