EastEnders star Emma Barton has addressed the deep psychological dynamic between her character Honey Mitchell and her friend Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal).
Viewers saw them bond in the wake of Suki’s guilt and grief over Jags’ death in prison but the waters were muddied when Suki planted a kiss on Honey – and became hostile in the wake of what she sees as a rejection.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, Emma admitted that while it would be nice to see them navigate a return to friendship, there is every chance that with Suki’s nature, things could become very dark.
She said: ‘I think it’s fair to say that there isn’t a future romance. Honey was very clear that Suki misunderstood and got the wrong vibes. What will be interesting is to look at the friendship; can they go back to being friends?
‘What’s been lovely is they have brought out the best in each other as characters because they’re so different. It would be a shame for that not to continue.
‘At the same time, I’d love to see it get dark and I love the possibilities with that potential obsession with Honey. It would be a really fun story to play, I love that kind of material!’
Suki has resorted to bullying in an attempt to cover up how humiliated she feels but she hasn’t banked on the fact that Honey isn’t a pushover.
Emma said: ‘I think a few years ago she would run as far as she could. With her ex boyfriend Adam, her eating disorder and everything that she has had to deal with over the last few years. So when she is being bullied, she knows she has to do something about it.
‘She would want her own children to stand up to a bully. It’s also for her sanity; to know she won’t tolerate this. It could have easily see Honey walk away and that the bully has won but no-one deserves to be bullied.’
On Honey’s initial reaction to Suki’s nasty behaviour, Emma added: ‘This is her friend, they went out, had a lovely time and some wires were crossed. In Honey’s mind that’s all that it is, nothing has changed. She wants to be her friend and she is not going to say anything.
‘I really don’t think Honey believes there was anything in it. She actually wants to support Suki and reassure her. Honey is very grown up about it, if that makes sense.
‘She is all cool about it but then she gets this frosty response in the shop; it’s not what she expects and it scares and upsets her a little bit. It feels like she doesn’t know where she stands with her.’
Luckily she knows exactly where she stands with co-star Balvinder – and she has nothing but praise for her colleague.
Emma enthused: ‘Oh, she is brilliant. I couldn’t have wished for a better person to work with on this. She plays a great character – Suki is vile! We laugh when the cameras stop rolling and I say: “God, you’re evil!” But we have worked hard to get it right, she is an absolute delight to work with!’
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