Louisa Clein: Emmerdale kisses with Joe Warren-Plant are difficult
29 March 2019 - 6:00 PM

Louisa Clein: Emmerdale kisses with Joe Warren-Plant are difficult

Share article:

Louisa Clein admits it has been "difficult" filming her kissing scenes with Joe-Warren Plant for their "Emmerdale" grooming storyline.

The 40-year-old star's alter ego, teacher Maya Stepney, has been grooming her 15-year-old student Jacob Gallagher - played by 16-year-old actor Joe-Warren Plant - for weeks with things developing to a full sexual relationship between the pair, despite Maya dating Jacob's stepdad David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden).

Louisa admits it has awkward playing the character because of the intimacy that's been required between her and Joe-Warren but she has nothing but praise for her teenage co-star for the way he has handled the powerful plot.

Speaking to What's On TV, Louisa - who has worked with children's charity Barnardo's to research the part - said: "It is difficult, but Joe Warren-Plant is a joy to work with and he's so mature for his age. He's been on the show for such a long time and has been working with adults since he was eight years old, so he's very happy around adults. You wouldn't necessarily pin him as 16 when you met him.

"Of course it's awkward, but the scriptwriters are very sensitive to that, as are the directors and producers. We're all very conscious of not making it (the scenes) sexually titillating. Any form of intimacy doesn't need to be sexy. It's about the implied emotional intimacy, which is the creepy bit in a way.

Matthew Wolfenden doesn't mind if he has another son instead of a daughter

Matthew Wolfenden doesn't mind if he has another son instead of a daughter

17 June 2019 - 3:00 PM

Matthew Wolfenden doesn't mind if he has another son instead of a daughter

"It's got to be that way. And Barnardo's were very happy when we told them the way we were going to play the story through."

Louisa also assured viewers of the ITV soap that the intention of the story is to indicate that such cases of grooming are wrong and insisted the relationship between the two characters is in no way a "beautiful, romantic story".

Charley Webb 'so tired' during latest pregnancy

Charley Webb 'so tired' during latest pregnancy

13 June 2019 - 11:00 AM

Charley Webb 'so tired' during latest pregnancy

She explained: "I think they were nervous that it would be turned into a beautiful, romantic story, like, "If only they were nearer the same age..." But we were very clear that we want to tell the story that this is wrong and something that shouldn't be let go of. There needs to be some form of retribution."

Joe Garratt and Elma Pazar dumped from Love Island villa
18 June 2019

Joe Garratt and Elma Pazar dumped from Love Island villa

Joe Garratt and Elma Pazar dumped from Love Island villa
Suzette Llewellyn joins EastEnders
18 June 2019

Suzette Llewellyn joins EastEnders

Suzette Llewellyn joins EastEnders
Amber Gill's mother called ITV after star received 'death threats'
18 June 2019

Amber Gill's mother called ITV after star received 'death threats'

Amber Gill's mother called ITV after star received 'death threats'
Lucie Donlan's mum insists she should stay on Love Island
18 June 2019

Lucie Donlan's mum insists she should stay on Love Island

Lucie Donlan's mum insists she should stay on Love Island
Maura Higgins and Elma Pazar argue over Tom Walker
18 June 2019

Maura Higgins and Elma Pazar argue over Tom Walker

Maura Higgins and Elma Pazar argue over Tom Walker
Emily Atack won't feel 'fully complete' until she has kids
18 June 2019

Emily Atack won't feel 'fully complete' until she has kids

Emily Atack won't feel 'fully complete' until she has kids
Olivia Attwood insists people don't go on Love Island to find 'The One'
18 June 2019

Olivia Attwood insists people don't go on Love Island to find 'The One'

Olivia Attwood insists people don't go on Love Island to find 'The One'
Jamie Murray's wife won't let him compete on Strictly Come Dancing
18 June 2019

Jamie Murray's wife won't let him compete on Strictly Come Dancing

Jamie Murray's wife won't let him compete on Strictly Come Dancing
ITV plan Winter Love Island
18 June 2019

ITV plan Winter Love Island

ITV plan Winter Love Island
Ash Palmisciano celebrates 1-year Emmerdale anniversary
18 June 2019

Ash Palmisciano celebrates 1-year Emmerdale anniversary

Ash Palmisciano celebrates 1-year Emmerdale anniversary
John Partridge lands Cabaret role
18 June 2019

John Partridge lands Cabaret role

John Partridge lands Cabaret role
Kerri Quinn enjoys acting alongside 'hottest man on TV' Tristan Gemmill
18 June 2019

Kerri Quinn enjoys acting alongside 'hottest man on TV' Tristan Gemmill

Kerri Quinn enjoys acting alongside 'hottest man on TV' Tristan Gemmill