Hollyoaks’ Jennifer Metcalfe Reveals Stillbirth Storyline ‘Made Her Cry For The First Time In Two Years’

'The emotion was already in the scripts, I just needed to bring those words to life.'

Jennifer Metcalfe has starred in ‘Hollyoaks’ for an impressive 10 years, and the actress has now revealed which of her character’s storylines hit her like no other.

Last year, we saw Mercedes McQueen’s baby was stillborn and speaking on AOL Build, Jennifer opened up about how she reacted when reading the scripts for the first time.

<strong>Jennifer appeared on the show with her co-stars Anna Passey and Jamie Lomas</strong>
Jennifer appeared on the show with her co-stars Anna Passey and Jamie Lomas
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“You work with charities and they help you as much as they can to make it real, but half of it, you are second guessing,” she admitted.

“The writer who wrote my stillbirth storyline had been through a similar experience herself, so I read all five episodes together, sat on my couch.

“I hadn’t cried in two years, and cut to two hours later, I’m a blubbing mess.

“I got a lump in my throat and thought, ‘oh, I’m not crying am I?’

“Next minute, I’m in floods of tears. It was so touching and so real. The emotion was already there, I just needed to take the words and bring it to life a little bit.”

<strong>Mercedes' brother John Paul McQueen was by her side in the hospital scenes </strong>
Mercedes' brother John Paul McQueen was by her side in the hospital scenes
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Jennifer won huge praise from fans and critics following the storyline, which saw her character lose the baby she was expecting with Joe Roscoe.

The actress appeared on AOL Build with Jamie Lomas and Anna Passey, ahead of the soap’s much-hyped Halloween Spooktacular episode.

The trio are part of a huge series of (top secret) stunts that are included in the show, and Jennifer also opened up about the one thing that caused problems during filming.

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