It’s truly a sad day for Hollyoaks fans, as Brody Hudson (Adam Woodward) has died in shocking scenes, marking what is the end of an era for the soap.
The popular character, who made his first appearance over four years ago, has found himself the victim of a devastating hit-and-run, much to the horror of soulmate Sienna Blake (Anna Passey).
Brody had been trying to do the right thing in the hopes of saving both he and Sienna from scheming Summer Ranger (Rhiannon Clements), who returned to finished her mission and destroy him for his role in her dad’s death.
He resolved to hand himself in, but little did he know that Summer was intent on killing Sienna regardless of his sacrifice. Sienna, however, was not going down without a fight, and therefore she turned the tables and knocked her nemesis out, before returning to the village to stop Brody from going to the police station.
She made it just in time, explaining all about how he needn’t bother turning himself in. Brody was delighted, but just as he and Sienna dared to dream of their happy ending, tragedy struck, as he was mowed down by a mystery resident, before dying in his lover’s arms.
Metro.co.uk caught up with actor Adam Woodward – who played Brody – to discuss the shocking turn of events, the reasons why he wanted the character to go out with a bang, and that shocking twist at the end of the episode.
How are you feeling ahead of Brody’s final scenes and what do you think the fan reaction will be to his death?
I’m a little bit apprehensive! I’m interested to see what the audience reaction is going to be. When Brody first came into the show, everyone really liked him, or that’s the social media feedback I got. But he’s been through so much and had so many storylines that he’s a bit marmite at the moment!
People either really like him or they’re not his biggest fan. But whether they love him or hate him, I hope the fans tuned in to see him go! And I’m interested to see if Brody changes people’s opinions of him on the latest episode.
How did your exit come about? Did you know how things would pan out from the start of this storyline, and how did you feel about Brody dying?
Even prior to the Covid lockdowns, and before the pandemic, back in the early part of 2020, me and [former Executive Producer] Bryan were talking about where Brody was going next, how long I wanted to stay for and what storylines were coming up.
It was bandied about back then that it might be time to wrap the character up. But Covid lockdowns hit, and Bryan offered me another contract, and I was extremely grateful for that. And out of that came some amazing storylines, the whole Brody, Sienna and Summer stuff.
But even then, the idea of Brody dying or leaving wasn’t really in everyone’s minds. I suppose both myself and Hollyoaks then saw an opportunity to wrap Brody up in a spectacular fashion, relating to the Brody, Sienna and Summer story.
I always said I never wanted the character to fizzle out or jump in a taxi or get on a bus and disappear with the whole: “He might come back!”. I always wanted it to be like a BOOM – a big stamp on the end of his journey. Ending in a blaze of glory.
It really is an explosive end! The last couple of episodes saw you, Anna and Rhiannon filming on location. What was that like?
It was amazing! It’s always great to get on location anyways – we’re filming in the same location on set all the time, and especially with the Covid restrictions, some of the sets can be a little bit cramped. So, getting outside and being on location with an amazing crew, and people who I love to work with in Anna and Rhiannon. It was such a lovely way not only for the character to end, but for me as an actor to experience for my final few episodes.
What was it like filming those death scenes with Anna?
It’s mixed emotions, really. They were amazing scenes to do, and from an actor’s point of view I was excited to do them. Mine and Anna’s relationship on-screen and off-screen is great. We have a great working relationship, and we do great stuff together, so I was excited! But at the same time, it was overshadowed by a bit of a sadness. These were the last scenes we were going to be doing together! The death scene and the scene where Brody says goodbye to Damon and Liberty, but they don’t know why he’s saying goodbye or why he’s acting a bit weird!
They were… there was a lot of real emotion that was poured into those scenes. They were emotionally heavy days, but I’m proud of the work we’ve all done. I hope it comes across on-screen.
Were those scenes filmed on your last day on set? What was your last day on set like?
My very last day on set at Lime Pictures and Hollyoaks was that scene with Damon and Liberty! Which, for me, was a lovely full-circle moment. Brody joined the show with Damon, and to have had his last scene with him be where he says goodbye, there was something very special about that.
It’s so bizarre, because you do your final scene and people come out, you have a bit of a goodbye and you say a few words. It was really special, and people thank you for your time. But then you collect your stuff and walk off set and you realise that this is going to be the last time that I’ll be walking off set, and as Brody in this building. And the day doesn’t finish, because they’ve still got more material to film! You turn around and they’re preparing for the next scene, and it’s almost like: “Oh that’s it! I’m gone.” Things move on – and that’s the way it should be! It’s a bizarre feeling to be like, life goes on, and you were just another story in Hollyoaks’ long and colourful history.
