Coronation Street: Paula Lane says Kylie sees Gail Platt as a mother figure

And Ben Price empathises with Michelle Collins being the newbie


Corrie star Paula Lane has revealed that in forthcoming episodes of the show, her character Kylie will have a heart-to-heart with mother in law Gail (Helen Worth) and that’ll prompt the pair to become close.

As viewers will know, Kylie and Gail have been at each other’s throats since Kylie met and subsequently married Gail’s son David Platt.

Speaking to Inside Soap about how Kylie and Gail get closer, Paula said, “It’s the only occasion, apart from the first time Max was taken away, that Kylie’s ever broken down.

“But she does when she’s talking about things with Gail. I think it’s probably because Gail’s a mother figure.

“Kylie’s never had that. So when Gail actually says, ‘You’ve not got a maternal bone in your body and you’re always angry’, it hits home.

“No-one’s ever taken the time to talk to her about it before.

“From the start, she could never really offer [Max] anything. Kylie was only 16 and living on the streets when she had him.

“She was on a downward spiral, so it was easier to totally cut off from him than risk rebuilding their bond and then losing him again.”

In upcoming episodes, Kylie and David begin the fight to get custody of Max, and they soon discover that they’re in with a good chance.

Of that, Paula said, “Kylie’s old fears are still very much there…

“But after she’s had her big heart-to-heart with Gail, Kylie’s reassured that she’s at least going to have the support of her husband and his mother this time round.

“It gives her the confidence to think that things might actually work out.”

In other news, Ben Price has revealed that he knows exactly what Michelle Collins is going through as she settles into her role on Coronation Street.

There has of course been much criticism of Michelle’s Manchester accent, but Ben, who plays Nick Tilsley, is confident that it’ll blow over.

But he also said that he’d experienced similar hostility from viewers when he replaced Adam Rickitt as Nick.

Speaking to What’s On TV, Ben said, “When I took over as Nick, people needed time to get used to me.

“They were saying, ‘Is he right? Should he be like this? He’s not Adam Rickitt…’

“Well, shows move on and Michelle’s great. She just needs time, like we all do.

“I felt I was getting Nick and beginning to understand where I was with the family, and then suddenly the 50th comes up and you realise it’s a very, very big show and, in the life of Coronation Street, I’m a mere blip.

“Now the show’s 50 years old, you have to progress and try new things.

“Soap is meant to be debated and talked about. I don’t think it’s lost its humour, the figures are up, people are watching it, it’s working very well.”

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