There was heartache a-plenty in tonight’s episode of Coronation Street, as Jacob Hay (Jack James Ryan) left the street, fearing for his life after threats from evil dad Damon (Ciaran Griffiths).
It wasn’t just his own life he was fearful for, as he questioned the safety of true love Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney). It was to keep her safe that he ultimately chose to leave, but not without breaking her heart in the process.
Jacob was forced to pretend he was still dealing drugs, in order to get her to break up with him. A move that, according to actress Elle Mulvaney, makes Amy feel as though ‘her world has just been torn apart’.
‘Everything that she thought she knew about him has suddenly gone and it makes her question everything’, Elle said of the revelation. ‘She doesn’t know how long it’s been going on for because she’s only just caught and that makes her question all of her own judgement about everything.
‘She’s let him into her life and into her heart, she thought he’d made all these changes and then suddenly to have it thrown back in her face is a massive, massive shock to the system.
‘Obviously the viewers know that isn’t Jacob, and the changes he made for her were genuine, but Amy doesn’t know that. He’s left with her none the wiser, presuming this is all his doing, so it feels like the ultimate betrayal. In her eyes I don’t know what worse thing Jacob could have done because it feels like their whole relationship has been a lie.’
Amy and Jacob’s relationship began in secret, but the young lovers soon came clean, and eventually moved in together.
‘She was head over heels with Jacob. They clicked instantly when they got together and I think that love has just progressed more and more. Through them living together and forming this close knit group of friends with Aaron and Summer, it just made Jacob and Amy get even closer because of that whole fun element of them living together like a proper little family.
‘I think Amy really saw a genuine future with Jacob, they’ve both given up so much to be together, he’s changed so much for her and put in so much effort for her that she just doesn’t understand why he’s gone back to his past life.’
Going forward, Elle thinks that Amy’s attitude towards relationships will be altered, thanks to Jacob’s betrayal.
‘I think she’ll be more cautious of men, she’s not an idiot and she’s not someone to have the wool pulled over her eyes so for this to have happened to her I think her guard is going to be pushed straight up.
‘She’s not going to take any rubbish off anybody because she’s been hurt now, Jacob has properly hurt her and I think it’s going to take a lot for her to put her heart back out there because he’s crushed her.’
It wasn’t just Amy and Jacob that got on like a house on fire, as Elle revealed that she and Jack are ‘best mates’, and the actress also admitted that she was devastated to find out he was leaving the show.
‘I was absolutely gutted. I was tearing up reading the scripts because Jack is genuinely one of my best mates, I literally met up with him yesterday, I love him. He’s an absolutely brilliant actor and I think to get to work with your best friend all the time is just an absolute godsend. He brought so much to the show, I think he’ll be really missed.’
The young couple were a hit with viewers, and even bagged themselves a nomination for Best Partnership at the Inside Soap Awards. Reminiscing about their time working together, Elle said that they ‘absolutely loved it’.
‘Working with your best mate and him being your on screen partner, you just couldn’t ask for anything better. I think in terms of relationship partners, Jack has been so good to work with, he’s always been there for me, whenever we’ve had intimate scenes we’ve always spoken about them beforehand to make sure we’re both comfortable and happy with it. To have a scene partner who you genuinely bounce off makes life so much easier.
‘I think that’s why it comes across so well on screen because I think the viewers can see that we obviously click and it makes that on screen chemistry just so much more real. We’ve also been massively helped by the writing because me and Jack have both said that the writing for us has just been brilliant. They’re an unlikely pairing between Amy and Jacob because they are so different but weirdly they work and I think that’s what people like.’
Things are set to be difficult for Amy moving forward, as she adjusts to life without Jacob.
‘I think there’s always going to be love for Jacob because he was her first proper love. He’s all she’s known for the last year so I think for Amy to just give that up is going to be so so difficult.’
However, with Amy and Jacob head-over-heels in love, could she seek him out and give things another go?
‘I don’t think she’ll be able to just forget about him, but I don’t know whether in the future that means that she would be able to forgive him and have a relationship because of the betrayal.
‘It may be she just has to live with these feelings of missing him and what they could have had.’
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