EastEnders stars Balvinder Sopal and Heather Peace have shared their hopes for the future of their characters, Suki and Eve.
The pair have been involved in a clandestine relationship for the past few months, with Suki struggling to come to terms with her sexuality and pushing Eve away as a result.
Both Balvinder and Heather have connected with the story and been touched by the response from the viewers.
“People love this pairing, and I think they’re really enjoying the way the story is unfolding because it has this classic EastEnders vibe,” Balvinder told Inside Soap.
“I really love that Suki and Eve are caring and we’re taking our time. I’m rooting for anything that brings them happiness!”
Heather added that she thinks it will be “interesting” how the dynamic with Suki’s husband Nish, who was recently released from prison, will play out, adding: “Eve will want to protect Suki, that’s for sure.”
Both stars have also noted how the story arc is sensitive on both a personal and cultural level.
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“We’re talking about two marginalised groups here – the South Asian community and the LBGTQ+ community,” Balvinder explained to Inside Soap. “I don’t want to tell a story from just one perspective; it’s important to me to find humanity and truth.”
Heather, who joined the BBC soap last year, echoed the sentiments of her co-star, adding: “We’re telling two cultural stories here. I’m a lesbian in real life with a wife and kids.
“I know in Eve’s situation that I would never be leading someone to the bedroom. It would have to be their choice, and that scene worked really well on screen.”
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Balvinder, who has played Suki since 2020, also spoke of the impact the story has had and the response she has received so far.
“I was so nervous because I’ve never told a story like this before,” she said. “A lot of women from Suki’s generation never thought they could have anything other than marriage and children.
“But I’ve had a mix of messages from all different backgrounds telling me the story is resonating with them.”
EastEnders airs on Mondays – Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
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