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Interview with Actor Lucy Fallon

We talk to actor Lucy Fallon about her rise to fame

Fresh from the Coronation Street cobbles, Lucy Fallon arrived with a sunny personality we haven’t gotten a glimpse of for a while on screen thanks to the soap star’s hard-hitting storylines. At the beginning of 2018, 22-year-old Lucy won a National Television Award for Outstanding Serial Drama Performance for her incredible performance as Bethany Platt. We sat down with Blackpool-born Lucy to talk all about her rising career.

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What does it mean to you to be from the North?

It means a lot to me! I’m really proud of being from up North. I think everybody seems to be really friendly here, and I like it because I live by the sea. I don’t think I could live anywhere else – I’m Blackpool born and bred and proud!

 

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“The sense of community in Manchester and the way people can come together is what makes it so special.”

 

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What are some of your favourite places in Manchester?

I really like Ezra & Gil. That’s a nice lunch spot in the Northern Quarter. For a night out, it’s a bit of a dive, but 42s. It’s my favourite place! Every time we all go on a night out, I’m always the one that’s like ‘42s!’ and everyone else is like ‘Um, no’ [laughs].

 

What do you think makes Manchester special?

I think obviously the culture, the history of Manchester, and I think the people that live in Manchester. I think that – especially thinking of things that happened in 2017 – the sense of community in Manchester and the way people can come together is what makes it so special.

 

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You wowed us when you appearong on All-Star Musicals. If you were to go into theatre, what’s your dream role?

I think my dream role would be Evita in Evita. I’d also like to play the lead character from Miss Saigon, but I’m not Vietnamese, so maybe in another life!

 

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If you were to appear on a TV game show, which would it be?

I think I’d be good on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. I like to challenge myself and I think that’s the most challenging one. I think I could do the eating challenges, but I couldn’t drink something blended up together.

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What’s your favourite way to relax after a long day on set?

I quite like my drive home because I have an hour in the car where I just listen to music. Then when I get home I’ll always have a really hot bath with a Lush bath bomb. After that, I’ll watch something on TV. My favourite show is The Office U.S.

 

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What do you listen to in the car on your drive home?

It depends what kind of day I’ve had. If I’ve had a day with loads of sad scenes – which is quite often – I’ll purge the sadness on my way home with loads of sad songs. I like things like Babyshambles – the really dark stuff. But then if I’ve had a really good day, or I’m getting ready to go out, I’ll listen to Cardi B.

 

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Bethany has had a lot of hard-hitting storylines, what has been the most challenging one to film?

Probably the hardest day – just because it was the longest day – was the scenes in court. We had more harrowing scenes than that but that was a full day – we got there are at 8.15am and didn’t leave until 7pm – and it was just scenes of me crying, so that was probably the most difficult. In terms of one particular scene, it was the one where Bethany gets raped by Neil because that was the first day I met him too.

 

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Can you cry on cue?

I think because the scenes are quite emotional anyway, I don’t really need help. If the script is exactly how you feel you would say it, then it’s just really easy to cry. We did quite a lot of work with the NSPCC, and I met people who’d been through a similar thing, so it’s quite easy to just think BACK to that and get emotional.

 

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Who do you look up to as an actor?

As an actor – it’s quite an obvious one – but Suranne Jones, just because she was in Corrie and now she’s doing amazing dramas. I think she’s so good! I feel like outside of all the stuff she does, you really see her as a well-respected woman. You see her as an actress, not just a celebrity.

 

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What’s the best part of your job?

The people. It’s not just the actors you work with, it’s the crew, it’s everybody. It’s all the opportunities you get as well, things like this photoshoot and going to events and awards. You’d never get to do that in any other job.

 

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What’s the best compliment you’ve ever been given?

 I feel like I just ignore it if someone gives me a compliment. I can’t really take a compliment. It makes me cringe and squirm. I find it really awkward. 

 

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If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I want to say LA, but I’ve never been, so I don’t actually know what it’s like. Either there or somewhere really tropical like Bali. 

 

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What has playing Bethany taught you about yourself?

I’ve grown up a lot. It’s taught me how to be disciplined. I feel like I am much more in control of myself and I feel like I know who I am a lot more now. I think I’m a better person as well compared to before I was on Corrie because I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I was in a bit of a sh*tty place – I didn’t get into the colleges I wanted to go to to do Musical Theatre.

 

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What does the future have in store for you?

For me, I’m really happy where I am at the moment. I’ve only been at Corrie for three years and I feel like that’s not enough time to really get everything out of it. I’ve just signed another contract for one more year, so I’ll be there definitely until February 2019, and then it’ll have been four years, but even then, I feel like there’s no way I’d be ready to leave.

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