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Wedding bells are set to chime in EastEnders between Janine and Mick, but the chances of the pair making it down the aisle are getting slimmer by the day.
Janine’s paranoia over Mick’s closeness with Linda is starting to overwhelm her, and when she finds out the pair have gone Christmas shopping together for Ollie, she struggles to keep her jealousy under control.
“The ultimate goal is to get the wedding brought forward ASAP,” Charlie Brooks said when discussing where Janine’s head is at in the story.
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“Her panic is that he’s going to change his mind, he’s not going to want to marry her, and he loves Linda. But if she can get him down the aisle, then that’s it, signed and sealed. And at worst, it means she’s got ownership over the pub if nothing else.”
But with Janine keeping a dark secret that would destroy any chance she has of happiness with Mick, would she turn on him if he rejected her? Charlie thinks it is likely.
“Yes, I would hope so!” she said. “Janine won’t change her colours, and if someone turns on her, she will be the first person to retaliate. If she feels like all hope is lost, then you will feel her wrath.
“She’s an emotional woman, she can’t control that, and she doesn’t behave well or appropriately because she doesn’t know how to behave well or appropriately.”
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As for why Janine is the woman she has become, Charlie thinks that many of Janine’s issues stem from her childhood and how many people she loved have left her life.
“My version of Janine is that there’s a deep self-loathing in her and hurt people hurt people, don’t they? There’s a sadness to her, I think.
“There’s so much grandiose ‘I’m wonderful, and Mick’s lucky to have me’, and all that is on the surface but actually, what’s going on underneath is a very small child, a little girl who’s totally lost and trying to survive and has never felt looked after.”
“There’s been abandonment, she’s had trauma, and it plays out in all the wrong ways.”
EastEnders airs on Mondays – Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
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