Gerard McCarthy's strip shock
'Hollyoaks' hunk Gerard McCarthy is worried his mother will ''completely disown'' him following his nude photoshoot for Cosmopolitan magazine
Gerard McCarthy fears his mother will "completely disown" him over his naked photoshoot.
The 'Hollyoaks' hunk - who portrays bisexual cross-dresser Kris Fisher in the steamy Channel 4 soap - stripped off for a magazine spread in a bid show off his manly goods, much to the dislike of his mum.
He told BANG Showbiz: "My mother is ready to completely disown me. She was like, please tell me this is a joke? She works in a primary school and all the mums know I'm her son!"
Gerard recently shed his clothes for Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine in conjunction with the Everyman campaign to encourage men to check for testicular cancer.
However, he also hopes to use the image as an advert for a new girlfriend.
He said: "When I was asked to do it, I just thought to myself, 'Do you know what, I don't have a girlfriend, so why not use this as a full page advert!' Hopefully the girl of my dreams might then stumble across it and think to herself, 'I fancy doing that with him!' And then getting in touch!
"It's definitely an advert. I thought to myself it's getting to that stage in my life where it's either start internet dating or go on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. So I'm pimping myself out!"
The 29-year-old hunk posed for the photos - which appear in the latest issue of the magazine - backstage in a theatre.
After playing with a number of props, Gerard and the photographer settled on a more "tasteful" image.
He quipped: "It's as tastefully done as it can be stood absolutely starkers with just your hands covering yourself!
"Initially I was sat on a chair holding a piece of sheet music over it until I looked back over them. I thought it looked like a promotional poster for the show 'Calendar Girls'. I'm a firm believer that if you're going to do something, do it properly. So we changed it to me standing up against a wall in the dressing room, straight on, with my hands covering myself. And that's it!"