Hollyoaks newcomer Angus Castle-Doughty shares reaction to radical misogyny plot

Hollyoaks newcomer Angus Castle-Doughty has opened up about his character Eric Foster's new radical misogyny storyline.

Fans of the Channel 4 soap recently watched Eric's disturbing behaviour intensify.

The ground-breaking plot is set to exploring incel culture, with Eric telling his sister Vertiy Hutchinson that he considers the likes of Cleo McQueen and Joel Dexter, who have just reunited, "pointless".

The term 'incel" or "involuntary celibate" refers to people who define themselves as unable to get a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one.

Opening up about the first moment he found out about Eric's dramatic storyline, Angus told Daily Star: "I think I physically jumped out of my seat when I read that Eric was going to type 'A Manifesto' at the end of Thursday's episode.

"Once I sat back down, I had to start working straight away to be honest, you have to ask constant questions of your character in order to allow you to portray the role.

"If you don't understand their thoughts then you're doing an impression of someone doing bad things, so I had to understand the emotions first, then build a world around the dialogue second."

A few weeks ago, Eric was responsible for giving schoolboy Charlie Osborne (Charlie Behan) some disturbing advice, which led to a humiliating ordeal for his teacher Olivia Bradshaw (Emily Burnett).

Eric's resentment towards woman also haven't gone unnoticed his sister Verity Hutchinson (Eva O'Hara).

Discussing the important of tacking the subject of misogyny, Angus said: "I've said this throughout the process, but I think this is one of the most important and under explored topics in any media, let alone on such a brilliant show as Hollyoaks.

"I'm enormously proud that we are telling this story and that I have a small part to play in it, because this is one of the most pervasive issues in society that we simply aren't engaging with.

"Particularly after two years of people's digital lives eclipsing their "IRL" lives, and algorithms dictating the media we consume, the problem is only getting worse."

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The soap star also revealed that he's enjoying to explore a different side to Eric.

Angus explained: "There have been moments in the show so far where you think had Eric engaged with the right people he wouldn't be where he is today.

"For example, there's moments of genuine sweetness with Verity and Cleo before he takes the wrong path and snaps at them.

"Those are the moments I find interesting and a large part of my day-to-day is establishing what the obstacle is that Eric is trying to overcome.

He continued: "I think he's constantly playing against himself; whether that be what he says vs what he thinks, or what he does vs what he wants to do and it comes out in this young man struggling to even manage a social interaction. Those moments of explosion are where he's lost control and given in."

Hollyoaks now streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4

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