Neighbours star Rebekah Elmaloglou has revealed how fan power led to Terese Willis and Paul Robinson finally becoming a stable couple.
After a "will they / won't they?" dynamic which ran for years, Terese and Paul have taken a chance on each other in 2019 by settling down and getting married.
Rebekah and co-star Stefan Dennis, who plays Paul, had often called for their characters to stay apart in order to keep their dynamic fresh and interesting.
Speaking to Digital Spy about why that changed, Rebekah laughed: "We said that for years – we said that for so long! We were the ones going to the producers and saying: 'No, don't put them together, people will get really bored!'
"But Neighbours' producer, Jason Herbison, made a trip to the UK and did some market research. It turned out that a lot of people were saying: 'Okay, we've had enough now, we just want them together'.
"That's what made him decide that Paul and Terese should get married. Stefan and I thought about it and agreed that they should do it.
"We didn't want it to be a happily-ever-after, obviously, but we wanted to put some power into this power couple."
Promising more drama and hurdles to come, Rebekah continued: "It'll never get boring. That's what we were scared of. But things will always pop up."
Neighbours viewers can expect an interesting few weeks ahead for Terese, as she becomes tempted to drink again after being forced to stand down from her job at Lassiters.
Off-screen, Rebekah has played the role of Terese since 2013, sticking with the soap after the departures of several on-screen family members.
When we asked about Terese becoming a mainstay character alongside the "core four" of Karl, Susan, Toadie and Paul, Rebekah said: "I honestly do hope so! When I signed up, I thought: 'Oh gosh, I could only do a year'. But that was mostly because I was based with my family in Sydney and it was the thought of moving down to Melbourne.
"Now, seven years later, my husband and my son live down here, we've bought a house and we can't imagine living back up in Sydney.
"I love my job and I'm very honoured. I pinch myself every day over how lucky I am to have full-time work, with a fabulous crew and cast and a great character who's always fun to play.
"You do see that a lot of the young characters come and go. It's a tricky industry and you never know what's around the corner.
"But at this stage, I am definitely 100% committed to the show and really couldn't see myself doing anything else at this stage. I really do love it and they're all magnificent to work with."
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).
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