Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Dolly Rose Campbell interview: Chesney, Henry and The Rovers Return


Have Gemma and Chesney made up since their fall out?

Chesney is one of her best friends and even though things haven’t been great between them since Gemma’s fling with Tyrone because he struggled to forgive her, when he sees that she is upset he manages to put that aside and comfort her over the terrible news that Henry has got engaged.

Has she ever thought of Ches as anything other than a friend?

Yes it did go through her mind after she broke up with Henry but when Fiz said that he seemed embarrassed at the idea Gemma took that to mean that he wasn’t interested. Other people can see that they would make a good pairing but for many different reasons it hasn’t happened. There is always an obstacle in the way.

Does Cathy think they should be together?

Yes Cathy knows that they are destined to be together and she wants to give it a helping hand along the way.

When Chesney asks her to go out for lunch what does she think?

She doesn’t read anything into it at all, she just thinks he is being a mate and he is trying to cheer her up and she actually forgets about the lunch and Cathy has to remind her. She finds Gemma having a pie and tells her she should be out with Chesney.

Is she genuinely upset about Henry?

Yes she had kept her hopes up because he had been in touch with her all this time, she did still dare to think that something might happen between them. She knew it started out as a bet but she does want to believe that he has feelings for her. But Gemma doesn’t have an awful lot of confidence so to hear he has got engaged was a real blow for her.

Has this proved to her yet again that she doesn’t deserve anything good?

Yes she had let herself believe that she maybe was worthy of being with someone like him and now he has gone for a posh girl she feels stupid and thinks she should have realised that of course he would end up with one of his own kind.

What happens when he comes in to the restaurant?

Chesney is just at the point where he is about to tell Gemma how he feels and that he wants the lunch meet up to be a date when Henry arrives out of the blue.

Do you think the viewers will be rooting for Chesney?

Yes I do, I know from the reaction I get in the street that they will be shouting at their TV for Chesney to tell Gemma how he feels and not let Henry muscle back in. There are a lot of people who would like to see Gemma and Chesney get together. That is the question that I am asked the most when I am out and about.

Would you like them to get together?

I wouldn’t want it to happen too soon as it is fun having the will they won’t they story, it is interesting to keep it bubbling for now and the viewers have enjoyed the Henry Gemma storyline.

What does Henry say?

He tells her his parents had forced him to get engaged and he wasn't happy about it as he is still in love with Gemma. She isn’t sure whether to believe him and ends up leaving the Bistro and tells him to get lost but Henry wants to prove that he is telling the truth and that he does care for her.

What does he do to try and make her believe him?

In the end he tries to impress her with the grand romantic gesture of offering to buy the Rovers for them both to run as a business. 

Do you think that might convince her?

I think it could, not out of being materialistic but just out of realising that if he is willing to do that he must care. But she is terrified of being let down again.

What do her friends think? 

Cathy and Chesney say that they aren’t sure he can be trusted after everything that has happened and that really does make her scared. She is really torn and doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t want to hear it from them even though she is thinking it herself. 

Does she think this could be the happy ending to her Cinderella story?

It would be a new start for her, going into business doing something that she really enjoys with a man like Henry at her side. She could never have dreamed that could happen to her.

Do you think it could work despite the class divide?

I think it would make some very interesting stories if Gemma and Henry got together, it would be a bit like My Fair Lady. I don’t know if she could be changed though, I think she is a bit set in her ways and he does like that she is a bit of a breath of fresh air, she is real and more grounded and completely different to him and not after his money.

Do you think that there is more to Henry than meets the eye?

He didn’t come in with the best intentions regarding Gemma but this grand gesture could show that he does care and he wants to make a life with her. But there is something else going on and she probably should be wary of him.

Did you ever imagine when you joined the show that you would be looking at potentially running the Rovers?

Gemma from the Dog and Gun running the Rovers, no I would never in my wildest dreams think that could happen,even when I got the scripts where they were discussing it I didn't believe it, I was chuffed to bits. Jack and Vera were my favourite landlord and landlady and no one would have ever though they could do it but they did.

Who do you think Gemma should choose?

I don’t have an answer for that, Gemma should always take care of herself and do what is right for her. She is a strong character, she knows who she is that doesn’t mean she can’t be fooled from time to time, she has a big heart. She comes from the wrong side of the tracks and she wants to prove to people that she is as good as the, Rita has put her faith in her and that meant a lot. She looks at other women in the street like Liz and wants to be like that, so to have that opportunity to prove her worth would mean a lot her her. It should be more about that than being defined by what man she chooses.

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