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EastEnders Newcomer Jonny Freeman opened up about his character’s romance with Sonia Fowler.
Jonny joined the cast as Dot’s great-nephew Reiss Colwell, who arrives in Albert Square next week.
Reiss arrives in Walford to pay her last respects to Dot at her funeral and soon bonds with Sonia.
Talk to digital spy and other media during a recent EastEnders press event, Jonny said: “It’s featured at the Square, there’s a spark with Sonia. I wouldn’t call him a human dynamo, but he has a good heart.
“What’s to come is to see if he can navigate his way through social interactions to emerge as a winner or on his own.”
Explaining how the role came about, Jonny added: “It just happens like always – you get an audition and you see how it goes. Some you win, some you lose. On this occasion it worked.
“As for the first day, it’s not filmed in sequence. I found myself in the square, standing over a car, with the Queen Vic behind and Sonia de EastEnders. So I have to be honest, it was pretty surreal.
“I mean, it’s about the weirdest introduction to any job anyone could have: ‘I’m actually in EastEnders here – there’s Sonia, there’s the pub!'”
Reflecting on his first day on set, Jonny said, “The truth is, it’s actually a bit of luck. Because whatever job you do, day one is tricky, unless you’re don’t be very nice. People do their job, you move in, you hope it goes well and you hope everyone is nice.
“Definitely one of the great things about EastEnders in general it is that there is a rapid release of quality gear. Behind it all, every department, cast, team, [executive producer] Chris [Clenshaw]everyone, directors, they care about the show.
“People might not think it’s time to do this, but everyone’s so passionate, you feel that vibe every moment you’re there. It’s a privilege. And joining at that kind of moment is all the more fortunate as it was a moment when the cast was certainly reflecting on june [Brown] and their place in the show.
“I was getting into people’s experience quickly in a way that normally would have taken a lot longer, because people were remembering and of course it was being shot on location. There were a lot of actors there- down for a few days of filming, so I was very lucky.”
EastEnders Bosses have already revealed that three of June Brown’s real children will play a part in Dot Branning’s funeral episode next week. June died in April this year at the age of 95.
“We already knew three of June’s kids were going to be there,” Jonny explained. “Richard [the director] came up to me and said, ‘Do you mind if they come and sit with you?’ I had this amazing experience of not only being sped up and meeting the cast, but also being seated with three of June’s kids.
“They were lovely and it’s an honor for the show not only that they were considered part of this one, but also that they would come. I hadn’t really filmed a lot of my scenes at the era, but I was like, ‘If I was just a guy at Dot Branning’s funeral, if that’s all I did, that’s a good couple of days, right? ‘”
EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show is also streaming on BBC iPlayer.
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