For Reuben Boyd Harris’ parents Chloe Harris (Jessie Elland) and Mackenzie Boyd (Lawrence Robb), a lot has changed since the baby’s birth in Emmerdale.
Recently married Mackenzie and Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) had watched their marriage fall apart when Charity discovered he was the father of the child and that he had been lying to her for months. Even though Mackenzie is heartbroken about Charity’s passing, he and his little son are becoming closer.
Being a mother has brought about a significant transformation for Chloe, which was exacerbated when Reuben became quite unwell while being treated in the hospital. Until she was certain that her kid would be okay, Chloe would not leave his side. According to Jessie Elland, this highlighted a level of toughness that was always there in her personality.
She may have been a little pampered when she was younger, but I believe she is used to having her way. She remarked, “I believe being a mother has really brought out that struggle in her and placed it front and centre.
Reuben and Chloe start becoming closer as Mackenzie becomes more engaged in his life, as Jessie indicated.
They are in the same situation because of their exclusion. They’re the only ones who really get and empathise with each other’s plight since they don’t receive much compassion from others, and it’s a terrible scenario. Additionally, they have a common passion for Reuben.
Chloe quickly recognises she has emotions for the father of her child, and Jessie already described what occurs next.
They just returned from the hospital after a check-up to ensure Reuben’s well-being, which caused Chloe a great deal of worry since they would learn if the meningitis will have any long-term implications. There is a tremendous feeling of relief and cohesion now that they know everything is well.
We have a very sweet moment where they are stranded in the vehicle because they don’t want to wake Reuben up by getting out. We can clearly sense Chloe and Mackenzie’s developing relationship. Following this encounter, while they are saying goodbye, Chloe lunges in for the kiss, feeling somewhat encouraged by how well they are getting along.
At this moment, Mackenzie rejects her, which is when the ‘battle’ Jessie mentioned before actually begins.
What I like most about Chloe is that she takes ownership of it and claims, “I did that because we had a great day together, I like you, and I wanted to explore these feelings I’ve found I have for you,”
The actor spoke out. So, despite her first shame, she doesn’t feel bad. She is so certain that she can remark, “I did it because I like you.”
Chloe’s motivation for continuing to pursue a connection with Mackenzie, according to Jessie, is safety for both her and her unborn child.
She had secretly craved for this family. Particularly considering all that has occurred to her in the past, including her family, sister, and father, as well as her move to the village and having it torn out from under her when she discovered that Kerry (Laura Norton) was her mother, as well as having that new family and things taken away from her…She is anxious for a foundation in her family. For her, it would be a dream to have the three of them together.
Although Chloe’s sister Amy Wyatt (Natalie Ann Jamieson) cautions her against pursuing Mackenzie due to how Charity and the other Dingles would respond, Jessie reminded us that it’s the ‘Wyatt’ in her own character that causes Chloe to disobey the advice.
She argued that “Chloe being Chloe” wants to fight for what’s right for both her and Reuben. If someone tells you not to do something, you’re like, well why not? I believe she does have a streak of stubbornness, which is definitely like a Wyatt quality. I need to act right now!
‘I do believe that being a mother has brought out almost a ruthlessness, for want of a better phrase. Reuben, the sort of family she wants for Reuben, and Reuben’s stability are more important to her than the guilt she feels for Charity.