Curtis and AJ Pritchard respond to backlash over their acting on Hollyoaks

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AJ and Curtis Pritchard have spoken up about the backlash they received for their recent acting debut on Hollyoaks. Earlier in the month, the Love Island and Strictly Come Dancing alumni joined the soap opera as a pair of brothers named Marco and Jacob.

Despite the brothers being fairly accustomed to all things showbiz, one scene in particular, in which they hatched a mischievous plan against Trish (played by Denise Welch), received a thoroughly cringey reception. The scene in question has been doing the rounds on social media, with one person tweeting the video alongside the caption, "What in the GCSE drama is going on here then?"

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They even received a bit of stick from ex-Hollyoaks stars. Gerard McCarthy, who previously played Kris Fisher on the soap, retweeted the clip, adding, "The next time a producer/casting director says the words 'but they have a big social media following'…. Just point them in the direction of this absolute car crash!"

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In an interview with OK! Magazine, Curtis admitted that he wasn't even aware of the backlash until asked about it by the interviewer. He said, "Up to this moment I felt absolutely nothing about it because I hadn't realised anybody had said anything."

AJ added, "We always get that, we always get different things and for me it's always about positivity... I've learned to go for the positives and not the negatives. If someone's got constructive criticism, 100 per cent that's great, but if it's just negativity then it's not something I'm going to waste my energy and time on that."

Talking about his time on the soap, Curtis said, "I thoroughly enjoyed it, I just remember being so excited to be acting, actually having my lines and focusing towards something like that – I was super excited.

"Let alone to be in Hollyoaks, I've watched Hollyoaks since a kid. We'd come home from school, have some dinner put The Simpsons on and then Hollyoaks would be on straight after."

Fair play to Curtis and AJ for taking the criticism so well.

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