The 15-year-old industry insider with knowledge of soap production reached the Liverpool thanks to Coronation Street and Boyzone star Keith Duffy.He will next month when his new role as first appears to be Declan.
The Irish actor told the ECHO: “My dad was delighted for me when I got the part in Hollyoaks.
“I watched him on Coronation Street. Seeing him doing it made me realise that acting was what I wanted to do.
“Dad’s helped me along the way and he’s letting me do my own thing.
“When I found out I was in Hollyoaks dad took me to the Soap Awards with him so I could meet some of the cast.
“He brought me so I could be introduced to Emmett Scanlan so that was good.”
Jay got the job after an acting agent watched him lead the cast in a school play.
He said: “I auditioned for Peter Pan a couple of years ago and I was spotted.
“I didn’t go to acting school. I’d only done a few small school productions, but I watched my dad on TV.
“I’ve been on a lot of Boyzone tours so I saw my dad in the spotlight.
“It was very good fun, not many guys get to go on tour with their dad.
“My dad taught me to appreciate what you are given, you’re not always going to get a chance.”