Emmerdale star reveals Liv's horror as she thinks Noah raped her
Emmerdale star Isobel Steele has revealed Liv Flaherty’s torment as she is led to believe that Noah Dingle (Jack Downham) may have raped her while she was passed out drunk.
The actress talked to Metro.co.uk about the ongoing spiral her alcoholic alter ego is suffering and admitted that, at first, she is most full of self loathing for herself.
However, when Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham) fuels the prospect that Noah may have sexually assaulted her, Liv is terrified that Noah might be capable of such a thing.
She told us: ‘Initially, she’s more concerned with the fact she’s drank again, then comes the fear of what happened that night and the memory loss.
‘She knows what she’s capable of when she’s had a drink and I think her own behaviour scares her. But when she sees the bruises on her arm, she’s thinking the worst, definitely.’
However, Gabby reckons that Noah may well have attacked her and describes her experiences of him being so intense with her. As Gabby plants these thoughts in Liv’s mind, Isobel admits that she is thrown massively.
She revealed: ‘She’s shocked. Confused because she can’t say for sure who it was and what actually happened. I think a little embarrassed that it’s a family member being accused and someone she’s grown up with.
‘She doesn’t want to believe that Noah would be capable of something so horrific and out of character.
‘She definitely has doubts about his guilt, but she also doubts herself and feels pretty useless in the situation. Gabby is the driving force in this and the more she talks to her the more convinced she is.’
The ordeal is just the latest in a long series of troubling situations since Liv relapsed but Isobel has enthused that she enjoys the challenge of playing such a tough story.
She mused: ‘I’ve actually really enjoyed playing out this storyline the past 6 months. It’s been really nice to get stuck into something properly and feel that little bit of extra pressure. It definitely keeps you on your toes in a job like this.
‘The most challenging part I think is knowing how to play every scene. When alcohol is involved, I have to make a decision about how Liv is going to react with x amount of alcohol when she interacts with x character.
‘Sometimes she’ll feel ashamed, especially around Vinny, and other times she’ll become aggressive and defensive when confronted about her addiction. There still needs to be some remains of who Liv is behind all of this, that’s really important to me.’
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