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Entertainment Emmerdale newcomer Paige Sandhu says newcomer Meena will have enemies

14:25  24 september  2020
14:25  24 september  2020 Source:   digitalspy.com

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Emmerdale newcomer Paige Sandhu has revealed more details of her character Meena, warning that she's likely to make enemies in the village.

Thursday's double bill (September 24) sees Paige make her first appearance as Meena, who's the estranged sister of established character Manpreet Sharma.

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Meena hopes for a reconciliation with Manpreet (Rebecca Sarker) when she visits the village, wanting to make amends for a past argument that drove them apart.

Manpreet struggles to forgive Meena over the past, while her husband Rishi (Bhasker Patel) is baffled by the entire situation as he didn't know that she had a sister.

a person standing next to a tree: Meena in Emmerdale © ITV Meena in Emmerdale

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Speaking to Digital Spy and other media about what's to come, Paige explained: "Meena is the polar opposite to Manpreet. Where Manpreet is responsible, very empathetic and reliable, you'd not think any of those things about Meena. She's great to play.

"I'd describe her as wild and very intelligent in the way she can manipulate people to do what she wants. She knows how to work people and she's a chameleon, depending on who she's talking to. She wonders: 'What can I get out of this person?' So she's really fun to play.

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"Meena comes to the village because she wants a reconciliation with Manpreet, but there's always some selfish reason behind all she does. But the reason that she says she's there is that she wants to reconcile with her sister.

"I would say with Meena, there's always a selfish desire underneath what can seem a shiny veneer. There's always something else going on, which is the interesting and complex thing about her."

a person smiling for the camera: Meena in Emmerdale © ITV Meena in Emmerdale

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Asked how Meena and Manpreet's reunion goes, Paige replied: "Not great, it's super awkward! Especially for Meena, because she's the person that has caused this rift between them. She's the younger sister and I think there's something about being the younger sister where you fall into being slightly lower down the hierarchy sometimes.

"I think Meena can feel that Manpreet is the epitome of all that's good and great and Meena never quite hits the mark. So I think some of those emotions come up for her.

"Meena has grown up with a sister who's a high-flying, responsible doctor, the perfect daughter that any parents would want. Meena's never been like that. There are deep-seated insecurities there as she feels she's not good enough, but it's all covered up with this bravado.

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"There are subtleties through scenes, especially when you find out more about her past. She's carrying the weight of quite a few depressing years. All of that makes her the most perfect and fun character to play."

a man and a woman walking down a street: Rishi Sharma and Meena in Emmerdale © ITV Rishi Sharma and Meena in Emmerdale

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Paige also predicted a mixed reaction from viewers when Meena joins the village.

She said: "I think Meena might cause division. I feel like if I was watching someone play this character, then I wouldn't like the character! Playing her, I love her and I think everyone should love her, but she does things where you wonder: 'What are you doing Meena, really?' So I can imagine she's going to annoy some people!

"I can see her making enemies with a lot of people in the village, too. In scenes I have filmed so far, Meena has already annoyed some people. Any woman who's strong and powerful will be annoyed by Meena. She likes to wind people up, especially women, and flirt with men.

"Meena gets on the wrong side of Dawn and a few other people! I can see her making friends too, though. I think she has a nice friendship with Liam and Rishi. She really likes Rishi in a friendly way as he is so sweet and kind. There's no pretence, he is what he is."

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

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