Catherine Tyldesley is spurned Eva
What is Eva’s reaction when she finds out about Aidan and Maria’s affair?
It’s quite extreme, and she reverts back to being Eva the diva. That’s great because when I first came into Coronation Street, she was very much of that ilk. I don’t think I would do what she’s planning to do, but as an actress, it’s going to be brilliant to play.
What is her agenda – does she want to destroy Aidan?
She wants to take him for everything he’s got. When I get the scripts, I’m just cringing. It’s brilliantly written and it’s very Eva.
If Eva was your friend, what advice would you give her?
I’d tell her not to do it and to walk away. I’d say, ‘Have an amazing life, show him what an amazing person you are and what he’s missing’. The things Eva is planning to do have got
‘backfire’ written all over them! Do you have any sympathy for Aidan or Maria?
I think Aidan does love Eva, but he loves Maria, too, and he’s wanting to have his cake and eat it. So no, absolutely not! And I don’t have any sympathy for Maria – you don’t do that to your friends, do you?
How have viewers reacted to this storyline? Are people constantly shouting, ‘Hey Eva, your boyfriend’s at it with Maria’?
All the time, but it’s really nice because everyone’s on Team Eva. People take it very seriously; they pull me to one side and warn me.
If Aidan’s not the one for Eva, who else could be a match?
It’s difficult to say. She loved Aidan so much, and there are moments where you still see that, even after she finds out about the affair. Would she take him back? Possibly. In terms of anybody else on the Street, I don’t think she’s in that frame of mind.