Neighbours star Sharon Johal has addressed missing character Jay Rebecchi, urging writers to "do their thing" and introduce her off-screen son.
Despite the Rebecchi family moving to Erinsborough back in 2017, Jay has only been referenced to and is yet to be seen in-person on the soap.
But, speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, the Dipi actress seems keen on seeing Jay finally join his family on-screen.
"Of course!" she said. "I personally as an actor have found it very hard to reconcile Dipi not having her middle child living with the family.
"She is a strong mother bear figure and would protect her lion cubs at any cost, but Jay isn't there. There has to be a big juicy reason – writers, do your thing!"
Sharon also spoke about the current Mackenzie Hargreaves storyline and her being embraced by the Rebecchi family, explaining that she's proud of Dipi's on-screen role as a positive trans ally.
"I am an activist and lawyer outside of Neighbours and my goal and dream has always been to make positive change whenever and wherever I can and I am honoured that I have been able to do that through storytelling and this magnificent storyline," she said.
"I believe it is important to tell positive trans stories including that of support, and I am so happy Dipi's views and beliefs in this regard are in line with mine personally!
"I really feel for Mackenzie – her mother has passed and her father is absent – which is why I always give Grant such a hard time. We will always be there for Mackenzie."
Sharon also spoke of the "whole new world" of restrictions on set amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, noting that "everything has changed but the essence of the show has been the same". The cast and crew have been split into two parts to minimise contact and observe social distancing guidelines.
"Our production team, management crew and cast have adapted incredibly and we have a plethora of safety precautions and measures in places to protect each other and our community," she explained.
"It can get a little isolating at times though, I miss the other side of the cast and crew and we literally spend the least amount of time at work as possible so as to minimise exposure. I also really miss touching people, that’s so hard not to do!"
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).
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