Exclusive: Coronation Street star Paddy Bever on Max's guilt and shock accident

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Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street is lining up a dramatic week for Max Turner, as another of his past mistakes comes back to haunt him.

In a new storyline beginning on Monday (April 25), Max's schoolteacher Daniel Osbourne threatens to make him pay for maliciously exposing Nicky Wheatley's past as a sex worker.

Frustrated that Max seemingly hasn't learned any lessons from recent events, Daniel threatens to tell Amy Barlow the truth about who was responsible for her drink-spiking ordeal.

As tensions grow even further later in the week, Max considers running away from the cobbles, but a life-threatening accident stops him in his tracks.

Digital Spy recently caught up with Paddy Bever, who plays Max, for an exclusive chat about this week's episodes.

Photo credit: Joseph Scanlon - ITV
Photo credit: Joseph Scanlon - ITV

Why did Max decide to expose the images from Nicky's past?

"Max had heard things about Nicky's past and he was intrigued. When he found the images online, he thought they could be a path to acceptance for him. We haven't seen much of Max's relationship with his peers at school, but I do think it's quite clear that Max is pretty isolated.

"Max saw this as a really good way for him to be able to fit in. He's never felt like he's been able to fit in anywhere. He thought this could be an opportunity for him to be respected, and to be seen by his peers as an equal."

With past incidents, we've always seen Max regret his bad behaviour. Is that the case here too?

"Max does regret it, especially after hearing how Nicky is really struggling following the revelation of these images. I think Max feels really bad about that.

"Max is constantly acting upon his emotions, but then suddenly he turns around and sees the weight of his actions.

"I think that often makes Max think: 'Oh, no. I've done something that's hurt another person'. Despite how angry or upset he gets, I don't think his intention is ever purely to hurt another person, so I think he does feel bad."

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Photo credit: ITV

In retaliation, Daniel threatens to expose the truth about Max being responsible for Amy's drink being spiked a few weeks ago. How does Max feel about that?

"Max feels absolutely terrified, because he's held this in for so long. I don't think it's just about saving his own back. I think he feels genuinely really guilty. Max has also seen how much this has hurt Amy – someone who was his friend.

"After Max seeing the weight and the impact of what he's done to another person who most certainly didn't deserve it, I think he feels terrible. This whole situation with the spiking and withholding of this information has really taken a toll on Max and has caused him a lot of stress.

"When Daniel threatens to reveal the truth, Max is scared because he knows it's going to come out. I think he's known that all along. This is a big secret and it won't stay quiet."

Max initially boasts to David and Shona that Daniel has too much to lose and won't follow through with his threats. Is that just bravado?

"Absolutely. I think Max tries to convince himself that nothing will happen. I think we've seen him do that a lot in other storylines, where he'll tell himself things to try to stop himself from worrying, or tell David things to try to stop his parent figures from worrying.

"But really, Max knows that this secret is too big to not come out. He knows Daniel's character and personality, and that Daniel will end up spilling the beans if Max doesn't first."

Things get more complicated when Amy suspects one of the other lads at school of spiking her drink. How does Max feel when he witnesses the row between them?

"I think that's the biggest eye-opener for Max. It comes after Daniel has threatened to tell Amy the truth if Max doesn't do it himself.

"Max sees one of his peers at school, who is not guilty, getting the blame and he can also see that Amy is in such a state. He sees how much this has emotionally affected her."

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Photo credit: ITV

Later in the week, Max decides to run away from Weatherfield. Why does he make that choice?

"It's a bleak time for Max and he has a final conversation with David, where David tells him: 'Your mum would be ashamed of you'. I think that is so hurtful for Max.

"It's also a reminder that his mum is not there, and that his dad is not there, and no-one biologically related to him is around in Weatherfield.

"Max has been desperate for a fresh start – desperate to do things over again, because he's made lots of mistakes that he's really not proud of."

Max has an accident while trying to run away, lacerating his leg on some broken glass, and his life hangs in the balance. What was it like to film those scenes?

"It was really interesting. I've never filmed anything like that before. We had a stunt coordinator in, Kate Waters, who was just fantastic and so helpful. I was a little bit nervous, because I wanted to get it right. But Kate was so helpful and supportive.

"We had a fantastic director, Becky Wild, who was also really helpful and allowed me to really get into it as much as I could. I was nervous, as it was my biggest stunt. We did have a stunt double in, but I did a lot of the coming out covered in blood myself.

"I thought it was really exciting to do something different. That's what I love about this job – every day is different."

How do you feel about Corrie exploring these stories about spiking, consent and respecting women?

"These issues are so incredibly prevalent, and I think we're seeing more and more people coming forward with their stories about being spiked, consent and sexual assault. There are so many survivors coming forward with their stories.

"I'm hopeful that with what we've got coming up, and what we've seen already, that more people will come forward and be encouraged to find someone that they can trust and talk to about these issues.

"They happen so much more than many of us like to think, so I think it's great that Coronation Street are really pushing to do stories that people actually face.

"The show also offers support and advice, which is fantastic. There are always resources on the ITV website and social media. I think that's really great, that we're able to discuss those things."

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Photo credit: ITV

You've been filming on Corrie for a while now. Do you feel like you're fully settled in and no longer the new guy?

"Yeah, definitely. Already, I've seen a few people come and go. That's the life of a soap, I guess.

"It's been coming up to nine months since I started and I've just had the most amazing people to work with, so I just fit in straight away. I feel so supported and part of the group. I most certainly don't feel like the new person anymore, which is great.

"I've got amazing TV parents in Jack [P Shepherd, who plays David] and Julia [Goulding, who plays Shona], who are just the best. I'm really fortunate to be able to work with them. Everyone's been great. The cast and crew are lovely."

Have you always wanted to be an actor?

"Ever since I can remember, yeah. Ever since I could walk and talk. I would do little shows for my family. I used to look at these big actors and think: 'Wow, I'd love to be able to do that one day'.

"I've been incredibly blessed that I've been able to do this as a full time job. If you'd have told me a year ago that I was doing this, I wouldn't believe you.

"It was too much of a big goal. I would have never thought I could achieve it. And now I'm here, so it's lovely."

Photo credit: Joseph Scanlon - ITV
Photo credit: Joseph Scanlon - ITV

Do you ever get any fan backlash for Max's bad behaviour, or do people understand that you're playing a role?

"So far, everyone that I've met in person has been really friendly and nice, which is great. You always see things online where people are not quite able to differentiate television from real life, but that's okay and that doesn't really affect me. I feel sorry for those people! But some people find it difficult."

Apart from the Platts, who are you friends with on set?

"I'd say all of the younger cast are fab. We've had some great nights together. We've all made some great memories at work and in the green room.

"It's quite rare to be on television when you're our age. Most people our age are going to university or getting jobs. So for us to be there for each other, and to be supportive of each other as young actors, I think is really important, because not many people are in the position that we are in."

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.

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If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contactRAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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