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Coronation Street's Sophie Webster begins her journey of self-discovery with best friend Sian at the end of this week when the unlikely pair share a kiss. Sunday evening's smooch marks the start of Sophie's next chapter in Weatherfield as she slowly comes to terms with the fact that she's gay, while Sian struggles with the surprise turn of the evening. Digital Spy recently gave actresses Brooke Vincent and Sacha Parkinson - who play Sophie and Sian respectively - a call to learn more about Corrie's first ever lesbian storyline.

The storyline's been in the pipeline for a while now - why has it taken so long for it to come to fruition?
[BV] "When I first found out, I hadn't even filmed the whole chastity thing, so it was a long time ago. I think instead of just throwing me in there and just putting it out about 'the big kiss' - it's not about that. They've tried to get it across that it's nothing about the kiss or the relationship, it's about how they both feel and it's played as a love story."
[SP] "They didn't want it to be something that just happened and then was forgotten about. They want to play it as a love story and so wanted to show our friendship grow for a while."

How did you find out about the story?
[BV] "They called me and Sacha into a meeting with Kim [Crowther] the producer. I'd heard about this storyline they were going to have for me - I don't know where I got it from and it's probably me that gave them the idea opening my big mouth! Then they got me and my mum in and told us about the whole chastity one first and Kim said, 'Then we find out that Sophie's not in love with Ben, she's in love with Sian!' My stomach just turned with nerves - it was more shock than anything."
[SP] "When I first got told, I was laughing because I didn't believe it! I'd heard a rumour but when I went in, they told me it was happening! It was a shock that I'd been given the chance to take on such a big story but I was just excited. Brooke and I were told together, so we were both nervous and worried about making sure we pulled it off. I feel fortunate to have been given this opportunity."

Have you found yourself acting scenes differently, knowing where the story was headed?
[BV] "No, I don't think I have - that's the whole shock of it. I didn't want to do it like she does long gazes at Sian because it's not like that. It's not that she's been thinking about it, she's shocked and it comes from nowhere. I wanted that to pull off on screen - I didn't want people to think, 'Oh, she's been thinking that for ages'."

What did your parents think about it?
[BV] "My mum was with me and she said, 'At the end of the day Brooke, it's you that's got to do it and as long as you're alright with it'. I've got really good support from my mum and best friend, my family and my best friend's family, so all the people that matter don't mind and if anybody minds they don't matter."
[SP] "When I called my mum, she was surprised but understood. It's not been done before, so it's a big deal for me."

How does the kiss come about?
[SP] "Sian returns to the Street but there's a big argument about this other girl called Tamsin. Sian and Ryan split up and when Sophie goes to talk to Ryan, he makes a pass at her. When Sophie tries to tell Sian about it, she just doesn't believe her and thinks that she's lying. The truth eventually comes out about Ryan which results in Sian running back to Sophie in tears. At that moment, Sophie and Sian kiss…"
[BV] "It's as much of a shock to Sophie as it is to Sian. Sian runs out and Sophie lies on the bed like, 'What happened there?' Even from the start, Sophie's not bothered. Sian runs off and she goes and sees Sian and she's like, 'You tried to kiss me!' and Sophie's like, 'So? And?' because it's not a big thing to her, it's just how she's feeling about her friend. It's not one of those things she can explain but it felt right."

How does Sian react?
[SP] "Sian pulls away but then they kiss again. For Sian, she's never really thought about Sophie in that way before. For Sophie though, she's had a chance to think about it and she knows that it's what she wants. For a moment, it feels right for Sian but then she realises what's happening and rushes out."

Was it strange kissing your best friend?
[BV] "(Laughs) Sasha's one of my best friends so acting with her we have a laugh and that really helped. Even while we're filming this whole storyline we're still having a laugh. I go, 'I'm going to eat cheese and onion crisps before our kiss!' and she goes 'Don't, Brooke!' I'm like, 'I've just had hummus!' so we do have a laugh!"
[SP] "We've known each other for so long, so it was just one of those things. It certainly made it easier that we're best friends. They cleared the room for us for the rehearsal kiss, so we had a couple of run-throughs of the scene. I'm glad we did though, because if we'd just gone for the take, it'd have been - and looked - so strange! Sophie kisses Sian anyway, so it kind of took away some of the nerves!"

Brooks, apparently you enjoyed it more than kissing the lads...
[BV] "Not in a bad way! (Laughs) It's just a lot easier because she's a girl. If I was a rubbish kisser I'd be mortified having to kiss a lad and him saying I was a rubbish kisser! I'm not, I'm a good kisser because Lucian [Laviscount] told me! But it doesn't matter when you're with a friend. I was less nervous because it was Sasha - if they'd got another girl in, I would have been ten times as nervous. We've got that friendship relationship where I can say, 'Move your feet - they stink!' We've got that banter and we're working together on this. It's so much easier for me to have someone there that understands."

How will this story be different from any other gay storyline?
[BV] "I think it's different because we're younger and we're both girls, but I also think it's going to be different in how they write it. You'll see how they develop, how they grow with each other and with life, what happens when they've left school and that interlinks with everything. For example, lesbians kissing each other off to work - they might have me at some point in the future trying to find a job, it's getting over different stages of your life and having someone there and people trying to break you up."

Do you think they could come together as a couple?
[BV] "Yes. I think it's a lot easier because nobody in the family suspects anything because they're best friends so she'll still come around as normal and they'll still have a laugh as normal, but you'll see them trying to kiss and someone coming in and they're both like, 'Argh!'"

Do we have to wait very long for the truth to literally come out?
[BV] "Yes, definitely. They're not getting rid of me yet!"
[SP] "From what I've filmed, they've realised that they want each other but they go about it as friends behind closed doors because they don't want anyone to know. They're not sure how they'll react. It's not going to be a steady story - there are going to be so many obstacles."

> Click here to read more from Brooke and Sacha in Soap Scoop

Additional reporting by Philippa Warr. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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