How does it feel to be in the running for 'Best Newcomer'?
"For me, it's just been the icing on the cake. I've only been on screen in Coronation Street since August and I've had a bit of time off since then, so to be recognised for an award after that short amount of time is huge for me. It's just amazing."
What would it mean to you to win the award?
"I think I would just be absolutely flabbergasted if I won it! The competition in the category is brilliant, so I think I would be speechless, I really do. Again, it would just be the icing on the cake, because I'm so happy to be in the cast of Coronation Street in the first place. So if I won the award, I genuinely think I wouldn't be able to get my words out! (Laughs)"
If you had to give a plea for why people should vote for you, what would you say?
"I'd just say people should vote if they've enjoyed watching Kylie and if they've been shocked, which I'm sure they have been since she's sold her son for 20 grand! It's been quite surprising to see how far she will go, and I'm just really hoping that the viewers are excited for what she has to offer in the future as well - because there's some fantastic stuff coming up. So I'd just say that people are going to be really entertained over the next year and it'd be nice if winning the award could feed into that!"
"I'd say all the fight scenes between Kylie and Becky, as they were quite tough to film and they had to be toned down for the broadcast, which just shows how far me and Kate went when we were filming them. Those scenes were quite challenging so it'd be nice if people could recognise that. I'd also say the storyline with Max. Kylie was torn initially over what to do about Max, because she did want him at first and it's been an emotional rollercoaster that she's been through. So I think it's been nice to show that - a teenager going through these mad moments."
As an actress, how important do you think it is to win awards?
"I think they are important. Obviously we very much enjoy the work for what it is, but it's nice to be recognised and to know what the public are feeling about the work as well. That gets revealed by who wins and who's nominated, so I think they are important for us."
Are you looking forward to meeting your fellow nominees Ricky Norwood, Olga Fedori and Marc Silcock at NTAs?
"Yeah, I haven't met any of them before. I did see Ricky when he won at the Inside Soap Awards, but I've not seen Olga or Marc before. It'll be really nice to meet the other people who are in the category. I'm looking forward to seeing some new faces at the event, because I've only been to two other award ceremonies. It's lovely to meet people from the other soaps and from TV in general. The NTAs are just massive - it's the biggest event, so it'll be lovely to see all those people."
Corrie is up for the 'Best Serial Drama' prize - do you think it's in with a good chance on the night?
"Oh, I hope so! Especially with it being the 50th year and us doing the live episode. It was just seamless, that live episode - everyone put 110% into it: the cast, the crew, the writers, the producers. It was just a combined team effort. I think Corrie thoroughly deserves to win this year. So for me, though the 'Newcomer' award is important, the 'Best Serial Drama' prize is the one that we're really hoping to bag this year. I hope we do it!"
"Yeah, it's just brilliant really. We have such a laugh, me and Kate - we're really similar and we've both got sisters of the same age. It's nice to feel like my 'big sister' will be there with me on the night and supporting me, and I'll be supporting her and equally supporting all the soaps. I hope Kate wins - she deserves to. She's been so busy throughout the past year and I've never known somebody to work so hard, so hopefully she'll do it."
Kylie has made a big impact during her short time on screen - is that something you're quite proud of?
"Yeah, I'm really proud. I'm stunned, really, by how much the profile has been raised in the past three months as it's such a short amount of time. I've thoroughly enjoyed it and, like I said, the material I've got over the next year is brilliant. The scripts are just absolutely fantastic. Corrie is amazing at combining comedy with pure drama, and that's what I'm loving about this character. There's going to be so much incorporated into it, and her return is just fantastic!"
You said in another interview recently that you came into Corrie purely for the art and not for fame, but would you say the show has changed your life?
"The main change is that people stare at you when you're out, and sometimes it feels like you've just landed from outer space! (Laughs) But I think it's important for me that I'm not going to change my everyday life. There's a few little changes, but on the whole I think that if you don't make too much of a big thing of it, other people won't either. But it's flattering to be in this job - people are always happy to meet you, even though I'm just a normal girl! So for me it's all about keeping my feet on the ground and not forgetting my roots. I'm a Yorkshire lass and I'll always be proud of that - I come from a working class family but I went to London for drama school and fought for everything that I've got, really. I think it's important to keep a certain amount of normality to your life."
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