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James Corden: 'I hate Hollyoaks'
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Gavin And Stacey star James Cordon is on the cover of Esquire

Gavin And Stacey star James Corden has slammed his former Hollyoaks colleagues.

The 29-year-old told Esquire magazine that he would rather "die" than appear in the popular soap again.

Corden, 29, had a small role in the series eight years ago before he went on to become the star and co-creator of his current romantic sitcom.

He said: "I'd rather die than go back. I can't tell you the sheer disdain I have for the place and people."

The 29-year-old continued: "I met a couple of really good friends there, but it's (only) 20% nice people.

"It just breeds p***** - all these people walking around with this chicken-in-a-basket fame, talking about going to LA, you know?"

'High stakes'

Since appearing in Hollyoaks, Cordon has become one of TV's hottest properties with Gavin And Stacey already winning two Baftas after making its debut on BBC3.

Cordon is also now executive-producing a pilot of the show in the US.

"Every aspect of my life, personally and professionally, feels so different," he explained.

"The stakes feel so much higher than they were. It's inconceivable to me that I could be on the cover of a magazine, because people on a magazine don't look like me.

""I must be the biggest fella you've put on the cover of Esquire, mustn't I?"

James Cordon appears on the front cover of the September issue of Esquire magazine.



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