I don’t want to feel guilty be­cause I go out to work. I do it for my son

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the time and spent three years after hav­ing my baby. But then I needed to have a reg­u­lar job. “I’ve al­ways been grate­ful that I had the op­por­tu­nity to come back to Coro­na­tion Street.”

And while there can be long days and the usual emo­tions that any work­ing par­ent has about be­ing away from their child, Kate takes a very prag­matic view of feel­ing guilty.

“I’d feel more guilty if I couldn’t pay my mort­gage or my child didn’t get any Christ­mas presents be­cause I wasn’t work­ing.

“I don’t want to feel guilty be­cause I go out to work. I do it for my fam­ily, for my son.”

Kate proudly posted happy snaps a few weeks’ back of her and Otis on a day out at mu­si­cal Ev­ery­body’s Talk­ing About Jamie.

So, might there be any lurk­ing thes­pian tal­ent, a hint of want­ing to fol­low in mum’s act­ing foot­steps?

“Ab­so­lutely not!” says Kate with a hearty chuckle. “Otis is the least both­ered about act­ing or go­ing on the stage of any child I have ever met. He likes his gam­ing and YouTube like a typ­i­cal 10-year-old. At one stage he went to drama lessons be­cause some of his friends were go­ing, but it just wasn’t for him.”

Kate says she’ll sup­port what­ever Otis wants to do, as the last thing a young­ster needs is ex­tra ex­pec­ta­tion.

“I think life’s tough for ev­ery kid nowa­days. And then there will be com­pe­ti­tion for jobs, it’s hard to get on the prop­erty lad­der and

n▼ there just aren’t great op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I wouldn’t dis­cour­age any­thing that’s a pas­sion.”

Liv­ing your life in the so­cial me­dia age is an­other pres­sure and Kate reck­ons she doesn’t have it as tough as it might be.

“It’s worse for girls. My friends who have daugh­ters say they all want Snapchat and In­sta­gram.

“I don’t think boys are as both­ered, I’m re­lieved to say. Otis hasn’t asked for ei­ther.

“I think it was bet­ter with­out it, peo­ple had bet­ter child­hoods.

“Now all the girls want to look a cer­tain way. It’s all very pres­sured in a way we didn’t have when we were grow­ing up.

“When I was young we all wanted to look like Wi­nona Ry­der – she had no make-up on and she used to dress in wellies. I think we were all a bit more indie.

“Now it’s a pol­ished make-up look with not one hair out of place. That per­cep­tion of at­trac­tive­ness is not what we found de­sir­able at school.”

With strong sto­ry­lines like the wed­ding and much more com­ing up to get her teeth into, it’s not sur­pris­ing that life in Weather­field is suit­ing Kate very nicely and she’s in no rush to move on.

“Maybe in the fu­ture there will be op­por­tu­ni­ties but I don’t feel pan­icked at time pass­ing,” she adds.

“I’m not mas­sively am­bi­tious and I’m not chas­ing things. But it’s not like I’m feel­ing, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to be in a pe­riod drama.’”

Coro­na­tion Street, Mon, Wed, Fri, 7.30pm and 8.30pm

Kate Ford as Tracy with Bev Cal­lard as her mum-in­law Liz, and be­low at the al­tar with Steve (Si­mon Greg­son).

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