Coronation Street star Sally Carman has spoken about how ‘damaging’ social media can be following the death of Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) in the ITV soap.
The character and his girlfriend Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) were brutally attacked by a gang in a violent hate crime that left them fighting for their lives in hospital.
Unfortunately, Seb died as a result of his injuries, while Nina survived the attack – with Seb’s mother, Abi Franklin (played by Sally), blaming her for his death due to her goth appearance.
As a result, Nina opted to get rid of her identity altogether, including taking off her makeup and outfits.
Sally has now spoken about doing the storyline ‘justice’ and the effect social media can have on people.
Speaking on today’s instalment of Loose Women, she explained regarding the storyline: ‘It’s really important to try and do it justice as much as I can. Obviously I’ve never been in that situation, it’s such a unique situation, I can’t begin to imagine the emotions of that or what that feels like.
‘It was important to try and get it as truthful as I possibly could with what I’ve got.’
The panellists then asked Sally for her thoughts about people being attacked over their appearance or the way they act, and if the violence ‘struck home’ to her.
She replied: ‘It does, it did, I think certainly with social media, the way that is and you know, you watch things on TV, we’ve all done, it’s so easy.
‘I watched an interview with Kathleen Turner, and I’d not seen her for a very long time, and my first instinct was to go, “Ooh, she’s changed”. It’s easy how that can creep in.
‘We gotta be really careful, because as we know words moreso than physical violence can be life-changing, they can change the way you feel about yourself and how you interact and how you go about your day, it might just be a flippant comment but it all matters.’
She added: ‘To be kind is the only way forward, because anything else is just damaging.’
Next week, Nina will be involved in scenes which see Seb’s killer Corey Brent (Maximums Evans) left for dead after plunging down a set of stairs.
Along with Abi and Asha Alahan (Tanisha Gorey), Nina will face the decision over whether to let Corey die or whether to see health.
It’s also been reported that Coronation Street will broadcast devastating scenes in the coming months as Nina continues to struggle with Seb’s death.
A source told Metro.co.uk: ‘It’s a given that Nina will continue to suffer – she has faced the most harrowing thing a human can go through and there is no easy fix for this.
‘Over the coming months we will see a vulnerable Nina push those closet to her away and really hit self destruct – with devastating ramifications.’
Coronation Street continues tonight at 7pm on ITV, while Loose Women next airs on Monday at 12:30pm.
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