Helen Flanagan had a hoot on This Morning!
As Corrie star Helen Flanagan goes on real-life maternity leave, her character Rosie Webster is leaving Weatherfield to work on a TV gameshow in Japan!
What’s the story?
As soon as Rosie Webster saw the name of Antoine – the ex-boyfriend who planted drugs on her when she returned to Weatherfield from LA, on her modelling job call sheet – she should have run a mile. But Rosie being Rosie decides to front it out as modelling jobs have been few and far between. And instead of telling the police, Rosie plans to play Antoine at his own game…
Helen Flanagan’s interview with Soaplife about how Rosie Webster leaves Coronation Street…
Soaplife: What happens at the photo shoot?
Helen Flanagan: “When Rosie turns up at the photoshoot she clocks that Olivia, the other model on the shoot, is hanging round Antoine and they’re going out together. Rosie basically susses out that he has done a very similar thing to Olivia that he did to her. Rosie pals up with Olivia, tells her what Antoine did to her and Olivia’s mortified to realise she has drugs planted in her bag just like Rosie said she would.”
S:What does Rosie decide to do?
HF:”Rosie has a brainwave to substitute the drugs for icing sugar, give these to the drug dealers instead and mess up Antoine’s arrangement. Then she’ll plant the real drugs on Antoine so that when he goes back to LA, he gets caught. What could possibly go wrong?!”
HF:”Ha, ha! Of course, things don’t go according to plan. Antoine catches Rosie and Gemma in the act and they end up in quite a bit of trouble.”
S:After a lot of drama there’s a drugs bust at the factory and Rosie gets invited to go on This Morning. How does she react to her TV appearance?
HF:”It basically makes her life, it’s the most amazing thing that’s ever happened to her. It was such fun to film. Everybody loves Holly and Phil, and whenever I’ve met them they’ve been so kind. I think everyone will enjoy watching the scenes as they’re very funny. It was great going on the show in character as Rosie rather than as Helen.”
S:Do you enjoy playing Rosie?
HF:”I love playing her, and I’ve loved being back at Coronation Street doing the comedy storylines. I think they’ve played out so well alongside the big dramatic storylines with Phelan, David and Aidan.”
S:What did you think of Rosie’s departure storyline?
HF:”It’s so much fun, it’s very typically Rosie. I’ve really enjoyed doing all the comedy since I’ve been back, and the great thing about this storyline is that it leaves it open for me to come back after maternity leave.”
S:What tricks have you used to hide your bump on screen?
HF:”I’ve worn a lot of floaty dresses that fall really well over the bump, and we’ve hidden it with Rosie’s big pink handbags and using different camera angles. “
Don’t miss Rosie’s departure in Coronation Street on Friday 8th June from 7:30pm on ITV
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