Hollyoaks newcomer reveals all the details on Liberty's return
(Picture: Lime Pictures)

Liberty Savage is back in Hollyoaks – albeit with a brand new face. As Jessamay Stoddart takes on the role of the musical prodigy as she arrives back from LA, the first thing we will see is a cringe-tastic music video in which Liberty sings for someone to ‘blow her bubble’.

However, despite having a music video to her name, it will soon transpire that not all is well with Liberty and her adventures in LA haven’t gone the way that she wanted it to. As Dirk is surprised by her sudden desire to move back home, Milo Entwistle has developed a crush. But things suddenly take quite a turn when Liberty is bundled into the back of a mystery car!

We sat down to meet Jessamay and talk all about her arrival in the soap:

How does it feel to have joined the show?

Honestly, it’s amazing. I’m really learning so, so much. And the character is wild. It’s nice to play somebody that is so different to yourself, and to my usual casting.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Was it quite daunting taking over a character that already exists? Did you watch the previous Liberty at all?

I think it’s been quite a long time. I’d say it’s a bit of a reinvention as well, which is nice. You’re coming in with a new lease of life, as well. Because the character’s got another five years of life experience – in LA, of all places.

So I think she takes that little bit of the US with her, and brings this kind of avocado-loving party.

Liberty turns up with police in Hollyoaks
(Picture: Lime Pictures)

What was it like filming the music video for Blow My Bubble? Was it a bit awkward?

Honestly? It was the first thing I ever filmed. So I come in. And that was us just messing around, actually. That was sort of testing it out.

So Liberty was kind of written that she might be a little bit rubbish for this recast, because she was incredible before – just in case I came in and I wasn’t really a singer, as it was written. And then when I was like, ‘Oh, I do sing,’ they were like, ‘Oh, let’s mess around with some auto tune.’

We sort of collaborated on that together. I was sent some lyrics through and a bit of a tune. We were just messing around upstairs and seeing what we could do. Does she take herself really seriously? We did it completely seriously, in a real video. We had this cool outfit on, but it was actually blending in with the green screen because it was so bright. This is another thing you’ll find about Liberty. She’s not scared about mixing her patterns or colours!

But it was so clash-y, that I ended up in this fluffy pink dress with pink trainers. We were panning it with my feet, just giving it disco. It was really, really mental.

Have you always wanted to be in a soap? Has that been an ambition of yours?

Advertisement

Advertisement

I did theatre before. So it kind of came with a bit of a surprise. I was like, ‘I’d love to do some stuff on television. I’d love to do this.’ And then I got an audition. Within a week, it’s like, ‘You’re here.’

I think TV is something I definitely, definitely wanted to do. But I didn’t know it was going to happen in the way it happened or when it happened. It’s been quite a whirlwind, which I think is sometimes the best way, to throw yourself right in there.

What can you tell us about what Liberty’s been up to in the time she’s been away? Has she changed a lot as a person when she comes back?

Dirk is surprised to see Liberty back in Hollyoaks
(Picture: Lime Pictures)

I think because she’s such an open person, you could be fooled into thinking she’s got a screw loose, but a bit lighter – if you get my drift? But she has this real moral core. So she’s light and she’s fluffy.

However, you wouldn’t spend five years in LA and not gone through struggles. She’s not going to have been in consistent work, otherwise she’d be a movie star or would have a record deal. But we find out she’s had a few record deals and stuff like that.

So I think she’s really picked up her learning experience while she’s been away. But she just says yes to everything. She thinks everything is amazing. so if you would come to her, saying, ‘We’re going to try bring nursery rhymes into the modern world,’ she’d be like, ‘Oh my God, that’s the best idea ever. I can really hear dub step Humpty Dumpty.’

I think she is a breath of fresh air. You kind of know when someone’s coming on screen like, and you’re like, ‘Ah! She’s going to be fun.’

Advertisement

How does Dirk react to having her back in the village?

She’s a proper daddy’s girl, so I think it’s really warm. It’s been amazing to work with David. He’s been absolutely incredible and welcomed me straight in. So their relationship is gorgeous.

Could there be a romance on the horizon? Is there anyone that might blow her bubble at all?

I think her bubble would be easily blown within Hollyoaks! Like I said, she loves everything. So if someone shows her a bit of interest, I’m sure she’ll fall absolutely head over heels.

Did you know much about Hollyoaks when you joined?

That was quite hard, coming into it. Obviously, when you’re coming in as a recast, it’s like: ‘Right, let’s get a brief bit of history in there.’ Then I logged onto Wikipedia and was like, ‘This is not brief!’

So that was fun. Deciding where I had already been, who I already knew. So it’s quite nice when you’re seeing someone who’s been here for a long time, going to the actor and being like, ‘So, when you were here before with Liberty, did you know her? Did you like her?’

Because you can’t tell this just off Wikipedia. You have to ask. So that’s been really lovely, because there’s part of you that can create the character, and then there’s part of you that, you know, she was already here – so you have to follow along. There’s some stuff you already know, and then it’s what you can grow from it.

It’s also breaking the ice with your new cast members as well. Something to talk about. So have you found that everyone’s been very welcoming, from your friends and acquaintances?

So welcoming. And I’ve made friends really quickly, which I think is lovely. Everyone’s been so kind. I love Liverpool. I’d never been before. So yeah, everyone’s really friendly. Everyone will chat to everyone, no matter if you’re in at 7’o clock like this morning.

Advertisement

How much have they told you about the future plans for Liberty? Are there some big storylines coming up for her?

Honestly, I actually don’t know a huge amount. Really truly, I don’t. We’re taking each block of scripts as they come, really – seeing what events are on the horizon. When you’re new, a lot of the time you’re facilitating storylines, because you’re establishing a character. So I’m completely in the same place as you.

Your character is very positive, and obviously there’s going to be a lot of comedy with her as well. Hollyoaks do gritty stories and really serious ones. Is that something you’d like to tackle as well?

[embedded content]

I would love as many challenges as you can throw at me as possible. As Jessamy, I would love that. I think sometimes, some of the hardest and most exhilarating moments to watch are when someone can have that balance. When it’s coming from someone who you’ve known and loved to be this completely positive bubble-blower, to then have these things filtering through is electric to watch.

She gets involved with Milo…

Oh, Milo. I had him as in their family.  You’ll have some fun with them two together. They’re like the complete polar— and we look dead funny together as well. Yeah, they’re very, very cute.

Are you prepared for everyone to recognise your face when you’re outside the studio?

I have no idea what to expect, really. The other day, we just went for a bit of dinner, me and Amanda, who plays Holly. Someone was waving in the car. I see a lot of different faces every day. I can’t necessarily pinpoint if someone works in costume or somewhere else so I’m just waving back, but they weren’t waving at me.

So no, I’m not prepared, basically.

Does she get on well with Cindy, or is there some rivalry there maybe?

In her mind, she gets on well with everyone but if people get on with her is another question. But she thinks everyone’s amazing. Whatever they do, if there’s a monologue with a tiny bit of positivity, she’ll cling straight onto it. It’s like the rest didn’t happen. It’s so refreshing.

How positive are you in real life? Does that rub off on you that she loves absolutely everything? 

[embedded content]

I have to say, I’m quite a positive person. Usually, with what I wear, the monochrome mistress is my thing. I really don’t venture. Even with white sometimes, I’m like, ‘Ooh, daring.’

The other day, I bought really quite loud earrings and a stripy top. A few of my friends were like, ‘Have you had a bump to the head?’ So things like that are quite nice injections of her into my life, just from being with her every day.

Advertisement
Advertisement