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Duncan James opens up about his steamy Hollyoaks scenes with Adam Rickitt

Duncan James signed up to star in new movie Dusk because he felt its message was so powerful.

Duncan James is enjoying locking lips with co-star Adam Rickitt on Hollyoaks, labelling the kissing scenes "quite fun".

The former Blue singer joined the Channel 4 soap last year (16), playing police officer Ryan Knight. His character is currently struggling with his sexuality, with Adam taking on the role of Kyle Kelly, who Ryan had an intimate relationship with before setting him up for a drug dealing offence in a bid to continue to keep his sexuality a secret.

Duncan and Adam have long been pals, with the former Coronation Street star also trying his luck in the music industry, so the prospect of snogging was a nerve-racking one.

However, once he got over his apprehension, Duncan, who came out as gay in 2012, admitted he began enjoying the make out scenes.

"It's been quite fun," he smiled during an interview on ITV's Lorraine on Tuesday (18Jul17). "My character likes to (sleep around) and since I've been in Hollyoaks, I've had flings with quite a few people.

"Thankfully we have only done one big kissy-kissy scene. It was like, we are going to go for it now, and it was awkward - it's like me going come on Lorraine, let's snog!"

But he added: "Once you do it, it's fine."

Ryan's life is showing no sign of calming down anytime soon, with Duncan revealing there are still set to be a "lot of twists and turns" in store for his alter ego.

The singer also spoke about his upcoming film project, after signing up to star in powerful film Dusk, written by Jake Graf.

Talking about his role as a transgender man in the movie, Duncan explained: "I met Jake a couple of years ago and we started talking and he told me about some of his films, I watched Dawn (the first in a trilogy), and he sent me the script.

"I liked the message that came across and there’s not many films (for trans men)."

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