Published Saturday, 02 November 2013
Emmerdale actor Michael Parr. (© ITV)
Ross first arrived on screens weeks ago when he was seen carjacking a terrified Laurel, only to be revealed as Moira Barton's nephew when he turned up on her doorstep with a gunshot wound following a botched job.
His presence in the Barton house prompts the arrival of his father, revealing the turbulent relationship within the family.
"Ross has kind of been outcast by his father James Barton, who is played by Bill Ward," explains Michael in behind-the-scenes footage.
"The relationship Ross has with James is not good; Ross has been missing for two years now. James has been trying to find him and things have kind of gone wrong for him, in his personal life and his in profession and he holds that against Ross.
"The reason he left home is because there has been some parent issues and a bit of abuse."
But while many in the village are quick to turn their back on Ross, Michael argues his character may not be as bad as he seems.
"Ross is misunderstood; a lot of the things that he wants to do and he tries to do are just misperceived by other people. He is not all bad though he does things that are bad," he said.
"Obviously he was the one that tried to rob Laurels car but that wasn't because he was trying to scare somebody, he was doing it because he needed to - he needed the money.
"Nobody is bad all the time; he just goes around things the wrong way because he has not been given the attention that he possibly should have been by his parents.
"Cain doesn't like him because I think Cain recognises himself in him as a younger man. Ross has kind of looked up to Cain because they are in the same line of work, but Cain has seen a side of Ross that makes him think he is a dangerous guy so Cain doesn't really want him around and that is why them two kind of clash heads."
And the actor hints there are some fantastic surprises ahead for the new arrival.
"You can definitely expect there to be some fireworks - in the bed and in fighting terms.
"He is going to be scrapping with anybody that just looks at him wrong. He is not afraid to throw down and he is also intrigued by every woman he sees so expect him to be doing a lot of chatting up as well."
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