Val returned to the village last week following three months in Portugal, but was stunned to discover that Eric (Chris Chittell) is now dating Brenda Walker (Lesley Dunlop).
Speaking on Daybreak today (May 31), Hardwick revealed that Val and Eric have not reunited in the material she is filming at the moment.
Pictured: Charlie Hardwick on Daybreak.
Asked what is coming up for Val, Hardwick replied: "Do you know, I don't know how it's going to pan out. I daren't look at what's coming next! But I know that I'm not with Eric.
"I think Val just assumed that she would just swan back in, there'd be a bit of an argument and then everything would be fine. But he's got a new lady friend!"
Confirming that she is thrilled to be back at Emmerdale, the actress added: "I thought that I was going to be a bit like, 'Oh, I don't like getting up in the mornings' - which I don't! But I like being back very much - I've surprised myself."
Hardwick also praised co-star Natalie Anderson for her performance in Val and Alicia's recent altercation scene.
She said: "I'm rubbish at stage fighting so I'm surprised that came out so well! But Natalie who plays Alicia, she's great - she timed it brilliantly."
Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV1.