Entertainment Hollyoaks star on what he learned from show's unconscious bias episode
10 Hollyoaks spoilers for next week
What's next in the village?Next week on Hollyoaks, Sienna faces serious repercussions after stepping up her feud with Summer.
Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
star Richard Blackwood has opened up about the lessons he learned during the filming of the show's upcoming episode .
The special, which is set to air this Wednesday (April 14), will see Martine Deveraux () and Grace Black (Tamara Wall) seek medical advice after each finding a lump in their breast.
Both women will subsequently visit the hospital to uncover whether or not their respective lumps could be cancerous, but wind up having wildly different experiences due to the stereotypes placed upon them by those they come into contact with.
11 Hollyoaks spoilers for next week
What's next in the village?Next week on Hollyoaks, Diane's behaviour starts to spark concern as she struggles with obsessive thoughts.
On a new instalment of the Channel 4 soap's, Blackwood, who plays Martine's ex and Grace's current flame Felix Westwood, revealed that most of the microaggressions featured in the episode are ones he can relate to as a Black man, too.
That said, it shocked him to realise that he has unknowingly used some of the terms and phrases used by the individuals showcasing their unconscious bias towards Martine in the episode in real life.
"It's really weird because of all of those micros that were shown, I've been through, but in the previous ten years, it wasn't micro, it was just in your face. So it's nice that [writer] Karla [Marie Sweet] could teach me the new way that people are showing their racism.
Hollyoaks' Ki Griffin talks future of Ripley and Brooke storyline
Their bond is set to "bloom".Hollyoaks star Ki Griffin has revealed further details of what viewers have to look forward to in the ongoing Ripley Lennox and Brooke Hathaway storyline.
"One of the things that did stand out to me was [that] I'm guilty of calling Black women 'strong Black queens' and I always use it as a term of endearment – because a strong part of me knows that struggles of a Black woman... vicariously, through my mum and sister and family," Blackwood continued.
"But when Kéllé's character says 'Why do I always have to be that character?'… when I watched it back, it made me go 'wow'. I've never stopped to think what that pressure might feel like.
"Because what I am essentially saying is that you are not allowed to show vulnerability. You are not allowed to say a situation has hurt or troubled you because it doesn't adhere to being a strong Black woman.
Hollyoaks recasts Luke Morgan's mother Sue for heartbreaking storyline
She hasn't been seen on the show since 2002.Hollyoaks has confirmed that Luke Morgan's mum Sue is making a return to the soap with Doctors star Marian McLoughlin taking over the role.
"I never thought that, as a Black man, I was already contributing to the pressures that a Black woman, or woman of colour was having to face."
Hollyoaks airs its special episode on Wednesday, April 14 at 7pm on E4 and Thursday, April 15 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.
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