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Hollyoaks star Eva O’Hara shares more details of the show’s special episode

Verity actress calls International Women’s Day episode “so forward-thinking”.

Hollyoaks star Eva O’Hara has teased further details about the soap’s special International Women’s Day episode, revealing that she is “immensely proud” to be a part of it.

Eva’s character Verity Hutchinson will play a major role in the episode, which airs on Channel 4 on Tuesday (March 8) to mark the international day of recognition, and the actress has provided some extra information about what we can expect to see from Verity and other female characters.

“The episode weaves through the lives of the women in the show, which is wonderful,” she told.

“My part is connected to Theresa (Jorgie Porter), Zoe (Garcia Brown) and Cleo (Nadine Mulkerrin), who are friends with Verity. There are different scenarios between the three of them as they combat the labels and casual sexism that women encounter daily.”

One such incident in the episode will be Verity being subjected to a sexist comment by her brother, Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard), with Eva explaining that this moment highlights the type of everyday prejudices that women have to face.

Revealing that Tony’s comment is “very innocently made”, she said: “But that’s the wonderful thing about this episode – it’s not landing comments for the sake of an eye roll. It’s the bad use of normal phrases that are used on a day-to-day basis.

“Verity’s always been bolshie and strong – but with that comes the sexist remarks of being too brash or too confident!”

It has been confirmed that the episode will open with a time-hop, offering a glimpse of what life was like for the village’s women in the past, and Eva revealed that she would love to have the opportunity to explore this again.

“We move through the ages in the village, which is exciting – I wish we could do more!” she said. “It starts with me at an office in the 1950s. There’s a woman cracking on with her work, and a gruff boss slams down more for her to do, with no acknowledgement of how hard she’s already working.

“It might be brief, but that moment packs a punch, and lets us see how things have changed – or how they haven’t…”

The actress, who joined the soap in 2020, added that she feels “immensely proud” of the special episode, saying that she hopes it will spark further conversation among viewers.

“Hollyoaks has been so forward-thinking, not only in terms of this episode, but in following important storylines about misogynistic behaviour,” she said. “Although the episode itself is very joyful with the feminist element, there’s a lot coming up that is vital to talk about.”

The International Women’s Day episode will also focus on characters including Ella Richardson (Erin Palmer), Sienna Blake (Anna Passey), Olivia Bradshaw (Emily Burnett) and Nancy Osborne (Jessica Fox), and will feature on-screen graphics to promote discussion around unhelpful labels that are sometimes given to women.