That time has come again and it's time for that all important celebrity interview! Here I will be chatting to one of my favourite former Hollyoaks star's and that is Keith Rice! Keith played Finn O'connor in the popular Channel 4 soap for five whole years from 2010- early this year.
Here I get the all the latest from Keith and maybe even a little exclusive that will brighten up your day!! Enjoy....
What is your knowledge and understanding of Autism?
I have to admit I'm not very knowledgeable on Autism, but I do know its a lifelong condition and can be very debilitating and affect people's way of life. It can affect the ability to communicate.
Do you think there is enough awareness of Autism?
Obviously there is people and charities that dedicate themselves to campaign to raise awareness for Autism and work tirelessly for the cause. But always, more awareness can be raised. You can never stop raising awareness!
Have you or would you like to do any autism charity related things?
I haven't done anything before in terms of autism, and would be more than happy to help in any sort of way.
Is there anybody you know affected by Autism?
There was pupils in secondary school that suffered with Autism. I read up on Autism today and have to say I'm very surprised at how common it is!
There is many documentaries about autism on the television, have you watched or heard of any?
I haven't seen anything, I hardly get to watch TV especially with filming on such a busy schedule and when I get spare time it tends to be Netflix!
What do you think of my blog?
I always think its brave of someone who has an illness to be open and allow others to gain an insight of their day to day life, the ups and downs and its takes a lot of courage. Its extremely inspiring.
You're a fan of Boxing, Who is your favourite boxer and why?
Its hard to choose a favourite boxer, I have a favourite in every weight division. I'm a massive fan of George Groves, I've followed his career right from the start. He's brilliant and in his two biggest fights to date, he was an underdog, and rose to the occasion both times. He lost one of these fights but he gained a lot of respect from the boxing world and I admire that.
What does Boxing mean to you and has it always been a favourite sport?
I love boxing ever since I was a little lad. To me its a fantastc sport that requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Its a discipline, and you need to be physically and mentally strong in order to compete. If you come up short, you will lose. I've always been interested in Psychology and its something I would have studied if I didn't Act.
What was the last boxing match you've watched?
I took my Dad to the Echo Arena in Liverpool in July to watch the local Liverpool lads box on a very big event. We managed to get Ringside seats and it was a fantastic night. I try to get to all of the events in the Echo Arena. My dream is to go to Vegas and watch a boxing match over there, the build up and athmosphere starts months before hand so you can just imagine what it's like fight week! The big stage, the lights, the spotlight. Amazing.
Do you think OCD is something big and most talked about?
I think OCD is quite common? Everybody in a sense has a touch of OCD but not to the extremes as others. I think its talked about, I've seen a couple of TV shows about extreme cases.
Do you watch any OCD related documentaries?
I saw a TV show called Extreme OCD Camp a while ago, and was surpised at how serious some of the cases were. There was people scared to step on cracks on pavements in fear of their parents dying and stuff! It was crazy.
Have you got any small OCD ways?
I have a couple I think... I always wash cups again, even if they've been washed before by my Mum/Dad, I'll rinse and wash it again myself. I don't know why I do it!? There was one from when I was little, and I'd never lick anything of my fingers, after finishing a packet of crisp etc I'd be fearful of licking my fingers! Hahaha.
Is there anybody you know who suffers from OCD?
I personally don't know anyone with OCD, not severe.
If you weren't in Hollyoaks then what did you want to become, career-wise?
I kind of had my heart set on Acting since I got my first part on a TV show called Casualty 1907. I was taken aback by the whole production and it fascinated me ever since. If I weren't Acting I would love to have a career that involved Psychology. Psychology has always interested me, the study of mind and behaviour. What makes people do what they do? Its something I've tried to tie into my Acting work and I touched upon it with the character I played in Hollyoaks. I tried to understand the psyche of this person, everything about him and hopefully that showed in my performances.
How did you first come about in drama?
I used to get all the lead parts in primary school for the end of year plays, and remember at the time really enjoying myself and feeling confident in front of people. I took it up again in the later stages of secondary school, I attended an after-school film club where we made our own short films and they would be entered into a local competition. Our school done very well (we won best film twice in three years) and I found something I was really happy doing.
I attended college in Liverpool, studying Acting and worked closely with a lady called Jackie Downey. She's a professional actress, trained at Guildhall and she helped me develop into the Actor I am today. She taught me so much, and it was with her that I read more, I watched more Films and TV, went the Theatre to watch plays and through this Acting became my life. If I wasn't performing in College, I was at home watching Films and studying my favourite actors!
Describe Finn in three words...
Sad, confused, manipulative.
Why did you leave Hollyoaks?
Finn was sent down for the rape of John Paul McQueen and the attempted rape of Nancy!
Who did you become best friends with on set?
When I first joined the show I became close to the family I was working with. Alex Fletcher, Nick Pickard, Stephanie Davies and I worked a lot with Charlie Wernham. They were a massive help for me, and working with them I've learnt an awful lot from that I can take forward into my own career.
You worked with Stephanie Davis. Have you spoken since you left Hollyoaks?
Stephanie is such a genuine, down to earth girl and she was the first person I spoke to when I started my first day. We had such a laugh and have definitely bonded for life. She's insanely talented too, she's a quadruple threat! She's very pretty, has a fantastic singing voice, can act and she probably can dance too! You need a bit of Stephanie around on set, she could brighten up a dark day. We speak a lot. She's always been there for me, and vice versa. We're like brother and sister off screen too!
Would Finn ever make a shock return?
I would like to think so. There is still a lot of things that were left when Finn left. In partular the relationship with Diane, who he calls Mum. When Finn was sent down, the relationship with Diane was at its lowest and its something I think would be interesting to see develop if Finn ever returned.
What’s next for you career-wise?
I've just signed with a new agent from London, so its all systems a go at the minute. Keeping my fingers well and truly crossed!
Do you watch any other soaps apart from Hollyoaks?
Now and again. There is some superb actors across all the soaps, and I tend to catch up with all the big storylines!
Do you presently watch Hollyoaks?
As much as I can yeah. I try and show as much support as I can for the cast.
If you could be any other character apart from yours, who would you be?
Tony!! Has to be Tony. He's the life and soul of Hollyoaks. To spend a day in the shoes of Tony really would be something!
To finish off could you kindly give me a little exclusive? Like a little cliff-hanger?
I don't know any of the storylines that they have in the pipeline at the moment so I couldn't say! But I'm sure Finn is dying for a return to the village 😉