Hollyoaks intimate scenes far from sexy as room of 30 people watch racy romps

Hollyoaks star David Tag confessed filming intimate scenes is far less sexy than it looks on screen.

The 38-year-old portrayed Sylver McQueen from 2018 until the character was killed off in 2022. During his four years on the soap, he had a number of racy moments including a marriage to Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe).

Recalling filming those particular scenes, the actor exclusively told Daily Star: "If you do an intimate scene, people always think, 'You must really enjoy that' but there’s a camera in my face and about 30 people staring at me while my shirt is off."

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"It’s not the most sexy thing that you can do," he laughed. Sylver became known for being topless in most of his scenes, but that didn't stop the former soap star from questioning whether it was always needed.

David continued: "I didn’t mind those scenes too much, it’s just the nature of the game. I don’t have any qualms about it or anything and it became part and parcel with my character so I was always like, 'let’s do this'."

Sylver's main storyline on the show centred around his on-off relationship with Mercedes up until his death. Off-screen, the pair struck up a close bond as David gushed about his former soap wife.

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"Jen is unbelievable," he said. "She’s still a really good friend of mine now even though I've not been on the show for a while now. She's such she's so amazing to work with. She’s very talented and very professional."

The star went on: "With the intimate scenes and stuff like that, you never felt awkward or anything, she was always on your level. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and if I ever get the opportunity again, I'd love to."

In December, David will be playing Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk in Middleton's Arena. The star is no stranger to pantomime, having performed as the Ringmaster in Goldilocks and the Three Bears in both 2021 and 2022.

Speaking about the upcoming show, David admitted he is ready to tackle the role as it's something he hasn't done before. He said: " I’m excited to get my teeth into it because I’ve not really done anything like this before."

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