Coronation Street: Seb mentions Piers Morgan
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Speaking to Express.co.uk and other publications, Coronation Street’s Mollie talked about how it was to film the hate crime attack scenes involving Nina and Seb Franklin (played by Harry Visinoni). Official spoilers have revealed the couple will be targeted by a group of the cobbles’ teens because of Nina’s goth style. And the ITV soap has promised the episodes will leave audiences’ hearts racing, especially after Mollie admitted the scenes were hard to film.
“The name-calling and all that stuff, Nina’s had all that before,” Molly explained. “She’s used to that.
“But when Kelly Neelan (Millie Gibson) slaps her after the guys are egging her on, there’s this moment where Nina doesn’t believe Kelly will do it.
“And then she does, and it’s a bit like ‘Oh, right’ and that’s when she knows this could escalate even further and gets a bit worried.”
Kelly, along with Corey Brent (Maximus Evans) and some other youngsters, decide to target Nina and Seb as they walk past them, and chase them before launching a vile attack on the two.
Working alongside The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Coronation Street writers decided to create the hard-hitting storyline of appearance-related hate crime to raise awareness of the prejudice people face.
Mollie said: “When we filmed it, there was just something about the day, I think because we were suddenly in a big group all of a sudden, which we hadn’t been before.
“There was just this feeling – and it did feel quite intimidating. Because they were brilliant, and I was a bit like ‘Okay, bye’.
“But after the slap is definitely the moment when it gets serious really.”
Mollie also confessed one part of the filming left her feeling very emotional.
When the makeup team had done Nina’s post-attack makeup, and she saw the extent of Nina’s injuries, Mollie nearly burst into tears.
“As soon as the makeup came on, I literally wanted to cry. I was just looking at myself, at my reflection in the mirror while it was happening,” the actress explained.
“And I was like, ‘Wow’. I already knew it would be absolutely awful, but when you’re sat in that look, it was just a really strange moment.
“And I actually thought I could cry in that moment. I was thinking about all the scenes and what was coming up and just kept thinking: ‘Wow’.
“And it did help as well because I saw myself in that way and then during the scenes I kind of held onto that feeling.
“So it was a massive help, too.” Fans will see the brutal scenes on Wednesday’s episode, which were inspired on the real-life killing of Sophie Lancaster in 2007.
Sophie, who was 20, and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were set upon and beaten in a park simply because of the way they looked.
Sophie sadly died from her injuries days later. Her mum Sylvia has been working with soap writers to assist with the story.
Nina lives with her eccentric but popular uncle Roy Cropper (David Neilson), who will be stunned after finding out about the attack.
Talking about Roy’s reaction when he sees Nina in hospital, Mollie said: “The scenes that he has are amazing.
“It was just a moment of uncle and niece, and it was a time where Roy kind of shows the most feelings.
“And it was so real, I remember it was like I was living it in my head – all the stuff he says to Nina while she’s in the hospital bed.
“And I was just thinking about Nina and Roy and it was really sad and really powerful,” Mollie continued.
She added Roy’s reaction to Nina’s attack lets the audience see that they are close family members, and how nice it is that they’ve both had somebody lately.
“And working with David is amazing,” she said. “I’m always learning little bits and I’m like ‘Oh my God, I’ve learnt that from David.'”
The devastating attack will leave the young couple fighting for their lives, but what will happen to the group responsible?
The storyline is set to be long-lasting, and one that will leave a huge impact on all involved.
Coronation Street continues on Wednesday at 7.30pm on ITV.
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