Obviously, it looks like Summer is to blame for all of this, but the big twist is that it’s actually Warren who was driving the car. How did you feel about that?
I thought it was brilliant! I love working with Jamie, and I hope this gives him great material and storylines to work off in the coming months. Brody and Warren’s relationship has always been a bit of a funny one! They were enemies, and then they found a connection.
Their love of Sienna drove them apart, and then there’s the Cormac stuff! They’re ultimately two very different characters. The yin and yang – Brody’s conscience overrides a lot of what he does even though he can be a bit of a hypocrite, whereas Warren he’s the criminal, he’s a bit of a bad guy. If you could merge those two characters together, they’d be Sienna’s perfect partner!
I think it was nice that it was Warren who took him out. It was a nice twist.
It’s almost a poetic twist?
Yes, it is! They’re two sides of the same coin, in some respects!
Summer has terrorised Brody for months. Will you look forward to seeing her get her comeuppance and do you think Sienna should be the one to take her down?
I think it’s got to be! If she’s going to get her comeuppance then it’s got to be Sienna who gives it to her. But then they’ve got a connection too! It might have been a short-lived one, but they had a bit of a connection, so it’ll be interesting to see what storylines come out of that, if any.
What’s next for you? Any projects you’ve got lined up or anything you’d like to do now?
I haven’t been filming for a couple of weeks now, and I did decide that when I left the show I was going to take a break. One of the things is, when you play a character for so long – and I mean I’m fairly early in my career so I’m still learning – but when you play a character for as long as I’ve played Brody, because you’re playing him for eight to 10 hours a day sometimes – I’m a bit of a method actor so I really like to throw myself into the character – but the line between Adam and Brody start to mix. Even emotionally, because you spend eight hours [ as Brody], and if he’s feeling angsty or things are going wrong in his life, those lines can start to blur.
I always said I was going to take a break after I’d finished, and then hopefully some interesting characters will come up in the future. I’d love to do some dramas, some films and a series – as long as it’s an interesting part that I can really get my teeth into and do a good job with.
As you spent so much time in Brody’s shoes, was it difficult saying goodbye to him?
If I’m being a hundred percent honest… I’ve absolutely loved my time at Hollyoaks, and I’ve loved my time playing Brody, but it was a bit of a relief to set him aside. The reason was that obviously it’s Hollyoaks so there’s always something going wrong, and with Brody in particular, he’s always trapped in some love triangle and he messes up quite a lot, he’s a bit of a hypocrite. And I always champion Brody, I believe in the character. Sometimes I would pick up a script and go: ‘Oh Brody… what are you doing now?!” (laughs). Because I wanted him to do the right thing! I can see that he’s being a hypocrite, and I just wanted him to make things right with Sienna! But that’s not my job, my job is to portray the character with what the writers write down.
In the end, I was very happy with the way he rediscovered his hero side and did the right thing. But, even if it was a case of me leaving and coming back, I think it’s nice to just be able to step the character aside and take a breath.
It’s been incredible, and one of the most special times of my life, but it’s a little bit of a relief at the same time.
You’ve been a part of some incredible storylines over the years! Do you have a favourite memory, scene or storyline?
The abuse storyline with Buster. I think even when we were filming that, every single scene, there was a weight to it. I think we all felt like we were doing something special.
Even on our very first day when I got to work with Nathan [Sussex], we came in and had a read through. Paul Riordan – the director for a lot of the material – wanted us to come in, which is very rare that a director would have the time to bring us all in for a read through, as it’s usually all a very quick process. But even on those read throughs it felt like we were going to be doing something special, and everyone gave a hundred percent. That storyline, and the actors on it at that time, will always stick with me.
The feedback was incredible! I’ve never had so much fan interaction, the amount of messages I got – and not just from a performance point of view, but it was the first time I’d done something on TV that felt like we were making a difference.
I got an incredible amount of messages from people who’d been through similar circumstances thanking me. It felt weird as I didn’t think I’d done anything worth being thanked for, but at the same time it was so heart-warming to see people feeling like they could speak out about their own past, because they found some solace in the storyline. It was incredibly special, doing that story.
Hollyoaks continues Thursday September 16 at 7pm on E4.
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