Sarcastic and a little bit of a troublemaker, Mackenzie spent most of his first few months in the town trying to get back in touch with Moira (Natalie J. Robb), tiffing with Cain (Jeff Hordley), and flirting with, to quote Lawrence Robb from our most recent interview, “everything that had a pulse.”
For Mack, life in the Dale is very different now. He is a far cry from the lone wolf he once was and Lawrence misses that element of his character. He works at the pub and lives with partner Charity (Emma Atkins).
He said to us, “I absolutely miss the lone wolf part since he was his own boss.”
He didn’t have to answer to anyone else and was free to do anything he chose. There was a point when I, Lawrence, not Mackenzie, had the impression that Mackenzie occasionally followed Charity around like a tiny lap dog. Because he’s undoubtedly a powerful person, “I think we’re breaking free of that mentality a little bit now, and that’s great.” He was so carefree and full of laughs that Charity at first found herself drawn to him in part because of this. Not that there was ever anything romantic there, but it was fantastic to just bounce off other people who weren’t one person, and that’s probably what ignited the spark between him and Aaron. So I don’t get that bit.Despite the fact that Mackenzie has undergone significant change, Lawrence enjoys working closely with Emma Atkins. He said, “But saying that, working with one person and getting to know them and how they work – Emma and I, every time we’ve got scenes together, we call each other the day before to make sure everything is ready to go, which allows us to play on set and makes the whole thing far more enjoyable.” It’s more authentic because you get to see how someone operates and what they do. Lawrence and Emma are obviously sprinkled in there, even though we’re playing Mackenzie and Charity, which helps to give the characters more life.
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