Hollyoaks wasn't always known for being the forward-thinking, diverse soap that it is now. It used to have a reputation amongst the public for casting people for their appearance over anything else, which wasn't helped by the fact they used to release yearly 'Hunks' and 'Babes' calendars until 2012.
Now, Ste Hay actor Kieron Richardson has admitted that he used to hate doing the photoshoots for the calendars, because it used to give him body confidence issues.
Speaking on a Facebook Live to promote the soap's 25th anniversary (via The Mirror), Kieron said: "It used to be horrendous for me. When I knew that time was coming up – I think we used to shoot it in April – and I've never been known for having a body.
"I've always been just skinny and hated being skinny. I tried to go to the gym but wasn't getting successful. I tried to eat more, but was just a naturally skinny person.
"So I think when we used to do the calendar I was like, 'Please can I just do the headshot?'
"Obviously the show was renowned for having a body like that or what I thought back in the day, and that's what people's perception of it was. But then when you actually work there and watch it, it's now more about the actual talent rather than what people look like."
The soap celebrated its 25th anniversary (yesterday) by re-airing the first ever episode, which shocked fans with the old-school – and much extended – version of the theme tune.
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. Classic episodes, titled Hollyoaks Favourites, air on Fridays at 7pm on E4.
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