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Corrie's Kylie on David, Gail and more!

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Paula Lane aka 'Kylie Turner'

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For our latest National Television Awards feature, I recently had a chat with Coronation Street star Paula Lane (Kylie Turner) about her nomination in the 'Best Newcomer' category.

Click here to read the main portion of the interview. Alternatively, read on for loads more chat from the actress - including all the gossip on Kylie's upcoming relationship with David and how the tearaway is heading for trouble with Gail…

Is there a chance we could see a different side to Kylie as time goes on - as we have with Becky since her introduction?
"Well, it's important for me to have Kylie as different to Becky in some ways, as otherwise the audience will feel that they've already seen it all before. So it's all about what you can bring to the table that's new, and I'm constantly sitting down and thinking about that. It's not that I'm totally opposed to Kylie being like Becky, because there are some slight similarities - but people are different and they make different choices. So the viewers are going to see Kylie driving the relationship with David and things like that. If you think about the Becky and Steve relationship, it's funny when you put them together as a duo and to see that different side of them where they're all loved-up, so you might see some similarities in that respect with Kylie and David."

Kylie introduces her son Max
Is it important for you to show that, despite everything, Kylie does love Max?
"Yeah, I'm always saying that Kylie just does not fully understand the consequences of the choices that she's making. She's one of those people who just lives for the moment and doesn't think about what's going to happen in the future. She's just out for herself at the moment and she just doesn't understand the responsibility of motherhood. And I imagine that, as this storyline goes on, it's going to come back and bite her really hard. For instance, at some point in the future, Kylie could want Max back and he might say, 'Well where were you for me?' So I do think that it's going to come back to haunt her and it will play on her conscience. But, at the minute, I think she feels like he's safe with Becky and Steve and that it's all worked out well as they wanted a child, and she gets the life back that she's missed for the past four years. So in her immature mind, she feels like she's done something right!"

Do members of the public ever confuse you with your character?
"I've been very lucky, actually! I think people just respect the fact that I'm acting and I'm playing a role. I've never really had the situation yet of someone thinking it's totally real. I've definitely not had any bad experiences. So hopefully everything will stay as it is, really!"

Coronation Street 50th Anniversary logo
Was it quite nerve-racking to be involved in Corrie's live episode last month?
"Yeah, it was - but I've trained at drama school so I said from the beginning that the live episode was going to be like theatre as you obviously do theatre live every night in front of an audience. However, actually getting to it and realising that there were 15 million people watching felt a little bit different, I have to say! (Laughs) So it was a really, really unique experience and I hope that I get the chance to do it again at some point in my career. I remember that, when we were doing it, I almost felt a bit shaky because of all the adrenaline, so it was a case of trying to conceal that in your lips and your eyes and making it look relaxed! Luckily, people said afterwards that they wouldn't have known we were nervous at all. It was thanks to the crew as well - we'd had so much practice and we couldn't have been in safer hands. I'm so chuffed that the live episode was a hit, as going live can always be a bit of a risk!"

How does it feel to be joining the Platt family now that Kylie is going to marry David?
"It's great - it showed to me that our producer Phil must be quite pleased, as he's keeping me. I think it was the only way they could have brought me back, because I don't think they could have kept on with the whole Becky and Steve scenario - the viewers need something new. So it'll be really nice to explore this. And let me tell you, the scenes with Gail are going to be so funny. I've been reading the scripts and it's just pure class with the comedy - Kylie and Gail just clash! Then you've also got the mix of Audrey in there as well, so it's going to be brilliant and I can't wait."

Are you enjoying working with Jack P. Shepherd?
"Oh, Jack's brilliant to work with. We've just done our first scene very recently and we're just totally at ease with each other and we have a laugh. I think it'll be a good partnership, and obviously when you're marrying someone in a soap, you're in it for the long haul so it's nice to have that amicable friendship."

Jack said in an interview last year that he was keen to work with you more, so it's funny how things have turned out!
"I know! I've been talking to him about that - I didn't know anything about the wedding so when I found out, I thought that he must have found something out sooner than I had. But he said he hadn't, so it's a bit of a weird coincidence! It'll definitely be double trouble at first - Kylie and David will be going out for everything they can get. But it'll also be very funny - I've been itching to do some scenes with the family."

Becky is heartbroken when Kylie leaves with Max
Had you auditioned for many other roles before being cast as Kylie?
"I was quite lucky with Corrie - I was put straight through to the screen test because they'd already met me previously for a different part. I'd been doing some other things on screen so maybe they saw something in that and decided to invite me back in. And I've also been up for Emmerdale before. It's usually a long process - you can have two initial auditions, recall, a workshop and then the screen test. So you can have four or five different rounds before you get to the final stages. And when being turned down is due to something as trivial as your hair being too brown or slightly too long, or if your accent's slightly wrong, it is hard for your family to understand that. So I have had quite a few knock-backs, as any actor will experience."

How did it feel to get the Corrie job?
"When you get something like Coronation Street, it is the ultimate high and I cannot tell you how elated I was when I got the job! It was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders after everything that I'd worked towards at drama school. But I did work for the two years after drama school and I had really good jobs. I filmed Going Postal in Budapest and I worked for the Army doing corporates that troops will watch before they go out to Afghanistan. So my roles have really been full of variety, but getting Coronation Street enabled me to have a bit of security and to come back up North. There was nothing like the feeling of getting this job."

Finally, are there any other highlights from your time at Corrie that you'd like to mention?
"Oh, it's just been everything - we're all spoiled rotten, especially at photoshoots when we all get pampered! And I suppose it's just been meeting everyone - people like Bill Roache, who's been in it since the beginning. I came in a little bit starstruck and pinching myself - I couldn't believe that I was walking the cobbles of Weatherfield! Even now I can't quite believe that I'm filming on the Street. I've enjoyed it all and I'm really looking forward to the year ahead!"

Cast your votes for the National Television Awards by clicking here. Paula is nominated in the 'Best Newcomer' category alongside EastEnders' Ricky Norwood, Emmerdale's Marc Silcock and Holby City's Olga Fedori.

> Click here to read Ricky Norwood's NTA chat
> Click here to read Marc Silcock's NTA chat
> Click here to read Danny Miller's NTA chat

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