Neighbours spoilers follow for UK viewers.
Neighbours star Takaya Honda has spoken to Digital Spy about the return of Brent Colefax and Emmett Donaldson – and whether the siblings could ever be Ramsay Street regulars.
Next week's episodes on Channel 5 see Brent (Texas Watterston) and Emmett (Ezra Justin) both return to Erinsborough as part of a new storyline for popular couple David Tanaka and Aaron Brennan.
David and Aaron (Matt Wilson) are shocked when they find Brent sleeping rough in their shed. Before long, Emmett also comes back to the Street to check up on his brother's latest predicament.
Speaking to Digital Spy about the decision to write the characters back in, Takaya explained: "Truthfully, before they'd even finished filming the first time around, we knew that the producers were going to try to bring them back – just because they were so good.
"COVID really kicked off in Australia in the first week we shot with Ezra, but he didn't skip a beat. It was so great to watch how such a young actor didn't get flustered by the situation. His performance was so great and he brings such a life to Emmett. Texas brings such a life to Brent as well.
"So before they were even finished on set, both Matt and I had chats with the executive producer saying: 'They've got to come back. It's too short a period for these two'.
"The story is so great and the dynamic between the four of us is so strong. So I wasn't shocked they were coming back, but I was very happy."
Since Brent and Emmett's return scenes aired in Australia last month, some fans have been calling for them to become Neighbours regulars.
Asked whether he'd be in favour of this, Takaya replied: "I would love it to happen. It depends whether these two young, brilliant actors want to stay on the show, in a way!
"I think the show would love to have them around, but it's whether the storyline works or not, because we do have a 'Daaron baby' on its way as well, via Nicolette.
"I think it's a complicated future with them in it, but David and Aaron are willing to give it a go. Hopefully Brent and Emmett are too – and Texas and Ezra are."
Takaya also revealed what Channel 5 viewers can expect when Brent pops up unexpectedly next week.
He laughed: "As anyone would expect when someone jumps out of your shed, David and Aaron are quite shocked by it! The questions fly through their brains over why he is there and why he isn't with his aunt. Something bad must have happened for him to be in the situation, so they're shocked, to say the least.
"Last time around, Brent did some things that crossed a line for David and Aaron, which led to him leaving. But Paul has been the one to teach David to give people second chances, since he's given Paul about 14 chances by now!
"David knows that people can turn around and do the right thing. He's open to helping Brent become a better person, as the current path he's on is quite terrifying to imagine.
"David and Aaron feel a responsibility to take care of him, even though he's 18 now and out of the foster care system. It highlights how people get out of the foster care system because they turn 18, but they're nowhere near ready to be taking care of themselves."
Asked whether Brent turns up because he knows David and Aaron's house is a safe space, Takaya joked: "He might have just known that we keep the shed unlocked! Maybe an unconscious part of Brent thought David and Aaron would find him and help him.
"Even if they do find him, Brent knows they're not going to throw him to the police – the worst is that they'll just tell him to go away.
"There's a sense of safety Brent feels about the house, but after how they left things last time, he knows he couldn't just knock on the door. I don't think his pride would let him do that, either."
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and weekdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).
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