I don’t want to feel guilty because I go out to work. I do it for my son
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.’”
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Kate Ford as Tracy with Bev Callard as her mum-inlaw Liz, and below at the altar with Steve (Simon Gregson).