Emmerdale fans have always been suspicious of teacher Maya Stepney but even more so after youngster Jacob Gallagher kissed her – could this be the start of a dark storyline for the Dales?
But it soon became clear Jacob’s feelings had grown to more than platonic for the teacher as she moved into Ferrer’s Barn with David (Matthew Wolfenden). So when his stepdad delivers an underwhelming gift for Maya’s birthday, Jacob uses it as a chance to score points by getting Maya a better, more thoughtful present.
He also causes trouble when David is late for Maya’s birthday dinner as he is consoling his ex-wife Tracy (Amy Walsh) over the death of her auntie. Jacob tells Maya how David’s with Tracy leading to a confrontation which ends Jacob having a go at David for letting Maya down on her birthday.
Maya’s still less than thrilled when David attempts to make it up to her, which Jacob seems to revel in, especially when she pours him a glass of champagne. Giving Jacob a hug, he misreads the situation and kisses Maya, who takes a few seconds to realise what is happening before pushing him away.
Given all that Maya’s former husband Liam Cavanagh and his daughter Leanna have had to say about and how she didn’t immediately push Jacob away, has Maya got form for misleading youngsters as Emmerdale fans are predicting the start of a dark grooming storyline.
For actress Louisa Clein, it’s a great storyline as she settles into village life and told Inside Soap magazine that arriving for filming on the purpose built village set is her standout moment so far. Louisa said: “You arrive to the most amazing countryside and for some reason every time I’ve filmed there, the weather has been pretty good – really bright sunshine, open countryside and animals bouncing around. I remember getting there and thinking, ‘Yes, this is my new place of work’. It’s pretty spectacular.”
Facing fan questions, Louisa also revealed she’d love her character to buddy up with Faith Dingle, played by Sally Dexter, Matthew Wolfenden, who plays David, manages to injure himself a lot which results in rewrites, and that Maya would probably be pleased to see her ex Liam paired up with Bernice Blackstock. She also admitted that the oddest place she’d been recognised was at the doctor’s surgery during a smear test!
How will Jacob react to Maya’s rejection or will Maya confront the boy about his actions. Stay tuned to Emmerdale to find out.
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