IT IS ENTERTAINMENT, OF COURSE – BUT OUR TV PROGRAMME IS ALSO A SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
The Possibility Club podcast looks behind the curtain at who is driving change in business, culture and education.
Richard Freeman’s special guest this week is Anna Passey.
Anna is best known for her role as Sienna Blake in the British Channel 4 soap opera, Hollyoaks – a part she has played on screen since 2012.
Initially appearing for a one-off story line, Anna’s portrayal of Sienna has evolved into an increasingly complex study of action and reaction, femininity, abuse, sympathy and villainy. Anna has won awards for her work in the series, with nominations for Best Actress at the last two British Soap Awards.
Hollyoaks is mainly aimed at teenagers and young adults, and we talk about the responsibility of the show when it tackles challenging life themes, such as cancer, kidknap and domestic violence. We also consider Anna’s many roles – as private Anna, Anna the soapstar with 400,000 Twitter and Instagram followers, and as Sienna Blake who will seem utterly real to loyal Hollyoaks viewers.
Richard and Anna recorded this conversation at the end of March, so she understandably does not mention that her character is about to be killed off – but then resurrected – as this would have spoiled the fun.
They talk about the show’s responsibility to its audience and whether she feels that her celebrity means that she now has a platform upon which to affect change she might want to see in the world, or whether it is a slippery path full of people trying to trip her up.