All of which leads to humiliation at Nick’s stag do. What does David get up to?
Most of the blokes from the Street are at the stag do. Kylie’s waiting on when Rob says, “where’s the stripper then, best man?” and David points to her. Kylie’s absolutely devastated. She can’t believe he’s brought it up in her place of work, a place she loves, in front of all the customers and people she knows. It’s so humiliating for her.
Does Kylie want to fight for her marriage?
I think at this point she just wants to get through Christmas for Max’s sake. She does feel bad that Max is witnessing all this rowing over Christmas, but she’s still determined to stick up for herself, which means there will be a rift.
However, after a talk with Gail about how much the rowing is affecting Max, and with Nick telling her that David didn’t mean what he said on the stag do, she decides to go and find David to make amends. But when she goes looking for him, she sees him having a cuddle with Tina and reads the wrong things into it. David turned to Tina too many times now – Kylie’s not the most secure person in the world and she just goes nuts.
Can we expect a Tina and Kylie catfight then?
She knows Tina’s pregnant now, so I don’t think she’ll go too far with that for now. But at the time she finds out that David had slept at Tina’s house, she is ready for ripping her head off with a crowbar!
How does David try to explain himself?
There’s a big row in the Platts where he tries to say that Tina’s just a mate, but Kylie’s not having any of it. She just sees red, he’s been treating her like rubbish and to see him in the arms of Tina is just the last straw. So she tells him they’re finished.
And then we have the fact that – shock horror – Kylie gets into bed with another man. Why does this happen?
She falls into bed with another man because the one person who for the past two years has been her rock, who she’s given herself to and built up a great marriage with, has completely let her down. She feels that she’s bettered herself, maybe there’s a bit of new confidence there, and she wonders if it’s David who’s been dragging her down. I think it’s also about wanting to be needed and desired with someone who finds her amusing and interesting.
She isn’t thinking straight at that point. It comes out of the blue and it’s spontaneous and animalistic. It’s all about the passion – they both want this at that time and they’re not thinking about the consequences.
So how does she feel when she wakes up on Boxing Day with this other man?
It’s pure regret, that feeling of “oh no, what have we done?”. But the person in question is very good at talking her round saying “let’s forget it ever happened”. But Kylie fels so guilty. It’s going to be hard for her to move on from this. As soon as she sees David after the one-night stand, she knows that he’s the person she wants to be with and that she’s made a massive mistake. It was just a bit of comfort when she needed it, there was nothing more to it than that.
Who would you blame for this mess – Kylie or David?
I blame both of them. I do feel that it’s been a massive breakdown in communication - she didn’t tell him from the off exactly why she didn’t want another baby, so he kept pressurising her. I think they’ve both been quite selfish. I’d tell Kylie to weigh things up, have a really good think about what she wants out of life and be sure that David is the one for her.
Is it nice to have Kylie and David at war?
I love playing the ups and downs of their relationship, although I do think that sometimes it’s nice for the audience to see one couple who fight against the odds and who do make it work. I really hope they can sustain what they’ve built up – maybe it can be remedied if Kylie can deal with the guilt. I don’t think Kylie and her other man are compatible at all, whereas Kylie and David have always seemed right for each other.