Aedan: Next week is possibly Ollie’s biggest week to date, as the jury’s verdict will change his and his loved one’s lives.
A: He’s one of Buster’s many, and most recent victims, fighting for justice.
A: It's been the most difficult week in his life by far!
A: I have been thrown straight into the deep end from the get go. However reflecting on it, it’s been the best way to join such a fast-paced show, especially with such relevant and powerful storylines. Essentially, preparing me in the best way for future storylines.
A: It’s incredibly important to show that if somebody speaks out about it, there are people who will listen, which will encourage survivors watching the show to speak out.
A: As you can imagine, the journey of these two characters keeps changing, but that will all come to an end next week.
A: Ollie’s always struggled to find someone to confide in, which aided Buster’s manipulation. With the absence of Buster, and his imprisoned dad Luke, he’s leaned on the only people he’s got left, who are Mandy, Darren, Brody and Brooke.
A: I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of a very serious, relevant story. Despite Ollie’s journey being very dark, the response has been a complete contrast, with an increase in male survivors speaking out. As far as my personal experience with the storyline, it’s been a realisation that there is more to acting than just entertaining.
Adam: Next week we see Brody have to deal with the ultimate battle between himself and Buster, by facing him in court.
A: He gives evidence to the best of his ability, but it doesn’t go quite as planned.
A: Really difficult! It’s the demon that has loomed over him his entire life, and now he has to face it.
A: It was important to me to do justice to this storyline for the victims of abuse in real life. I’ve tried my best to emulate someone in that emotional head space.
A: It means everything to all of his victims.
A: He hasn’t been able to even look at him, and now he has to stare him down in front of everyone and say exactly what happened to him.
A: Sienna has been Brody’s rock during all of this trial, and their relationship has grown with it.
A: Incredible, amazing and life-changing. It’s been an honour to take on this challenging storyline and be involved in something so important.
Jacob: Brody, Damon and the others go to court to plead their case in Buster's trial. It’s a lot of pressure for Damon to build up to the lie he's told about his dad, so he’s fighting with himself to have the courage to actually do it. It’s a huge struggle for him.
J: It’s torture, because he has to be the one who sends his dad to prison with this lie, whilst also having to support his best mate.
J: It’s been the most challenging subject in my career. It’s a very sensitive storyline, and we want to do it justice from all aspects.
J: It’s important to show the audience that he can’t get away with it, and he’ll eventually get caught, and it only takes that one person to speak out.
J: It’s difficult, because it’s his dad and they developed a bond before he found out the truth. Buster’s his only parent after his mum passed away, so he obviously still cares about him.
J: It certainly has its ups and downs, and there’s a lot of stuff they find out about each other. They are forced to hold back a lot of emotions from one another.
J: It’s been a fantastic storyline to portray, and an honour to be able to meet so many people who have been affected by similar circumstances.
Nathan: We see Buster’s trial and the whole story reach its dramatic climax, when everyone gets to have their say... or not.
N: I think the trial will have a massive impact on Buster, because we see this supposedly upstanding member of the community facing his victims, and having to listen to everything he is accused of. It will be very difficult for him to hear this in front of his son.
N: Buster and Damon had only just started repairing their relationship after many years of Buster being absent. Throughout the whole ordeal, Buster has manipulated Damon to believe everything he has told him, and I think it will be very hard for him to accept the fact that his own son has turned his back on him.
N: Buster is a very complex character to play. When I found out I was playing him, I relished the chance to bring this loveable character to life, and then expose his dark side to viewers. It was important to play him as real and likeable as possible without turning him into a panto villain, because the story and subject was at the heart of it all, and had to be told with compassion and honesty. It is also important to mention the guidance we received from Duncan Craig with the charity Survivors Manchester and Steve Waters with the Offside Trust charity.
N: It’s incredibly important that Buster’s victims get the justice they deserve, but let’s not forget that in the real world not everybody gets that justice, and individuals are coping with that on a daily basis.
N: Buster maintains his innocence, so to see the people that have accused him is very difficult. He is a successful sports/business man trying to uphold this persona, but perhaps his manipulation of people has finally caught up with him.
N: The whole experience has been such a positive one. The response I've had has been so supportive, even though Buster isn’t their favourite character. What it has done is allow people to face this subject head on and discuss it. That for me means we have done our job and given the storyline the best possible chance.
Will Brody and Ollie get the justice they deserve? Tune in to Hollyoaks all this week at 7pm on E4 for the #BreakTheSilence Trial Week episodes...