Michelle: I’m not a cougar!
CORRIE babe Michelle Collins says it drives her mad when people call her a COUGAR.
The actress, whose character Stella Price is dating burly builder Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) on the soap says she’s received flack about the age gap.
Michelle, 51, said: “I hate that word. Well they’ve been together for a while now and everyone does think ‘what on earth is she doing, she’s old enough to be his mum!’
“But Stella is very much like, ‘this is who I’m seeing. If you don’t like it you can lump it’.
“Most people have accepted it. It doesn’t go down too well that Eileen – Jason’s mum – and Stella are the same age.”
Michelle, who shot to fame as Cindy Beale in rival soap EastEnders, says she loves being in the ITV show now.
She added: “I have to pinch myself sometimes. It’s not just another acting job. It’s a national treasure, loved by millions.”
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