Hollyoaks: Victoria Atkin on Jasmine/Jason, and details of the Savage family!

‘Oaks actress Victoria Atkin has revealed to The Stage that playing transgendered teenager Jason Costello has been a “test of my inner strength.”

Victoria’s 16 year old character was born a girl named Jasmine, but as viewers will know, she wants to live as a male.

Victoria said, “It has been an out of the ordinary experience to say the least.

“Binding down my chest and changing into male clothes, while my fellow co-stars glam up in heels, has been a test of my inner strength as an actress.

“But I would not change it.

“The people I have met and the research I have gathered has made me aware of a world that is rarely touched upon in such detail.

“My eyes have been opened fully to the negativity within a society that unconsciously places judgement by automatically assessing their fellow man (and woman) solely on appearance.

“I cannot begin to express how it feels to take on a character that is born into the wrong body.

“By concentrating on this topic, Hollyoaks has presented the general public with an insight into the life of a transgendered teen and, nearly a year on, what a journey it has been.

“Jason’s acceptance is growing, but the problem of harmonising his ideal body with the male exterior he now presents will, of course, be a lengthy process.”

In other Hollyoaks news, more details about the soon to be arriving Savage family members have been revealed. They will be on our screens next month and will be introduced via Liberty Savage’s (Abi Phillips) storyline.

James Atherton will play geeky Will Savage and Danny Mac will play Liberty and Will’s brother Mark ‘Dodger’ Savage. David Kennedy is to star as their father, Dirk Savage

A statement from Hollyoaks bosses about the new cast reads, “The new family will take the village by storm and are set to rub all the McQueens up the wrong way.

“The Savage family get evicted from their home when Dirk can’t keep up with the payments.

“Liberty is furious to come home and find her house all boarded up but big brother Dodger has a new house for them to live in!

“While the McQueens are away on holiday, Dodger moves his family into the empty house and declares squatters’ rights!

“How will the McQueens react to their new housemates?”

More ‘Oaks news soon!

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