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Paula Lane - 'Coronation Street' Kylie Platt

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Coronation Street tearaway Kylie Platt has more turbulent times ahead in this week's episodes as she continues with her attempts to win back custody of Max. Having alienated Audrey and Gail with her blackmail attempt, Kylie faces a struggle to get the pair back on side in time for a visit from social services, who need to determine whether she and David can provide a stable upbringing for her son.

Following her interview with the authorities, Kylie is finally allowed to see Max on his birthday - but it seems that her journey may be only just beginning as she soon realises that winning back his trust is going to be harder than she thought…

Digital Spy recently caught up with Paula Lane, who plays Kylie, to hear her thoughts on the latest storyline twists and more.

Now that her attempts to blackmail Audrey have backfired, does Kylie regret what went on?
"I think she does regret it, because ultimately I don't think Kylie ever really had the intention of broadcasting Marc's secret to everyone - she was just pushing it as far as she could. Also, Kylie does have respect for Audrey as she knows from David that Audrey shares some similarities with her because of her background. So Kylie does regret what happened because she likes Audrey. She certainly respects her more than she does Gail."

Is David shocked when he returns home and finds out what Kylie's been up to?
"He's not shocked at all, he thinks it's hilarious, which was quite funny to film! I think David probably would have done exactly the same thing as Kylie. When he finds out about it, he wants to see the footage of Marcia himself but she's deleted it!"

Kylie introduces her son Max
The storyline with Max really picks up the pace this week. Does Kylie genuinely want him back now, or is she just going along with what David wants?
"I think Kylie does genuinely want him back now. David has really boosted her confidence as far as motherhood's concerned, and she just feels like she's able to do it now. She's got the family network there and she's got the support - not only from David but from Gail too. I think Kylie will try to be on her best behaviour and do things right for once."

Does Kylie and David's meeting with the social worker go well?
"It does! They get a bit carried away with themselves and a little bit too eager at times, but that's just because of how young they are - they're getting ahead of themselves a little bit. I think they're just excited and they really want to show that they're going to do this as a team, as a mum and a dad. Kylie is trusting David and allowing him to share that responsibility, and Gail is going to grin and bear it for David's sake!"

Kylie is upset by how settled in Max is at his foster home
How do things go when Kylie visits Max on his birthday?
"It starts off not too bad - she goes in very happy and very determined that she's going to win him round. But then she realises that children are more complicated than she thought. Kylie just didn't realise how sensitive children can be, and even though Max was only 4 or 5 when this situation all started to kick off, it's really affected him quite badly. Max has spent so much time being passed from pillar to post, and I think it really shocks Kylie when she talks to the social worker and she's told that this will really take time. She realises that the past can't just be erased and everything isn't going to be perfect straight away."

Kylie also decides that she really wants to provide a stable income for Max and starts her own nail business, so would you say this week's episodes are a turning point for her?
"Definitely, and it's David who instigates it after being away on his business course. As Kylie has been sacked from the salon, David has this light-bulb idea that she could set up a business on her own. Kylie takes some time to think about it and decides it would be brilliant. She's always had a business head on her anyway, and she's always been in control. So Kylie goes ahead full-throttle! She has to plead with Audrey to give her some materials to get started, but then she goes off and Carla is her first customer - Kylie does her nails. She's really chuffed that she's managed to start a business on her own."

Audrey drags Kylie out of the Kabin
Whatever happens moving forward, is it important for you to keep Kylie's sharp edge?
"Yes - I don't think that can ever really leave her, even if it's just a trip of the tongue. Kylie often doesn't think before she speaks! I think she'll gradually get some more social awareness about her, because she's in the family situation now and she's got to keep the peace with people on the street. But I think it's important that she keeps an edge to her and people will always have to be a little bit wary of her, I think!"

If Kylie does get Max back full-time, will she cut down on her boozing and nights out?
"I'd like to say that she'd cut down on it, but I think she'd take advantage of full babysitting facilities at the Platts' and have the odd night out! A leopard never changes its spots, but at the same time, I'd be very disappointed in Kylie if she didn't give things a go at the start. I think her priority is Max at the minute and she will try. We did see the scene at the Bistro where Kylie promised David that she'd cut down on the nights out, but will she be true to her word? We'll just have to wait and see!"

Kylie worries when David suggests getting a solicitor to help get Max back
Have you ever found it difficult to play the coldness that Kylie has had towards Max at times?
"It's been incredibly difficult. I've spoken in the past about how I love children and I could never imagine anyone doing that to a child, but since then, funnily enough I've watched programmes and documentaries about people who have been in care and things like that. It's just the pitfalls of life and some people have a really hard time of it. I think if you've not received love yourself, it's sometimes hard to express it to someone else, and that's where Kylie has really struggled - with motherhood and with responsibility. She messed up big style, and she's really lucky that she's managed to find someone who loves her and who's prepared to carry her through it."

You've been at Coronation Street for over a year now. How would you sum up your experience so far?
"As a real rollercoaster of emotions! The great thing is that you never know what the writers are going to come up with, so it's surprising for you as the actor because you don't see it coming. I'm really proud to be on Corrie for starters, and to keep getting great storylines is just amazing. As an actress, I feel like I've been pushed in the right direction and I think the character is going to do well on the street. I'm just very flattered that they like me and I can stay for a bit longer!"

> For Paula's thoughts on Gail, Becky and more, read the second part of this interview in Soap Scoop. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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