Corrie star on the effect Sinead storyline had on mental health – digitalspy.com
21 October 2019 NEWS
Coronation Streetstar Katie McGlynn has opened up about the effect of Sinead Tinker’s cancer storyline on her mental health.
The character isdue to pass away in heartbreaking scenes this week, and Katie joinedLoose Womentoday (October 21) to speak about leaving the role.
“I watched the press screening on Monday of her final scenes, and I can’t watch it again,” she admitted. “I think once we were filming it, you couldn’t really get out of it. You immerse yourself in the part so much.
“Whenever we went back to Sinead’s room, people were just on and off crying, parts of the crew, me and Rob [Mallard]. It felt so real, and I thought the only way we could play this part is if we tap our minds into it. It’s real, all of it felt real for me.”
She added: “I kind of underestimated the effect it’s had on my mental health. I’ve only just noticed it. Walking away from filming and watching it on Monday, that part of me is breathing Sinead, and it’s bizarre. But I started doing a fitness thing to safeguard myself, and that’s really helping me mentally.
“I sound silly saying it, but I believe Sinead’s real. I’ve played her for six and a half years, me andCorriecreated this character, I feel like she’s my friend. So watching her die was just awful. But it’s raising awareness, and I just hope we are doing that.”
Speaking further about the positive response they’ve had, Katie revealed: “I feel overwhelmed… People in the street, social media.
“I’ve had women message me saying that hadn’t gone for the smear but now they have, and they found pre-cancerous cells.
“I just get emotional when they’re telling me. Me and Rob feel this imposter syndrome, because people keep coming up to us saying, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this storyline’. I just think, ‘I’m acting, I’m not curing cancer, I’m not actually doing anything’.”
Coronation StreetandLoose Womenboth air on ITV.
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