Steve John Shepherd says it took a while to get EastEnders’ baddie Michael Moon out of his system.
The actor spent three years playing the unstable character before opting to depart the soap last year.
“There’s that Nietzsche quote about staring into the abyss and the abyss staring back at you. You do access the most tawdry recesses of your mind to pull this stuff out, to make it real. It took me a long time to get him out of my system. – Steve John Shepherd, speaking to Standard
Michael bowed out of EastEnders during a storyline running over Halloween last year, which saw him stabbed to death by estranged wife Janine (Charlie Brooks) as their feud over daughter Scarlet culminated in dramatic fashion.
Despite Janine’s reputation, the stabbing was in self-defence but her self-preservation instincts saw her frame Michael’s ‘useful idiot’ Alice Branning (Jasmyn Banks) initially, before she later confessed the truth – avoiding jail after her account that the stabbing had been in self-defence was believed in court.
“Even though to me he’s dead, people still recognize me all the time. Children run away from me, crying. Horrible, horrible. I suppose the flipside is they believe in me.” – Steve John Shepherd
Steve was best known for his role in BBC2 drama This Life prior to his three year stint as Michael. The actor is currently starring opposite James Bolam in two-man fringe play Bomber’s Moon at London’s Park Theatre.