Jason has a battle on his hands as a jealous Karl turns to dirty tactics in his bid to win back Stella. As the two love-rivals go head to head, Ryan Thomas previews the troubles Jason is about to face at the hands of a bitter and twisted Karl...
(Warning, this interview contains storyline spoilers)
Question: How does Jason react when he finds out that Karl has kidnapped Stella?
Answer: He’s been in a sulk since Stella stood him up, so when he finds out what really went on with Karl he goes in all guns blazing...and punches Karl. He’s had enough of him pushing his luck, trying it on with Stella, and this is the final straw.
Q: How worried is Jason about the chances of Karl turning on him?
A: He’s not intimidated by Karl at all, Jason sees him as a bit pathetic. But then if he knew just how bitter and twisted Karl is becoming maybe he should be a bit more worried!
Q: What’s Jason’s reaction when his van goes missing? Who does he suspect has taken it?
A: He’s gutted, because he’s landed a really lucrative council contract. It’s not till the police come asking questions, saying a man fitting his description was seen running away from the burning van, that Jason puts two and two together. He realises that it is a set up, Karl is behind it all.
Q: How does Jason react when Karl taunts him about losing the council job because he has no van?
A: Karl’s really smug and he makes it pretty clear that he was behind it. Jason only just manages to stop himself having a go because he made Stella a promise. He also takes the opportunity to break the news to Karl that he’s moving into the Rovers, so then it’s Jason’s turn to be smug!
Q: How does Jason feel about giving up the building trade and running the pub with Stella? How does Karl take the news?
A: Jason’s determined to stick the knife in with Karl. He has a little word with him, making sure that Karl’s aware that he knows he torched his van but because of that he and Stella are more solid than ever. He doesn’t feel threatened by Karl but maybe he should, as the audience will see that this is far from over for Karl!
Q: How does Jason get revenge on Karl when he loses the job with the council?
A: When Jason loses the job because he hasn’t got a van, he's gutted. When he sees Karl park his car and head off he can’t himself and gives the wing mirror a good kick on the way past.
Q: Wouldn’t Jason be better off being the bigger man and rising above Karl’s petty games?
A: He knows it’s not the best idea and he knows Stella won’t approve but at that moment it feels good and Jason feels pretty pleased with himself.
Q: When Karl deliberately sabotages the pub's electrics to make Jason look incompetent, does Jason realise that Karl is behind it?
A: Jason leaves Tim to fix the electrics in the pub, so when he walks in and the finds the lights off he doesn’t understand what’s happened. Stella’s not happy that he left Tim to sort the job, so Jason’s in the dog house with Stella and Karl’s loving every minute of it.
Q: How worried is Jason that he will lose Stella back to Karl?
A: He’s determined not to let Karl come between them, and when he moves into the Rovers Jason sees this as a sign that his and Stella's relationship is becoming more serious. He wants Karl out of the way so they can get on with their life.
Q: Do you think Stella and Jason make a good couple?
A: I think they do, when they got together they’d both just come out of relationships with Karl and Maria where they hadn’t been treated very well and they gave the other what they needed. There’s definately chemistry there, they have fun together and they both want to make it work.
Q: What are their chances of a long-term relationship?
A: Jason really wants the relationship to work, but with Karl hanging around it’s never going to be easy.
Q: How did you feel when you found out Jason would be having a fling with Stella?
A: I wasn’t really surprised, Jason’s always had a thing for the ladies, and he had a fling with the older Mrs Fanshawe (played by Alison King) a few years ago!
Q: What’s it like filming scenes with Michelle Collins?
A: Horrendous! Only joking it’s great, we’re really enjoying the storyline, things couldn’t be any better at the moment.
Q: Would you consider dating an older woman in real life? Any cougar crushes?
A: Cindy Beale from Eastenders!
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