Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks' Courtney Campbell and Sid Sumner's relationship has taken a rather different turn over the past few weeks, with Sid coming to harbour feelings for his teacher as she has supported him through his partial leg amputation.
Caring Courtney (Amy Conachan) has been encouraging Sid (Billy Price) to pursue his career goal of joining the police and Sid recently misread the signals and kissed his teacher. Despite Courtney telling Sid that his behaviour had been inappropriate, Sid continues to harbour feelings for Courtney and the situation takes another turn next week when Sid lies about the nature of their relationship.
Actress Amy Conachan, who plays Hollyoaks High teacher Courtney, has revealed to Inside Soap that Courtney definitely has no romantic feelings toward her student.
"She had no idea Sid had feelings for her," she said. "So she was shocked and embarrassed, and aware Sid probably felt the same. Courtney works in a school, so she knows teens do silly things, and just shrugs it off."
In upcoming scenes, Sid will snap a photo of himself and Courtney while they chat and share it online. This leads to Courtney facing trouble at work as she is questioned over her relationship with Sid during her interview for the deputy headteacher job.
But Amy revealed that Courtney won't be condemning Sid for his behaviour, explaining that her character is understanding of the teen's confused feelings.
"I feel bad for Sid! And I think Courtney does too, she's emotionally aware and mature," the actress explained. "Her job is to work with kids, so she realises why Sid spreads the rumours and takes the photo. So while she's angry, she understands and loves him anyway."
She continued: "I think Sid's problem at the moment is that he can't distinguish between caring for someone and having a crush on them. But Sid's been through a lot in a short amount of time, and all while being a teenager – it's a lot to deal with."
Hollyoaks has portrayed student-teacher relationships before, most notably in the case of Becca Dean and Justin Burton's troubled romance in 2006. But could Courtney and Sid be heading toward a two-way romantic relationship?
"It would be a real shame if it got to that stage," Amy said. "And it would be strange if anything else developed, as Courtney has been a maternal figure towards Sid. But you never know what's around the corner..."
Will Sid's infatuation get Courtney into serious trouble?
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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