Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant opens up on filming ‘uncomfortable’ scenes on set: ‘I still get super nervous’ – EXCLUSIVE

Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant opens up on filming ‘uncomfortable’ scenes on set: ‘I still get super nervous’ – EXCLUSIVE


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It’s crazy to think that Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant first joined the soap when he was just eight years old. Fast-forward ten years and he’s catching OK! Online up on celebrating his 18th birthday in lockdown and the “tricky” storylines he’s had to face.

The 18 year old star, who lives near Blackpool, has now returned to filming on the Emmerdale set, after it ceased amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve been back for a few weeks now, slowly getting back into it and they’re bringing more people as they go along,” he told OK! Online.

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Adding: “It’s probably safer than being at home, like the measures they go into. Everyone’s got to keep two metres away at all times.”

Joe, who plays Jacob Gallagher in the soap, is in a relationship with model Nicole Hadlow, and the pair spent lockdown together at her family home, but it appears life is back in the fast lane for the young star.

The actor, whose character is the adoptive son of Alicia Harding and the biological son of Leyla Harding, has had his fair share of difficult storylines to contend with whilst appearing on the soap.

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He’s been a part of Emmerdale’s grooming storyline which saw him engage in an inappropriate relationship with perpetrator Maya Stepney and, more recently, he’s been at the centre of a teen pregnancy scandal with character Leanna Cavanagh, played by actress Mimi Slinger.

And detailing whether or not he found these scenes hard to film, Joe said: “Definitely. It’s out of my comfort zone to be honest but at the same time it’s been good because the more hard-hitting storylines I get it might be hard but I’m improving with the storylines they throw at me.

“So I can improve my ability as an actor but it’s definitely hard and awkward at times.”

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He continued: “The cast and the crew make it as comfortable as possible. Usually there are about fifteen cast and crew but they reduce it so not everyone’s watching so you don’t feel like there’s pressure and they make it easy for us to do those scenes.”

He added, laughing: “There’s so much stuff that happens in that village.”

Discussing his on-screen relationship with Leanna, Joe said that they’re forming a “closer bond” despite having being in an “on and off” romance for quite some time.

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And Joe, who has found lockdown “pretty normal,” described the strict measures which have been put in place now filming is happening again in the Yorkshire Dales.

“When we’re walking through the studio, they’ve sectioned us into cohorts, so they’ve cornered parts of the building off. So say for instance I’m in the blue cohort, I can only go in the blue section of the studio," explained the star.

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He continued: “There are temperature checks each time we enter the building, and if it’s above what their limit is then they’ll do another one in your ear and if that’s higher than the limit then they’ll have to send you home.”

And the Jacob Gallagher actor was nearly sent home on one occasion, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

He added: “The first time I went in, because I travel up from Blackpool, the first day I was sat in the car with the heating on so I was a bit hot when I got out of the car. I had my temperature checked and they were like ‘Oh, you’re a bit over on that one,’ so I thought oh my god. But then I did a second one and luckily I was under.”

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