Viewers have already noticed a spark between the pair, and Priya starts to find Paul more difficult to resist in scenes soon to air in Australia.
When a negative article about Erinsborough High appears in the local newspaper, Paul is a sole voice of support for Priya's abilities as school principal - which leaves her with food for thought.
Gooneratne told TV Week: "It's so surprising to Priya that Paul would defend her. Earlier, Ajay was not supporting her over this article in the newspaper, even though she has supported him through all of his things.
"All she really wanted was for Ajay to say that he's behind her 100% and believes in her. But instead of getting that support from her husband, she gets it from this man who she thinks hates her."
Although Priya tries to brush off Paul's support, a private moment between the pair later sees her moving in for a kiss with him - before stopping herself at the last moment.
Gooneratne continued: "This moment comes completely out of the blue, and Priya feels really awful afterwards. She's not the kind of woman who would do something like this. She's a very loyal person.
"But she's in a vulnerable situation where she's feeling fragile - and she absolutely hates herself for being tempted at this time."
Whether Priya can keep her feelings in check remains to be seen, but Gooneratne hinted that viewers will eventually learn more about her character.
She said: "There are a lot of things going on in Priya's family life that come to light later down the track, and may reveal why she's tempted to go down this path."
Neighbours airs these scenes next week on Eleven in Australia, and in October on Channel 5 in the UK.