Darren Osborne (Ashley Taylor Dawson) has been struggling emotionally over the last couple of months in Hollyoaks as he battles depression in silence, but Kyle Kelly (Adam Rickitt) initiates a conversation with the young man in the coming episodes — and reveals that he knows what’s going on.
Speaking about the importance of a storyline such as Darren’s depression, actor Ashely Taylor Dawson said: ‘It’s such a huge story to tell, and it’s sadly so common. The biggest message we are trying to get out there is for people to talk, and listen. However, sometimes, talking can be damaging, because you’re talking to the wrong person. If you talk to a professional, it’s confidential.’
‘I think everyone’s biggest fear is vulnerability, and letting people in to their own personal stuff.’
‘Hopefully, doing this storyline will maybe help people recognise symptoms within themselves or others – the fact is that it’s probably happening under your nose every day. So, to be part of something that could possibly help people, and bring this story to light, it’s an honour, and I’m proud to be doing it.’
Upcoming scenes will see Darren attempt to organise a comedy night — which is seemingly a means of occupying his mind and keeping himself busy — but when the time arrives for said gig, he reveals to Mandy (Sarah Jayne Dunn) that he’s no longer up for it.
Mandy becomes concerned as a result and therefore relays her worries Nancy (Jessica Fox), Cindy (Stephanie Waring), Luke (Gary Lucy) and Kyle — and Kyle is struck by something which Mandy says.
Ashley said: ‘Kyle recognises that Darren is behaving weirdly, and then I think the penny drops when he doesn’t turn up to his own comedy night. Kyle knows how obsessed Darren has been with it, but then Mandy says that he isn’t coming, because he’s feeling ill.’
‘I think Kyle recognises himself in Darren, and thinks he might be depressed. He feels that he can maybe help, and when he goes to see him, he realises that he was right.’
‘I think Kyle sort of saves Darren from himself at the right time. Kyle recognises depression and the symptoms, and how Darren is behaving. Darren, up until this point, has just been dealing with it on his own and has been trying to snap himself out of it.’
‘He’s not actually doing very well, so when Kyle hits a nerve when mentioning the word ‘depression’, and explains to him why he’s feeling like that, I think it helps Darren reflect on his reality.’
‘It makes him realise that he’s finally got someone to confide in, and maybe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, so they become quite close because of that.’
Hollyoaks continues Friday 13 March at 7pm on E4.
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