Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Paddy Bever has hinted at the romantic future for his Coronation Street character Max Turner and girlfriend Sabrina Adetiba.
The teens have been dating for a few months, though their relationship has been complicated with Max's ex-girlfriend Lauren Bolton coming back into his life.
With Lauren set to move in with Ryan Connor in the flat next door to Sabrina, Max tries to prove himself by going official with Sabrina as a couple.
"Max is torn in between two people that he cares very much about when Lauren moves into the flat next door to Sabrina," Paddy explained. "I think Sabrina is a really good influence on Max, she's been responsible for growing him up a lot."
The actor went on: "I see it as Sabrina is his head and Lauren is his heart, but I think he's acknowledged that his heart is also with Sabrina a bit. I think Max is realising that, actually, just because Sabrina isn’t his first love doesn't mean that he can't recognise his feelings for her.
"Even if you marry someone and have children with them, you'll never love anyone like you love your first love. But for Max and Sabrina, I think she's really good for him, so let's hope that they become a little power couple."
Paddy acknowledges that part of Max's complicated feelings for Lauren relate to both of them being able to escape the far-right group where they met.
"I think when the last time we saw Lauren, she had her dad and the gang who sadly she'd formed a dependency on," he mentioned. "Whereas this time when she's come back, especially whilst she was living with Max, she's integrated in his family as they have taken Lauren in.
"He does feel responsible for her because he cares so much about her and she doesn't have anyone else, and particularly after [dad] Reece's sentencing, she's found herself on her own and Max is the closest person to her."
Asked whether Max and Lauren could properly get together someday, Paddy replied: "I'm not sure — Max and Lauren do have an undeniable bond but I think it's a trauma bond. We've lightly touched on some kind of exposure to abuse for Lauren in that far-right gang, and we obviously know from Max that there's violence that he's traumatised by, particularly in terms of when Max went on the camping trip, and also the psychological abuse."
He continued: "I think there is that bond where they both understand each other in a way that Sabrina has not been a victim of these things, so she might feel slightly out of the loop in that. Also, again, the fact that Lauren is his first love — there will always be that temptation for your first love.
"For me, Max and Lauren's relationship has evolved now to a point where Max sees Lauren as family and feels very protective of her. I think he sees a lot of his mum in her and has that fear of what happened to his mum, happening to Lauren. Like I always say, Max is so loyal that he'll always want to protect her, but will he want to be back with her? I don't know. It depends on the circumstance, I guess."
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.
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