Interview with Hollyoaks star Nadine Mulkerrin who plays Cleo

What was your favourite #Magalufoaks moment?

Probably the first day when we all arrived, we were all really excited, it’s a lot different to working inside a studio, so it was amazing to get out there in the sun. When we first got there we all immediately went to the pool and had a laugh, that was my highlight.

How did Cleo feel when she first saw Mercedes?

She was absolutely chuffed because she idolises Mercedes, we filmed the reunion scene on the beach and Cleo was the first one to give her a big hug, she was ecstatic to see her big older cousin who she really looks up to. Personally, I was buzzing to have Jen back because I have missed her a lot, and she looks incredible! I felt like there was a missing part of the McQueens and she’s finally back with a bang, it’s incredible.

How much does Cleo differ from the typical McQueen?

I think Cleo is quite unique in terms of the McQueen family, she’s a bit more reserved and more sensible. She’s the intelligent one, and she’s been through a lot, obviously she’s had her issues with abuse in the past so I think everyone is very protective over her. Also, she’s got an ongoing bulimia storyline, so she’s less confident than the others and at the minute she’s feeling really insecure. She’s not as glamorous as the typical McQueen, she always has her hair in a bun, but I secretly love that because my call time is less!

Does Cleo approve of Russ?

Yes I think she just wants Mercedes to be happy and obviously she’s heard the stories of Russ and all the McQueen drama, but I think she’s just happy for Mercedes.

What advice did you give Richard Arnold on his Hollyoaks appearance?

He was lovely, and he didn’t need any tips because he’s such a pro in front of a camera. I think he was quite happy enjoying himself, he is a lovely man and I just told him to be truthful and have fun.

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