Hollyoaks’ Maxine Minniver and Adam Donovan have had a rocky relationship recently thanks to a spot of devious meddling by Darcy Wilde.
And she’s not going to stop as the couple’s wedding day arrives next week and Darcy is more determined than ever to sabotage their big day.
She drops a morning after pill at The Osborne’s where Maxine is getting ready, she finds it and then discovers Darcy was the stripper at Adam’s stag party and assumes they have slept together.
Maxine decides to confront Adam in front of all their wedding guests but will she be able to forgive him and say “I do”?
Here Nikki Sanderson and Aisling Jarrett-Gavin reveal what’s in store for the two women…
It’s wedding week, can you both tell us how Darcy and Maxine are feeling?
Aisling: This is really not what Darcy wants to happen so she is nervous. She’s going to be seeing the man of her dreams, marrying someone who she doesn’t really like at all.
Nikki: Maxine is obviously really excited. She can’t wait to marry Adam; she thinks he’s the perfect man and the perfect father for Minnie so she’s just really excited. But also there’s something in the back of her mind that is worrying her because of the Darcy thread and everything that’s happening between Adam and Darcy. It is there somewhere in her mind but she is trying to ignore it because she knows that Adam loves her and wants to be with her and be Minnie’s dad. She is more excited than nervous but there is still something lingering there.
Aisling: I’d also say that Darcy is heartbroken. Adam is the love of her life so to watch somebody that you love and you know could have been yours at one point is heart breaking.
Aisling, we already know Darcy becomes Adam’s stripper but how does she make sure Maxine finds out?
Aisling: She’s really sneaky!! On the day of the wedding she goes round to the Osborne’s where Maxine is getting ready and she drops a pharmacy bag. She pretends it’s for her stomach at first but then we can clearly see that it’s the morning after pill. Maxine asks about it but Darcy just pretends to brush it off saying she had a big night with someone but that makes Maxine think it could be Adam.
Nikki: Adam has gone missing and hasn’t contacted Maxine at all the night before and he hasn’t answered any of her phone calls. So when Darcy comes in she also mentions that she has seen Adam already and Maxine is just so confused about why Darcy has seen him and been in contact with him and not her. So that’s how she puts it all together.
What goes through Maxine’s head on the day of her wedding when she finds out?
Nikki: There are loads of emotions going through Maxine’s head at that time. This is what she’s been dreaming of and it’s what she wants but she’s also thinking can she really marry someone who has potentially slept with his ex the night before their wedding. She is questioning if she can marry this person that she doesn’t really trust and if Adam really does care for her the way he says that he does. Obviously she’s really upset, hurt and very very angry and also embarrassed. She’s put a lot into this relationship and put a lot on the line for him and she’s putting Minnie into this situation as well so there’s just so much going on.
What actions does Maxine take after she finds out?
Nikki: I am afraid you will have to tune in to find out about that but as you can guess in true Maxine style, things never stay quiet for long.
Do you both think Maxine approached it in the best way?
Nikki: As Nikki, probably not. But can I say I’d never do the same thing? I don’t actually know because I have never been in that situation. I’d like to say I would never do something like that because I don’t agree with Maxine handled it but that’s Maxine for you!
Aisling: I actually like how Maxine handled it. I like the way that when you’re so in love with someone and then they hurt you, you turn into this crazy person. I think that love can make you crazy so If I found out the person I was going to marry had done that then I probably would want them to be ashamed. I would actually probably do worse.
Nikki: I agree – love makes you do crazy things.
Do you think it’s even possible for Maxine and Adam to be together with Darcy still around?
Nikki: Darcy is going to make it very difficult. It would be nice to see Adam and Maxine really make it and become this great couple together and be a family with Minnie which I think they can do. But with Darcy around, I don’t know. They have to try and get past all this and be stronger than Darcy but Darcy is extremely manipulative and she can create things that aren’t true which causes a lot of problems. It’s all down to whether Adam and Maxine can ignore it and be strong enough to say we can do this. I’d like to see them do that but Darcy is a very good character so she could get right in there.
Aisling: I think it’s all down to how long Darcy can keep going with her lies and manipulation. When that runs out maybe Adam and Maxine will have a chance but until then all she wants in her life is Toby, Adam and herself as a family. So until anyone can stop her then it is isn’t going to stop. As Aisling though, it would be nice for Adam and Maxine to be together.
Talking as Aisling and Maxine, what do you think would be the best for Adam?
Nikki: No offence babe, but Maxine is definitely the better option for him. After everything that Darcy has done and caused, Adam deserves somebody who is going to be nice to him and somebody he can be with and not have to look over his shoulder all the time because he doesn’t know what’s going to happen to him. Aisling is great – Darcy is not [laughs]!
Aisling: No I agree, Darcy is super fun to play but she is mean and really calculated. Why would you ever want to be with someone who does all of them things!? So I am completely for Maxine and Adam.
Does Darcy care at all about Maxine’s feelings?
Aisling: No I don’t think so. At the moment everything rides on her and what she wants which is being with Adam and her son. So right at this point no it’s not about Maxine at all.
Do you have any funny stories from set since you both have begun working with each other?
Nikki: Everyday is funny for us. When Ash first joined, me and Jimmy would wind her up (in a nice way) by telling her so much stuff that was not true but now she knows we are just talking rubbish so we just have good banter. We all get on really well, we have such a laugh and we’re always winding each other up.
Aisling: I think one of the really funny things is that I and Jimmy both have bad sinuses. So we always have tissues or can’t breathe and I have sinus pumps and wash. Then one day we were walking along and Nikki just said “you two with your noses!”
Nikki: It’s hilarious because neither of them can smell anything. So the other day, Ash said she had worn her costume a few days on the trot and I just wound her up saying “yeah I wasn’t going to mention it but you absolutely stink”. She starting worrying then thinking she actually did but I was completely joking, she smelt fine!
Would you ever like Darcy and Maxine to be friends?
Nikki: No because I really like the relationship that they’ve got. They seem to have moments of clarity and niceness and then they go back to arguing with each other. I like the dynamic between the two so if they were just friends it would be a bit boring.
Aisling: It all depends on Darcy really. It would be nice if she kind of let Maxine get on with her life and took the guards down and was happy for her. But Darcy needs to sort out her issues before any of that can happen.