Corrie’s Millie Gibson turns to ‘work mum and dad’ Georgia Taylor and Charlie De Melo in a ‘crisis’October 7, 2021
We know and love (or sometimes love to hate) their characters on screen, but now it’s time to discover all the behind-the-scenes secrets from our favourite soap stars.
In our exclusive interview series, Soap Stars Coming Clean, OK! is finding out all the juicy gossip about what happens when the cameras stop rolling, as well as the actors’ favourite memories with their co-stars so far.
We recently caught up with Coronation Street actress, Millie Gibson, who plays Kelly, to chat about being front and centre of the show's recent dramatic scenes, her close bond with the younger members of the cast, and why she still has to pinch herself that she’s working with soap royalty like David Neilson [who plays Roy Cropper] and William Roache [who plays Ken Barlow].
What’s your favourite memory on the Corrie cobbles so far?
Even though they were hard-hitting scenes to film, I really loved doing the flashback scenes [to the night of Seb’s murder]. It was actually the first time when we could touch and not be two meters apart, so it was an amazing experience as it felt like you could properly act it.
The response to those scenes must have been overwhelming…
Everyone’s just been so nice about it. I thought we were going to get more backlash because there’s some viewers who can’t really separate fiction from reality, but it was really great to have people saying, “Oh my gosh, this is amazing!” We achieved what we wanted to when the episode came out.
Who are you closest to from the cast?
Tanisha [Gorey, who plays Asha Alahan] is my closest friend on set and off. But because we’ve spent four solid months together every single day, a lot of the younger cast have grown quite close. That goes for everyone from Max [Evans, who plays Corey Brent] to Molly [Gallagher, who plays Nina Lucas].
The younger cast have been really front and centre with the Seb storyline.Did you all feel a big weight of responsibility to get those scenes right?
It was a big responsibility as we were aware that Corrie had never done that with the younger cast before and we were taking on a big storyline. All of us really wanted to do it justice, especially as it was a true story. It was really important to get it right, but it was amazing and I couldn’t have asked to have done it with better people.
Have you had any advice from any of the older cast members?
Mainly Georgia [Taylor, who plays Toyah Battersby] and Charlie [De Melo, who plays Imran Habeeb]. They’re amazing with me. They are kind of like my mum and dad so every time I’ve got a little bit of a crisis, I put in our WhatsApp chat, “Guys, what shall I do?” They’re always really supportive.
What was it like when you first met some of the soap legends in the cast?
I was starstruck when I saw David Neilson [who plays Roy Cropper] enter the green room. I literally stopped and thought to myself, “No, Millie, play it cool!” Another time William Roache [who plays Ken Barlow] held the door open for me and I was thinking, “As if that’s just happened – I should be holding the door for him.” It’s really surreal as these are the people that have been on the show since it first started. They are Corrie royalty. But they’re so nice in real-life – the most down-to-earth, lovely people.
Who’s your funniest co-star?
Max makes me laugh a lot. He’s nothing like Corey, he has got a sense of humour. And a lot of people in the green room crack me up who I don’t have scenes with. We all just have a laugh. It’s such a great atmosphere.
What’s the best night out you’ve had as a cast?
We ended up celebrating our storyline with a meal and said to each other, “this has been great.” It’s been lovely seeing people outside of work and being able to meet-up safely. It’s weird seeing people outside of the Corrie setting.
What do you always have in your dressing room?
I’m obsessed with Vaseline. The make-up women hate me for it as well as they say, “Millie, Kelly’s having a tough time, she wouldn’t wear Vaseline!” and I’m standing there with glossy lips (Laughs). So I always have to take it off before the cameras start rolling.
Who’s the messiest member of the cast?
We’re not allowed in each other’s dressing rooms because of Covid, but if I had to take a guess I don’t know how tidy Tanisha is. I think she might be one of the messy ones!
Which celebrity would you love to see doing a guest role in Weatherfield?
I really love Ricky Gervais. I think he’d be hilarious on the show. I can see him having a sandwich in Roy’s!
If Kelly could have a romance with anyone on the Street, who would you like it to be?
I don’t think she’d be a good fit for anybody. I think she’s that scarred from the amount of bad experiences she’s had – especially with her dad and again with Corey. But I feel like if someone comes into the show and is a perfect match for her, she’d definitely be happy. She just doesn’t trust men at the moment.
If you could play another character on Corrie, who would it be and why?
To be Gail Platt [played by Helen Worth] for the day would just be amazing. The world’s your oyster if you’re Gail Platt. Everything about her I just love.
What’s the strangest or funniest fan encounter you’ve ever had?
Sometimes I think, “Are they staring at me because I’ve flashed, or because they’ve seen me on telly?!” I don’t consider myself famous at all so I sometimes forget. But everyone’s been so lovely.
If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?
It’s always been acting for me. In all my baby videos, I’m trying to be a CBBC presenter, so I’ve always been a little bit of a drama queen and this career path was a perfect fit. I went to a youth theatre at around six years old to get my confidence up and then started getting into musicals and doing different productions. When I was around 11, I got spotted by an agent doing a production at Oldham Theatre Workshop. Then it all came from there.
Could you ever have imagined you’d end up on Corrie?
It was such a dream. It’s the most surreal experience I’ve ever encountered, but it’s an amazing honour to be a small piece of this amazing, big family on the cobbles.
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