Hollyoaks' Stuart Manning on becoming depressed after his Hollywood career failed and dealing with dyslexia
HOLLYOAKS' STUART MANNING ON RETURNING TO THE SOAP AND HAVING DYSLEXIA
He was one of our favourites as Russ Owen in Hollyoaks' back in the day and now Stuart Manning has returned after a stint in Hollywood trying to make it. And Stuart opened up abut how his dyslexia made learning roles really hard.
Talking about his failed attempt at breaking Hollywood, Stuart said, 'It was difficult, when I came back. I got really depressed, it was horrible for me. I didn't really understand why it wouldn't work out. I went to a bit of a lull and kind of gave it up for a bit, [thinking] "I just can't do it". It just didn't work out, if you go out there thinking it won't work out, it won't. You've got to give it your best, your all, your everything.'
Stuart also discussed his ongoing struggle with dyslexia.
'It is difficult, my dyslexia is quite severe. It's very hard for me to learn a script,' he revealed. 'The film shoot that we're doing in Hollyoaks, it's basically we're doing six days per week – seven in the morning until seven at night – then you go home and learn the lines.
'My agent out there [in America] used to sit with me in the night and go through it with me. He had to read them to me first, then he put them on a Dictaphone and then I'd listen to them over, and over, and over and over.'
Watch the video to see the full chat with Stuart and find out his wedding news!