We spoke to Victoria Ekanoye about the state of Angie’s marriage and find out whether there's a chance of reconciliation with Jude on the horizon...
How does Angie feel about Jude now he’s training to be a paramedic, has it had the desired effect he hoped for?
It’s not necessarily that he’s training to be a paramedic, it’s the fact that he’s doing something with his life and he feels real. It feels like there’s no more deceit and he’s finally manning up which is what she wants because she’s had to wear the trousers for so long. What she wants more than anything is that family unit and she’s hoping that this could turn things around.
It’s not about the job, it’s about him showing initiative and working to keep the family unit together which is her priority.
So is Angie starting to thaw towards Jude, could the marriage be saved?
Yes, I think she’s looking at him in ways she used to look at him before all this started. Drive, ambition and passion are all attractive qualities, together with the fact that he’s a great dad to George. Angie wonders maybe this is the missing piece of the puzzle and despite how much he’s hurt her maybe they can build on this and get the trust back. It looks like he’s willing to make a change so maybe there is a way forward. There was a time when Angie was madly in love with Jude and those feelings are still there if she can find them again.
Angie went on a date with someone else last week, is that really what she wants?
I think the date was a knee-jerk reaction, her trying to kid herself that she can plaster over everything and move on. But ultimately it was never going to end well, she’s still emotionally attached to Jude and they haven’t resolved anything in their marriage.
With her feelings for Jude reignited, how would she feel if she found out he’d been lying to her again?
I think that would be the end for Angie, everybody makes mistakes and there are certain things you can forgive but I think if she found out he was lying again there wouldn’t be any way back. He saw the consequences of his actions the first time and after they talked it out if he chose to do the same thing again it would show he had no intention of changing. She made a lot of sacrifices for Jude by moving to Weatherfield and he seems to have made none. If she finds out he’s been lying again it would be the final blow.
Mary has been very blinkered about Jude, how do you think she would feel if the scales were to fall from her eyes?
I think if Mary is to find out about Jude’s lies it could impact on Mary more than Angie. Angie’s dealt with this before and would have to accept this is just who he is whereas Mary still has her rose-tinted glasses on. Mary’s only just got her son back, and the family unit, and she wants everything to be perfect. I think Angie’s heart would really go out to Mary.
Is there a darker side to Jude, does Angie really know what he’s capable of?
I think sometimes she wonders ‘who is this man I married, he lied so easily every single day for two years, do I really know him?’ He’s not the man she thought she married, for this to work they would have to go back to scratch and start again. I don’t think she really knows who he is or what he’s capable of.
When Jude wins the Good Samaritan Award Angie is still oblivious to his lies, is she proud of him?
She’s so proud and elated that despite what her idiot husband has done, look at what he’s achieved, he saved a life and that’s a massive deal. He’s turning things around, training in such a worthwhile job, and on top of how good he is with George it just makes Angie think that everything is falling back into place. It’s a really big deal for her.
Have you enjoyed working on this story and exploring Jude and Angie’s marriage and what makes them tick?
Once the trust is broken it’s really difficult to fix, I don’t know how Angie is still there but one of the things I’ve loved is playing against how I would act naturally. She’s very bitter and angry at times and that’s never how I would be, it doesn’t solve anything. Sometimes I dislike Angie and that’s what makes her great to play. Yes she can be hard at times but I think it’s self preservation.
I love working with Patti and Paddy and having the chance to flesh out the characters. We did the comedy section with Jude’s fake workmates which was hilarious so then to also get to play the drama and the heartache has been really good.