This storyline felt extremely important, given conversations about male violence
have escalated since 2021, following the tragic kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard
by Metropolitan police office Wayne Couzens, Sabina Nessa
, a young South Asian woman was killed in a London park by a man known to her, and countless other women have fallen victim to the violence of their male partners. In an interview with Digital Spy,
Hocking described how vital the storyline was especially given the timing. “I knew that this was an important story to share and to tell especially because we started filming during the pandemic, during lockdown
and domestic abuse
was at an all-time high at that time if you look at the figures
,” Hocking explained. The actor also detailed how emotional it was to portray someone suffering domestic abuse stating she “underestimated” the effect it would have on her as a person. “It was heartbreaking at times. It really was,” she said, per Digital Times.