Neighbours boss Jason Herbison recently named Chloe Brennan as one to watch in his recent chat with Digital Spy – and with her storylines stepping up a gear, it’s easy to see why.
The latest addition to the Brennan family was recently given her first major plot as she was diagnosed with the Huntington’s gene, a degenerative brain disorder for which there is no cure.
Over the next few days, viewers will also see Chloe controversially start charging men for her company after her surprising encounter with widower Orian. But could this end in tears?
Digital Spy recently caught up with April Rose Pengilly, who plays Chloe, for some gossip on what’s ahead for her character.
How did you feel about taking on the Huntington’s storyline?
“It’s a lot of responsibility. It’s actually something I’d never heard of before and I think it’s the same for a lot of people. I really wanted to portray it accurately and sensitively – and I was really grateful to be offered the opportunity to shed some light on this illness.”
Chloe is normally very care-free and fun-loving. Has it been a challenge to show a different side of her?
“Yeah, it’s always fun to use the dramatic muscle as opposed to the comedic one! I do prefer playing comedy personally, but it’s always good to mix it up.”
Has there been a positive reaction from fans to the storyline so far?
“Yeah, definitely. From what I’ve seen, they’re worried that this might mean Chloe is leaving. I’m so grateful that, in such a short amount of time, people have embraced the character so much that they’re really upset about that!
“Before I was announced, I was warned that a lot of the fans can be quite hostile to a new character coming in, because it’s basically like this new person inviting themselves into your living room every night! So I was quite prepared for a lot of hate, but the fans have been so lovely to me.”
Will it be a while before Chloe tells her brothers what’s going on?
“Yeah, Chloe doesn’t want to tell them before David and Aaron’s wedding. She thinks it would ruin it for them when it should be such a happy day for the family. So it might be a little while before Chloe tells them. She’s in denial and pushing it aside.”
Chloe has an unusual new money-making plan coming up…
“Yeah, she starts a business called Cash For Company. It comes off the back of the date that she recently accepted with Orian, when he gave her quite a lot of cash.
“Later on, a friend of his says that he’d like to pay Chloe to come out with him too. It just snowballs from there. Chloe realises that she can make some extra cash to pay her mum back more quickly. She thinks: ‘Why not?’
“Chloe loves meeting new people anyway and she sets a lot of ground rules with the business. It’s absolutely platonic – it’s being friendly to people who are lonely, while also finding a way to pay her mum back. So Chloe thinks it’s win-win, really.”
Will this cause some controversy?
“Well, Mark is always the disapproving father figure! He’s always worried about Chloe, so he’s quite concerned about what’s going on. There’s also a situation coming up where it doesn’t end very well…”
We also have some fan questions for you! Would you like the writers to explore Chloe’s sexuality more?
would you like to see chloe’s sexuality explored more?— Kraina (@TeamRebecchi) August 12, 2018
“Yeah, definitely. We’re conscious of the fact that Chloe is bisexual, but we didn’t want her to be defined by being a bisexual character. It’s just one element of who she is. We didn’t want to focus on it too much or make it her whole identity, so we’re conscious of that but I definitely want to explore that more.”
Some fans have spotted a chemistry between Chloe and Ned. Is that deliberate and would you like it to be explored more?
Will we get to see more scenes of Chloe and Ned? I really like the dynamic they have and they have the potential to be a really cute couple.— Laura the Typer Mumma (@Park_Neighbours) August 11, 2018
“Yeah, when Ned first came back, there were some flirtatious scenes where Chloe was trying to get info from him on behalf of Terese. Then he started working at Lassiters and it fizzled out.
“But I’d definitely like to explore it down the track. I love working with Ben Hall. I actually knew him prior to Neighbours, because we were both in a mini-series called Brock. It’s a lot of fun working with him.”
The fans would also love to see a scene between Chloe and her jailed brother Tyler. Would you like it to happen?
Will we get to see Chloe interact with all her brothers? Would love some scenes of her with Tyler…— Neighbours_edits (@EditsNeighbours) August 10, 2018
“Never say never, that’s all I’m going to say!”
Who comes up with Chloe’s one-liners? Do you ever ad-lib in any of the scenes?
Chloe gets the best one liners! Your delivery is always spot on! Who comes up with these? All scripted or do you/other cast members throw ideas out too?P.s you’re doing a great job with the Huntingtons storyline. Chloe has become my fave female on the show. #neighbours— Sleepless (@Sleepless121) August 11, 2018
“It’s a mixture. We have some incredible writers. I also add some fun little bits in there where I can, so it’s a bit of both. The writers do great work, so I always enjoy bringing what they’ve created to life.
“Matt and Scott, who play Aaron and Mark, have actually said a couple of times that there were certain lines in the script where they hadn’t been sure how it’d be said, but that I always find a way to make it work. They’re very sweet to say that.”
Who would you like to work with more?
Which member of the cast would you like to work with more?— Simon Antink (@SimonAntink) August 11, 2018
“I’m good friends with Sharon Johal, who plays Dipi. She’s lovely and always a lot of fun to work with. But I kind of feel like I get a chance to work with everyone.
“I love working with Alan Fletcher. He’s such a lovely person – very kind and supportive. I was lucky that I was able to work with him for all of the intense Huntington’s scenes. He’s the iconic Dr Karl, so it was a bit of a ‘pinch me’ moment to work with him so much. Whenever I get a scene with him and Susan, I’m really grateful. It’s the same with Ryan Moloney, who plays Toadie.”
Who makes you laugh the most on set?
Who makes you laugh most on set?— Claire Louise Nasey (@torchwoodangel) August 10, 2018
“100% Scott McGregor, who plays Mark. We have each other in stitches. I watched an episode the other day where I wondered how they’d managed to put the scene together because he’d laughed in every single take!
“If the camera is just on me and Scott is opposite me, he’s probably laughing behind the scenes. Even in the serious scenes, he’ll be secretly laughing. We have a great time.”
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.
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