The 48-year-old actor has finished filming on the BBC One soap after 15 years and his character, Walford womanizer Max Branning, is leaving Albert Square tonight (2/19/21) and Jake admitted he may will never appear on TV again and he might end up running a business or he “pretty much feels like” owning a farm.
When asked what’s next for him, he said, “Just homeschooling. Nobody could ever offer me a job again.
“This could be the last time you will see me on screen. I could just slip off and open a business somewhere. Or become a farmer. I think that’s pretty good. “
Jake’s last day on set was no frills due to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic as the star admitted he had “left” Walford, which was “a little weird” after so long on the soap.
He said, “Obviously there wasn’t a party because of the pandemic so I just got out.
“I said goodbye to the person at the front gate and left.
“That was what was a bit strange after 15 years. I knew I was leaving since the summer so I had plenty of time to speak to everyone before I left. “
While Jake may no longer act, he is delighted that ‘EastEnders’ is leaving the door open for his possible return if his farmer career starts to falter.
He added to What’s On TV, “I’m very pleased that you kept the door open, but I have no plans to go back right now, so we’ll see what happens below.
“I’m excited to see what’s next, but I’m in no hurry to get involved right away.
“I teach my two children at home, that occupies me and I am grateful that I am at home for that.
“It’s been 15 years of hard work and not much at home, so it’s just nice to take a little break. Everything is good.”