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Coronation Street Star Mollie Gallagher opened up about how she struggled while filming the attack on Seb and Nina.
Several teens are drawn into Corey Brent’s (Maximus Evans) gang during tonight’s Double Bill (May 5) as they harass and then violently assault Seb and Nina in a hate crime that has lasting implications.
Under pressure from Corey, Kelly feels she has no choice but to give in to peer pressure by slapping Nina as the attack scenes spiral out of control.
The brawl leaves Nina with emotional and physical scars – including shocking makeup after the bruising attack that even horrified Mollie when she first saw herself.
“I remember the first time I did it, I hadn’t filmed a scene yet and just rehearsed it in my mirror at home on my own,” she explained to Digital spy and other media.
“As soon as the makeup was done, I just wanted to cry. I remember looking at my reflection and thinking, ‘wow’. I already knew it was horrible but when you were really into it I really thought I could cry. It was a really strange feeling. I couldn’t stop thinking about all the scenes and what was going to happen. It helped me in a way, because I was able to keep that feeling when we filmed the scenes. It was a huge help. ”
The actress walked viewers through the attacks, revealing just how scared Nina got when Corey pressured Kelly to slap her.
“She got that [teasing] before and is used to it, but then the slap happens and they push Kelly on, ”Mollie said. She thinks Kelly isn’t going to do it, but then she does and realizes it could escalate further. I remember filming it and you can feel the panic. When we were filming it, there was something about the day that seemed a little intimidating – I think because it was just me and Harry against a large group of people. ”
Mollie admitted she found it “horrible” that a brutal attack like this happened in real life – because the writers based the script on the murder of Sophie Lancaster.
“This thing is happening and it’s such an important story to tell and I felt really privileged to receive such an important script and I was nervous because I want to do the script justice,” she said.
Describing Nina’s feelings after the attack, the actress said, “With Corrie, we got to watch Nina grow up and get to know her character. People love her because she is who she is. She defends herself and that of those around her.
“I think it’s so powerful to see a character this strong and what that does to their identity. I think it’s a powerful message and shows how much impact it can have on someone. Corrie is that it seems so real. It’s horrible but it shows the effects, definitely. ”
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on ITV, with occasional Friday episodes airing for an hour at 7:30 p.m.
Anyone who has witnessed or been the victim of a hate crime is encouraged to call the police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the True Vision website. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Coronation Street worked on the current scenario alongside the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which was established to challenge prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures, and expand UK hate crimes legislation, to following the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007.
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