Nina Lucas star Mollie Gallagher of Coronation Street has said she ‘wanted to cry’ after seeing her character’s injuries following a gruesome hate crime attack.
On Wednesday’s episode, Nina and her boyfriend Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) are attacked by a gang of thugs who curse the character’s gothic identity.
The storyline has many similarities to what happened to Sophie Lancaster, who was murdered in a Lancashire park in 2007, and the soap has worked with a foundation created by the late 20-year-old’s mother, Dr. Sylvia Lancaster OBE. .
Terrible: Coronation Street’s Nina Lucas star Mollie Gallagher has said she ‘wanted to cry’ after seeing her character’s injuries after a gruesome attack on hate crimes (still pictured in soap)
Mollie said she ‘wanted to cry’ after seeing her character Nina’s injuries in makeup.
The actress added that she hopes to do the important scenes ‘right’ and that it ‘breaks her heart’ knowing this has happened and is happening in real life.
Speak against The sun, Mollie said: ‘I remember the first time I got the makeup done, I hadn’t filmed any scenes yet and just rehearsed it at home in my mirror. Once the makeup was done I just wanted to cry.
‘I remember looking at my reflection and thinking,’ Wow ‘. I already knew it was awful, but if you’re really into it, I thought I could cry.
Hard-hitting: In Wednesday’s episode, Nina and her boyfriend Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) are attacked by a gang of thugs who curse the character’s gothic identity
Murdered for Dressing Differently: Sophie Lancaster was only 20 years old when she was murdered by a group of teenage boys in a Lancashire park on August 11, 2007
‘It was a very strange feeling. I kept thinking about all the scenes and what was to come. It helped in a way because I was able to hold that feeling when we were filming the scenes. It was a huge help. ‘
Mollie added to the Mirror: ‘Because this stuff happened, it’s such an important story to tell. I felt a lot of emotions. I have the privilege of getting such an important storyline, but I am also nervous because I want to do the story justice.
‘I really put everything into it and hopefully it shows. You see the human effect this has on someone you would say is strong. Knowing this has happened and is happening breaks my heart. ‘
Mollie said she worked closely with the late Sophie Lancaster’s mother, Dr. Sylvia Lancaster OBE, to ensure she was as “accurate” as possible throughout the storyline.
‘Justice’: Talking about the rock-hard storyline prior to the episode, Mollie said she hopes to do the important scenes ‘justice’ (Seb still pictured after the soap opera attack)
Sylvia told the publication that it was ‘wonderful’ to talk to Mollie and that people ‘look’ behind the clothes and image of her character Nina.
She added, ‘It’s so important to get the message across, bigotry and prejudice, we have to get it out of society. Alternative people like other minorities deserve to walk the streets without being physically or emotionally abused. ‘
Sophie and her boyfriend Robert Maltby, then 21, were attacked and beaten in a park simply because of their appearance on August 11, 2007.
Sophie’s injuries were so severe that she died in hospital 13 days later, aged 20. Ryan Herbert and Brendan Harris, then both 15, were sentenced to life in prison.
Her mother, Sylvia, founded the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in memory of her daughter to focus on creating respect and understanding for community subcultures.
When the storyline was first discussed, producers and the research team approached Sylvia, who was delighted to work with them to raise awareness of the issue.
Important: Mollie said she worked closely with the late Sophie Lancaster’s mother, Dr. Sylvia Lancaster OBE to ensure she was as ‘accurate’ as possible throughout the storyline (Sylvia depicted on Quest Red series Britain’s Deadliest Kids)
Viewers of Corrie have seen Nina and Seb fall head over heels in love in recent weeks, but her goth identity has sparked some biased reactions.
Among them is character Corey Brent (Maximus Evans), the friend of Nina’s best friend Asha, he has long expressed his intolerance towards Nina.
In Wednesday’s dramatic episode, the couple are about to go for a walk when Corey and a gang of drunken friends including Kelly Neelan corner and tickle the pair.
As Corey begins to take advantage, Kelly is urged on by the crowd and slaps Nina. Seb and Nina rush away when the gang takes chase and they are exposed to an unprovoked attack.
Back on the street, Abi and Kevin’s bachelor parties are abruptly stopped when police arrive with news of the attack.
Hard-hitting: Coronation Street will tackle the hate crime issue when characters Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin are violently attacked for her appearance on Wednesday’s episode
As Abi and Roy rush to the hospital to be with Seb and Nina, the police start an investigation to find out who of the teenage gang was responsible for the brutal attack that left the young couple with horrific injuries.
The story will draw in the other teens on the street as Summer, Asha and Amy become entangled in the aftermath as possible witnesses in the police investigation.
Sophie’s mother Sylvia said the soap with a story of the abuse faced by alternative people “means so much” to her.
She said, “I know firsthand the abuse, harassment and violence that alternative people suffer.
Hate crimes are mostly directed against already stigmatized groups and minority groups and Sophie was attacked three times for that latest, persistent and brutal attack that took her life – but she never made mention of the earlier attacks.
New Storyline: The tough storyline will attract the other teens from the street and will evolve throughout the year as the police try to train who was responsible for Nina and Seb’s gruesome injuries
‘Coronation Street dealing with this matter means so much to me. We want alternative people to know not to put up with this prejudice and bigotry, and to report it.
‘We want the wider community to really appreciate the horror of this violence and understand that the difference in itself is not terrifying, it just makes us who we are.
“We will also use this platform to continue to raise awareness of Sophie’s case in law enforcement to ensure that hate crimes against alternative people are recognized and treated with the seriousness it deserves.”
On the importance of tackling this Coronation Street storyline, producer Iain MacLeod said, ‘The issue of intolerance and hatred of people from different cultures and subcultures is arguably more relevant now than ever before.
This incredibly harsh storyline, revolving around a senseless act of violence, will attract characters from all over our narrative universe and, we hope, will leave a clear message to the audience: everyone, whatever they look like, whatever they dress or any aspect of their life should be treated with tolerance and respect.
The story will run through the rest of the year and beyond, with many twists, and will be heartbreaking and dramatic in equal measure. Ultimately, the story will see an optimistic outcome from the traumatic attack. ‘
Coronation Street continues on ITV Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM.