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'Coronation Street': Paula Lane on awards, Kylie plot future, more

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Paula Lane as Kylie Platt in Coronation Street

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Paula Lane as Kylie Platt.



Coronation Street star Paula Lane is currently enjoying her biggest year so far on the soap as fans have seen huge repercussions from Kylie Platt's one-night stand with Nick Tilsley.

The drama for the Platts is far from over, but Paula is already reaping the rewards of her hard work with nominations for 'Best Actress' and 'Best Storyline' at the 2013 Inside Soap Awards.

Digital Spy recently caught up with Paula to hear her reaction to the nods and to get the gossip on what's coming up for Kylie.

How do you feel about being in the running for 'Best Actress' and 'Best Storyline'?
"To be up for 'Best Actress' is very, very flattering. If I'm honest, I don't really think I've got much of a chance, but I'm really pleased that people thought I was worthy enough of being in that category.

"As far as the storyline goes, it's just been amazing to be part of. I've had a really busy ten months which has had so much drama involved. I've just filmed all of the birth scenes for Kylie, which are due to go out at the end of August, so the story will just get better and better in the next few weeks."

Do you think Corrie is in with a good chance at the awards in general this year?
"Definitely. I think there's been some amazing drama so far this year, and there'll definitely be more to come before the awards ceremony. We've got Hayley's cancer story, the Platts and their ongoing saga, and a lot more coming up too… I definitely think Corrie is worthy of taking home a few prizes on the night!"

We've seen a few twists and turns in Kylie's story so far, with more to come as we still don't know who the father of her baby is. Has that kept you on your toes?
"Absolutely - I really haven't been able to guess which way this storyline is going to go. Every single week when we get fresh scripts, I've been diving in there as I can't wait to read what's coming up next. That's been the case for about six months now. You can never tell which way the writers are going to go, so it's definitely kept me on my toes."

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David, Kylie and Nick



The main reason for the recent road crash was that David didn't want Kylie to find out that he knew the truth. Why do you think David was so scared of that?
"David still really loves Kylie and he doesn't want to lose his family unit, which they've managed to build up over the past couple of years. I can't condone what Kylie has done by sleeping with Nick, but even so, David's plotting has come from a very dark place. If Kylie had found out about that, I'm not sure she would have been able to forgive David."

How long do you think it will take for Kylie to realise that the crash was indirectly caused by her secret?
"It's actually all coming to light in some episodes that we're filming at the moment, so the audience have got a good six to eight weeks where it all carries on building. We've got all the drama of Nick remaining in a coma, and David very fearful of what might happen if he wakes up and tells the truth. Kylie, Gail and Leanne all stay oblivious to what caused the crash for now, and that puts the pressure on David even more."

The viewers are keen to see all of the secrets come to light! Are the big reveals on the way?
"They are, and it'll be classic Corrie. I'm sure there'll be lots of people involved and it'll create a lot of gossip on the street as always! The story is definitely worthy of a big showdown, and that's what is going to happen. It'll be fab!"

Would you be sad if it was the end for Kylie and David's marriage?
"I would - I've said all along that they're a great partnership. They're like Bonnie and Clyde and they really bounce off each other. I'll be really upset if they do split us up, but the show moves on and characters grow.

"Personally, I can't imagine the two characters being with anyone else. If the baby does turn out to be David's, they'll always have that connection. But we'll have to wait and see - I'm not sure how they work being apart! It'd be all new territory for me if they broke up."

Frustrated by his behaviour, Kylie tackles David, wanting to know what's going on

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Kylie and David



We've noticed Kylie has become a real favourite with our readers in the past 12 months or so…
"That's really nice to hear and I think with Corrie it's a case of earning your stripes. If you stick around and you're putting more and more work into your storylines, the audience can see that. I'm not sure if it's also because they've mellowed Kylie in the Bistro a little bit. She's not as much of a loudmouth as she used to be, as she's grown up quite a lot.

"I think in the future, we're slowly going to see Kylie go back to how she was when she first started in the show. The layers will be stripped back, which is always great because she is still the same person underneath. The audience will be able to see the consequences of her recent actions and what happens when she's not stable. That's another challenge for me, which is great."

Is it true that we're going to see a whole new Nick after his accident?
"Yes, even the visual impact for Nick is instant, once he comes out of the coma. There's massive stuff coming up and I think it's genius what they're going to do with Ben's character. It's almost like giving him a brand new person to play, because he's not really ever going to be the same again. The material that Ben is going to be given is great, and it should be interesting to watch as not many soaps have played a storyline like that before."

You'd said beforehand that you were nervous about filming Kylie's labour scenes. How was it in the end?
"It was brilliant and I really enjoyed it. We had a bit of a laugh and we weren't too serious about it. All of the cast who were there during the birth were very supportive and I'd put quite a bit of research into it beforehand, so I didn't feel too much pressure in the end!"

When Kylie and Gail walk through the door discussing her fated night with Nick and how she desperately hopes the baby is David's, her words hit like a thunderbolt.

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Gail will deliver Kylie's baby later this month



Are you enjoying working with a baby on set?
"Yeah, we have a couple of babies playing the role of Lily and they're lovely! They're still really small so you've got to be really careful with them, because they're so delicate. But they're very well-behaved and one of the babies actually had a close-up shot the other day where she suddenly opened her eyes. I think we've got a natural there!"

Earlier in the year, you had to speak out to deny rumours that you were planning to leave Corrie. What did you think of the speculation?
"I think the speculation comes from the fact that whenever somebody asks you whether you'd like to do other things in the future, the answer is always going to be yes. I'm an actress and I've spent three years at drama school, so of course I've got desires to do other things in the future.

"But at the moment, all of my concentration is on this job and I've got no desire to leave at present. I'm really happy with what the writers have given me, and I want to make Kylie even bigger and better. With that in mind, there's definitely no departure on the cards for me just yet!"

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