Is there a part of her that still loves David?
Yes, that’s what she’s been battling with and partly why she’s been hitting the self-destruct button. If she didn’t have feelings for him, she’d have been able to cut her losses and move on. But she’s been grieving over her marriage – in that moment, David is quite rough with her and sort of shakes her back to her senses.
So what does Kylie say to David?
She spills her heart out and tells him that she should have been sterilised at 16. These aren’t crocodile tears – it’s really heartfelt. She’s very distressed and tells him that she doesn’t have the confidence to make the relationship work and that she’s worried that it’s going to be a disaster. She’s been completely rocked by everything but he’s brilliant with her and brings her back round. It makes her realise what she’s been missing.
How have you found playing Kylie at such a low ebb?
It’s been very difficult. The nation is divided about how they feel concerning David, which is brilliant because it’s created debate and controversy, so that’s kept me on my toes when filming. But it’s quite draining when you’re filming with no make-up on all the time. I had a good five weeks when I just felt like I needed a good shower! You know that it’s not real but your body doesn’t and it makes you feel tired when you look so dreadful. But, at the same time, it’s affirmed just how much I love this job. Even when I feel I’m too tired and have nothing more to give, I’m still able to do it.
What advice would you give Kylie if you were her friend?
She’d drive me up the wall if she were my friend! I’d have to tell her to buck her ideas up if she didn’t want to lose everything. She has to stop being selfish – it’s about creating your own path, so stop reflecting on the past.
Where can Kylie go from here?
She can bounce back now – she’s the kind of character that can pick herself up and start again. She’s quite robust because of her upbringing and she’s got fight left in her. She’s also going back to the salon, so we’ll see some of her colour and lighter side come back too.
Do you want to see Kylie and David give it another go?
Absolutely – I don’t want to see her with anyone else on the street. I like the ups and downs of them as a couple.
And have you missed working with Jack P Shepherd while Kylie and David have been apart?
Well, we haven’t really been apart because we’ve still been working together, just not as a couple. And we’ve also spent lots of time together off-screen. When we’re playing those scenes where David and Kylie are being hostile with each other, it makes us realise how good the characters are together and what great mates we are, which is really important. It’s a really good working relationship.