Soap star Jamie Lomas has said he still has hopes of making it big in Hollywood despite his return to Hollyoaks.
The former husband of Coronation Street star Kym Marsh moved to America in 2012 to try and launch a career. He headed back to the UK a year later and signed on to play Jake Stone in EastEnders.
Jamie opened up about his stateside ambitions in an exclusive interview and photoshoot with Hello! magazine.
"Los Angeles is a massive draw for me," the 40-year-old said. "Acting is something that drives me and I won't stop until I achieve my goals. Hollywood might not be every actor's dream, but it certainly is mine."
In March, it was announced Bury-born Jamie would be reprising the role of Hollyoaks bad boy Warren Fox.
The character was last seen in the Chester-set soap in 2011. Jamie confirmed his revival of the villain fans love to hate in a trailer which teased upcoming storylines.
A soaped-up Warren can be seen grinning at the camera before asking: "Did you miss me?"
This was a nod to successful 1980s US soap Dallas, which killed off popular character Bobby Ewing (played by Patrick Duffy) only to bring him back a year later. Bobby's first scene took place in a shower, with the previous season explained away as a dream.
During his Hello! interview, in which he poses with daughter Polly, Jamie revealed he has taken up meditation and chanting.
"I've learnt a lot about myself going over to LA and being there alone," he said.
The actor was introduced to it by James DR Hickox, director of his most recent film The Importance Of Being Andy.
"I am very spiritual and learnt about chanting and meditation. Meditation does completely change you. It helped relieve me of a lot of stress and angst and made me calmer. I used to be stressed all the time and that doesn't get you anywhere in life," he admitted.
"Everyone has got a story and everybody is going through their own turmoil and challenges. I feel that over the past few years I have a better way of thinking and have started to become a better person."
Jamie has a son named Billy with his former girlfriend Haley Lever.
His relationship with ex-wife Marsh produced a son named Archie Jay in 2009, but the baby died moments after being born. Their daughter Polly was born in 2011, and the couple were married a year later only to divorce in 2014.
"My life has changed a lot since I was last in Hollyoaks," Jamie said.
"I am going back in a completely different mindset, older and wiser. My priorities have changed. I want to be a great dad - that is my purpose in life."
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