Tina McIntyre will be seen struggling with being ‘the other woman’ next week after Peter (Chris Gascoyne) treats Carla (Alison King) to a night at a swanky hotel, while all the Rovers barmaid gets is a quick fumble in the local travel inn. Not exactly the life of passion and romance Tina was imagining.
Here, actress Michelle Keegan reveals how Tina foresees her future with Peter and how a possible pregnancy would change those plans forever…
Tina came back to Weatherfield to pack up her belongings before moving permanently to London – why didn’t she just get the hell out of town?
Ideally, Tina should have done just that but Weatherfield is her home and where her friends are. She also feels guilty for leaving Rita, plus the man she loves is there. Yes, she tried to get away from him, but when he asked her to stay she couldn’t help herself. She honestly believes Peter loves her because he asked her to stay.
Do you think Peter was on her mind while she was away?
I’m sure Peter was all Tina was thinking about. She’s in love with this man. She’s doing things she never thought she would do and she’s betrayed her friends because of her feelings. Of course, she’s thinking about him constantly.
Why did she let Peter persuade her to stay?
Because deep down that’s exactly what she wanted him to do. She wanted him to want her to stay. She’s confused but also relieved that he does want her and it didn’t take much before she decided she was no longer going to go to London.
Does she hate being ‘the other woman’?
Yes, she does hate it. She doesn’t want to betray Carla. but her feelings for Peter and the urge to have him overrides everything else. ‘The other woman’ is something she never thought she’d be and she does struggle with that.
Is Tina hoping she can persuade Peter to leave Carla for her?
She does think that Peter loves her and that, at some point, she will persuade him to leave Carla for her. But, in reality, Peter lusts Tina and loves Carla and would never leave Carla for her. She’s setting herself up for heartbreak.