Emmerdale’s Rebecca White has found herself caught up in a love triangle with Robert Sugden and Aaron Dingle.
And the romance is even more complicated as Rebecca is pregnant with Robert’s child after the pair got steamy while Aaron was in prison.
Next week Robert and Aaron return to the village leaving Rebecca on edge, and things take a turn when her baby news is revealed.
It remains to be seen how Aaron’s going to react but here Emily Head, who plays Rebecca, admits her character is in a state of confusion…
Are you surprised by the response to Rebecca from fans?
Yes and no. I didn’t know what was going to happen when I started, but coming in and getting in between Robron I read it and went ‘oh no but they’re so loved’. But I was quite surprised I suppose by just how angry people are.
It’s intense isn’t it?
Yeah it can be it can be. You know upset I understand completely but people are very very angry and very, it’s most of the fault from some of the fans seems to be on Rebecca where I feel that Robert is just as much to blame.
Do you think the reaction against you is because you’re the woman caught up in the affair?
Yeah actually. I think also it’s partly that they are so loved and have been for so long. But I was thinking about it the other day actually and how when Robert and Rebecca slept together, there was a whole thing going on online about how it was because he was drunk and so he had no fault whatsoever and how dare she, she should have just left. And Ryan and I were very careful on the day to make it seem like it was a progression and it wasn’t just I was turning up to sleep with him and it was more what he was saying that that made it happen. But when Rebecca and Ross first slept together, Rebecca was drunk and everyone went ‘oh well she’s a slapper, she’s becoming the village bike.’ So I find it interesting actually how it’s different, how it seems different for the men and the women when they’ve been drinking.
So where’s Rebecca at in terms of her pregnancy, does she want to keep the baby now?
She is very confused I think. I think she’s in a very fragile place and she doesn’t really have many people to talk to about it, she’s not going to tell her sister, she’s not told her dad, Victoria is the only one that knows but she thinks it’s Ross’s, Robert doesn’t want anything to do with her. So I think she’s really struggling at the moment, struggling with the idea that she may not be ready but that the first time she was pregnant and had an abortion she has since carried that with her for a very long time and that it’s not an ideal situation but can she go through that again I think is the main thing.
Do you think she loves Robert deep down?
She definitely did definitely, whether she does now I mean he’s been pretty mean to her and I think really all Rebecca wants is to be loved and to feel loved and I think in a family like the White family, while they all love each other, they’re difficult people. And her dad has kicked her out however many times and her sister left her for dead once and you know we are a family unit but the love isn’t front and foremost I don’t think. So yes I think she just wants to feel loved and in Robert when they first met she thought that was a possibility and then obviously not. And he is very charming and he knows how to say the right things I think. So yeah I think she definitely was in love with him, I think when you’ve been in love with a person and you never really had a proper break up, there’s never really much closure and I think that’s the thing with Rebecca and Robert at the moment. Rebecca never felt the closure of it.
How does she feel about Aaron as a person?
I think Aaron unfortunately is a casualty in the love war, not love war, but in her relationship with Robert. I think that were Aaron not here, Rebecca maybe would have pursued a relationship with Robert more forcefully. But I think when she realised just how in love they were and the Robert that she knew initially didn’t really care about the relationships, I mean he slept with Rebecca when he was with Chrissie, and so I think it took Rebecca by surprise when she arrived and that’s why she was pursuing him so intently initially because she’s used to Robert saying ‘yes’ regardless of his own relationships. And then when she realised how in love with Aaron he was, she took a step back and yeah I think I think she really likes Aaron and I think if things were different they could be actually be really good friends but unfortunately Robert gets in the way of that I think.
How does she feel about the prospect of actually becoming a single mum?
Yeah I think it’s incredibly daunting. I don’t think it’s her ideal, I don’t think it’s ever something that she thought ‘that’s something that I want to do’ but I think that given the years since she had her first abortion she’s thought about every outcome that could have possibly happened and the idea of being a mum is one that has stuck with her I think. And while it certainly wasn’t planned and it certainly wasn’t something she was aiming for, I think eventually she does want to be a mum whether that’s now or whether that’s in however many years. I think she’s always wanted to be a mum deep down.
What does she think when she finds out that Ross has been blackmailing Robert is she in favour of that or is she horrified by it?
No I think she, it’s a bit of an eye roll, a bit like ‘really you have to complicate things anymore.’ I think she feels bad for Ross as well because although they weren’t exclusive when she slept with Robert, they never had a conversation about ‘we are in a relationship’, when she found out she was pregnant they sort of were. They never sat down and had a conversation but they were a lot closer and I really think that’s she’s started to develop feelings for him and the last thing that she wanted to do was to hurt him as well. And Ross doesn’t take hurt very well he tends to lash out a little bit so yeah I don’t think that Rebecca wants Aaron to know and the threat of that of Ross telling him is quite terrifying I think because she doesn’t want to ruin anyone’s relationship, she doesn’t want to ruin anyone’s life. So yeah I think she a bit annoyed, upset and rolling her eyes at it I think.
Would she like Robert involved in the upbringing of the child or just wants him out the picture?
At the moment she definitely wants him out the picture, partly I think because she is considering this, whatever decision she ends up making, this to be her decision. She’s not asking Robert what he wants to do anymore and so she doesn’t want to force anything on anyone but also he’s been pretty vile to her and to Aaron in terms of what he’s done with Rebecca. But the things that he’s said to Rebecca have been pretty horrible and I don’t think she particularly wants him in her life at all at the moment.
Next week Rebecca books a one way ticket to Ibiza, what’s her plan?
I don’t think she has a plan when she gets there but everything gets a bit much here and I think she just needs to leave and that is something that Rebecca is very good at doing is leaving when things get a bit too tough. And yeah I think her relationships here aren’t keeping her here anymore and she needs to get away and get away from the stares of the people in the village and concerned about who knows what and who’s saying what. She just needs to not be part of it anymore.
Is she going to go?
She leaves briefly and comes back because she realises that she’s been dealing with this by herself for a really long time and that actually going to Ibiza will just mean more inner turmoil for her, for everyone, and so she comes back to her family to the only base…
Does she come back for Robert?
No not for Robert. no no no. It’s for her family and for her own mind.