Michelle’s new nightmare! Corrie
Trouble brews when Michelle pretends she and Robert have split up, says Kym Marsh...
Why would Michelle Connor make out that she and hunky chef Robert Preston are no longer an item? To try and find out who’s waging a vendetta against them – that’s why. ‘It’s Robert’s idea. He’s absolutely certain it’s not Rich who’s got it in for them and he’s worried about Michelle’s safety,’ actress Kym Marsh tells Soaplife. ‘Robert suggests that, as the perpetrator is obviously out to get him, Michelle will be safe if she makes out they’ve split up.’ Sadly, he couldn’t be more wrong…
Does Michelle have any idea that her old flame, Will Chatterton, is behind all this?
None. He’s not even on her radar and she hasn’t seen any weirdness in him up till now. He’s with Maria Connor and everything, as far as Michelle is aware, seems to be going well between them. So it doesn’t really register with her at all. She treats him as an old friend and she’s grateful he seems kind and supportive, and that he’s there for her.
How will she react if – and when – she finds out what Will is really like?
Eventually something will happen, which is going to terrify her to her very core!
How will she feel to discover he’s so twisted, dark and scheming?
Obviously, she’ll be devastated because he’s one of her oldest friends, and to think that somebody who’s a friend of hers could do something like that?! Well, she’s really creeped out and horrified. It’s very soon after the fake split with Robert that Michelle realises something sinister is going on with Will. It’s terrifying for her as she feels so vulnerable and alone at the moment.
Do things turn ugly with Will?
Basically, he discovers she’s not been 100 per cent honest about things with him. But then Michelle makes a discovery of her own, which implicates Will massively and she suddenly has this ‘Aaargh!’ moment.
Will she be in danger?
Potentially, yes. It’s very dramatic and she’s desperate for help. Put it this way, I was shattered after we filmed those scenes.
Michelle doesn’t half have bad taste in men!
I don’t think it’s that so much – she’s just a romantic. The romance with Will happened when they were teenagers. She hasn’t had a relationship with him since then, but he’s obviously got some very strange emotions, deep down. Steve was just an idiot, but he was her idiot and she loved him for that.
How about Robert?
She knows now Robert’s not squeaky clean, but his heart’s always been in the right place. Everything Robert’s done has been to try and improve Michelle’s life, and to protect her. He’s not very good at protecting her, though, when you examine his track record! He looks like Superman, but he’s not. He’s Clark Kent.
By Alison James