Emmerdale’s Cain Dingle is currently in a raunchy romance with Harriet Finch but could he be tempted back to Moira Dingle?
Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain, thinks there’s a potential spanner in the works for Cain and Harriet if Moira shows interest in him again.
Here he reveals all about the women in Cain’s life…
What’s the appeal of Harriet?
I think for Cain – as far as he’s concerned, there’s no him and Moira anymore and he has to move on. She is rock and roll and alternative; she is opinionated and attractive so all of these things together mean, why not? I think it’s the rest of the village that find it odd but Cain doesn’t bother with the job that people do. It’s the person, not the tag that goes with them that counts.
Is he worried about how much of his bad behaviour she will tolerate?
Yes there is that but that was always the case with Moira as well. It was always a case of ‘hmm, I better not let her know of that.’ The DNA of the character is never going to change. He’s always going to tell a few lies here and there to do with what he does. He’s not a car mechanic – he also does things kind of above the law. There are things that Harriet can give Cain and Cain can give Harriet – they can teach each other new ways!
Does Cain not worry about the fact that she used to be a police officer?
There is a colleague of Harriet’s – there are some more consequences to come. The thing that he does with Ross – he kind of acts impulsively and it’s because he nearly killed his girlfriend. Why he does it in his mind is the right thing, it’s only afterwards that he thinks ‘oh I probably won’t tell her that.’
What do the rest of the Dingles think?
The Dingles don’t approve – they don’t feel Harriet is right for Cain and that’s largely due to her police background. It’s like ‘what are you doing going out with this woman? This is going to spell disaster!’
Could Cain turn all virtuous and embrace religion?
I don’t think that’s going to happen but it would be very interesting!
What has the viewer feedback to Charriet been like?
Sometimes it’s really interesting how fickle can be. There are people who maybe did like Cain and Moira together who are now saying ‘oh, I don’t know, Cain and Harriet are quite cute’. It’s interesting how things can change. They are quite fun and they are quite cheeky with each other. It’s important to see them have a laugh – it’s almost like a teenage relationship where one minute it’s on and the next it’s like: ‘oh it’s not working, we’re off again!’ There’s been a few blocks where we’ve been like: ‘Are we on, are we off?’
Hypothetically, if Moira were to decide she wanted Cain back, how would he feel?
It could possibly be a potential spanner in the works. Whenever there has been a past love like Charity, when she goes ‘I still like you’ and he’s like ‘wait, what do you mean?’ and he is capable of having his head turned! There have been two loves before Harriet who have been important to him and one has been Moira and the other Charity.
Have they got what it takes to last the distance?
Any producer would say it is a difficult thing to keep characters happy cos once you find that kind of area that we call happiness, the viewers are like, I don’t like that, boring, you need conflict and that always comes with people going I am not going with you any more or somebody having an affair.
How are you finding the direction they have taken Cain in?
I think that is right because if you think I joined in 2000 and the character was meant to be about 30 – playing four years younger than me – so if you think of that person in their 30s and now this character is in their 40s, we naturally mature, so it make sense that he is not this kind of grunty solo maverick who lived at the top of the house at the Dingles and came out and had no friends apart from his dad and now he has integrated himself in the village and it is a lot better and more believable I think, in the past you would go in the pub and people would say ‘Don’t speak to him he’s an idiot’ now people will interact with him even though they know he has had a bit of a chequered past. He is more approachable, he is more human, more believable I think.
Is there anywhere you would like to take him?
I always find those kind of issue based illnesses are always good things, it is difficult because then, John did a brilliant job but it ultimately ends you. I always think they are good stories to kind of give couples because you are also doing something that a lot of people who watch can relate to or can watch and understand, what that is I couldn’t tell you. Something like that might be, we’ve slightly touched on when he had an aneurysm, I honestly don’t think it was explored as much it was more a device to get Charity to go ‘I really still love Cain’ cos he nearly died, but we didn’t explore that whole journey. The one thing Iain did say when Sally (Dexter, who plays Faith) came in, that would be something we have not explored is the fact that Faith can turn Cain into a little boy because it is his mum and we have never seen that, so that would be an avenue I would like to explore, the power of parents, we are all different with our parents and all turn back into children regardless of how old we are, so I think we have yet to discover that. I would like to see that happen, Sally’s great fun and brilliant to work with.
How do people react to you in the street?
You do get people going, ‘I prefer him when he is like, he is too nice now’, you do get a little bit of that but then also, the longer you stay in the show, the more people warm and know your face, a lot of people are just like, absolutely lovely and it is really quite flattering, he has become a lovable character almost.
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