'Coronation Street' Catherine Tyldesley talks Eva turmoil - interview
Published Jun 25 2012, 00:02 BST | By Daniel Kilkelly Coronation Street
's Eva Price will be at the centre of high drama at the Rovers Return in the coming days as she ends up with two big feuds on her hands.
Eva is livid this week as her half-sister Leanne (Jane Danson) decides to reunite with Nick Tilsley
(Ben Price), just weeks after her own split from the Bistro boss. The Weatherfield blonde immediately cuts ties with Leanne, feeling completely betrayed.
If that wasn't enough to deal with, Eva is also at war with barmaid Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati), still convinced that something is going on between her and Karl (John Michie). As Eva starts making life difficult for her at work, will Sunita crack?Digital Spy
recently caught up with actress Catherine Tyldesley
, who plays Eva, to hear about a busy time ahead for her character.Why is Eva finding it so difficult to get over Nick?
"I think, out of everybody on the street, Nick is the best-matched to Eva. He's a good-looking guy, he's ambitious, he's very intelligent - and she needs somebody who's on that level to match her.
"Eva considers Nick to be the best catch on the street, and she had fallen for him completely. She really did love him, so I think that's why she's finding it so difficult, especially because at the moment there isn't anybody else around who she could see herself with."Eva tries to get back with Nick this week, but he rejects her. How does she cope with that?
"Eva really struggles with Nick's rejection, because in the past she's used her charm and her sexuality to get what she wants. As she's an only child and Stella used to spoil her a lot, Eva is so used to getting her own way.
"Eva's past relationships have also been up and down - her fiancé cheated on her just before she joined the street, and we also find out that her dad left when she was very young. So it's given her a bit of a complex and she's very insecure now. Straight away when Nick rejects her, she just thinks, 'Well, there must be somebody else'."How does Eva react to Nick and Leanne's reunion?
"She hits the roof! Eva had only just established a relationship with Leanne, after finally coming to terms with having a sister and having to share her mum. They'd just started getting along really well, so she just feels completely betrayed again. Also, just before the reunion, we actually see Eva asking for Leanne's advice over Nick, so she just sees it as a real stab in the back!"Could Eva ever forgive Leanne, or will they be on bad terms for the foreseeable future?
"At the moment, it's just so raw and such a big deal for Eva that she can't see herself speaking to Leanne again. That's it for her, for the near future at least - Leanne has really stabbed her in the back and Eva doesn't want anything to do with her."Stella eventually asks Leanne to leave the pub, so is Eva pleased that her mum takes her side?
"Well, you'd think so, but Eva actually forces her mum to choose. Eva says to Stella, 'It's her or me - make the decision'. I think Stella knows that Eva is very similar to herself - she's very fiery. She knows that Leanne is the calmer one of the two, so she sides with Eva as much as she can. But again, that's Eva pushing her mum to make that decision."Do you think things with Jason could have developed if Eva had given him more of a chance?
"No, I think Eva finds Jason very attractive, but in terms of anything long-term, I don't think he's enough for her intellectually. She is driven towards guys with ambition and power - she's very much about the power!"Things could get brighter in the long-term as there's been talk of Eva having a romance with newcomer Rob Donovan. What can we expect from those two?
"I don't want to give away too much, but Rob is going to be the fresh meat on the street and Eva is certainly attracted to him, because he does have charm and power. There's definitely something about him - he's very, very charming!"Has it been easy to strike up a good chemistry with Marc Baylis, who plays Rob?
"Well, I actually did the screen tests when they were casting for Rob. Marc stood out for me, and I did let the casting panel know that. There's just something about him - there was a way that he went about creating the character that absolutely clicked.
"Marc is brilliant to work with - he's such a good laugh and we get on really well, which has made things a lot easier. When you're doing intimate scenes or you've got to pair up with somebody, it does help when you get on with them in real life. It's been great and it's working really well."There's also a feud between Eva and Sunita brewing, isn't there?
"Definitely. At the minute, Eva knows that there's something going on between Sunita and Karl. She's not sure whether it's something sexual or whether it's something to do with Karl's gambling, but they've definitely planted a seed now. Because of that, Eva doesn't trust Sunita at all, and she's determined to get to the bottom of this bizarre behaviour that's going on.
"You'll see that Eva is very cold towards Sunita and she keeps making these little jibes. She pretty much starts to bully Sunita in a way, because she's so determined to get to the bottom of what's going on."Does Sunita stand up to Eva?
"Yeah, Sunita does start to give as good as she gets, although she's very sheepish initially. I actually feel a bit sorry for Sunita, as Dev has been a bit of a rubbish partner to her over the years! In the end, Sunita decides that she's not going to stand for Eva's behaviour. It'll definitely come to blows slightly with Sunita and Eva…"Eva has never been Karl's biggest fan either! Can we expect a big explosion when the whole truth about Sunita and Karl's affair eventually comes out?
"Absolutely! Eva and Karl have always clashed, as she feels that her mum can do a lot better. Everything that's happened recently just confirms to Eva that he's absolutely not what he says on the tin and that he's not trustworthy.
"It will come to a head between the two of them. Stella and Eva are very close, so if anybody hurts mum, then there's hell to pay with Eva!"You've been at Corrie for a year now. How has the show changed things for you?
"Well, I absolutely adore being here - it's great. It is weird to get recognised on the street and have people shouting, 'Eva'! I don't think I'll ever get used to that, but it's lovely. The reaction that I've had has been really positive and the fans have been very supportive. I'm thrilled to bits to still be here, and I hope to be here for quite a while if they'll still have me. I'm really enjoying it."We did see Eva and Kylie strike up a bond for a while last year, but would you maybe like her to get a best friend on the street?
"Yeah, she definitely needs a female friend! I loved those scenes with Paula [Lane]. I think it was dangerous to put Eva and Kylie together because they're both very feisty characters, but I really liked that. I'd quite like Eva to have a confidante and become friends with somebody."Would you like Eva to stay as 'Eva the Diva' or perhaps change as time goes on?
"I think she's pretty much always going to be like that! I do like the fact that she's a diva and that she gets her own way. But looking to the future, I would like Eva to ultimately find her calling in life. She's very savvy, she's travelled a lot, and she's dated a lot of older guys - but she's never found exactly what she'd like to do in life.
"I'd quite like Eva to fall in love with a career, and see her get passionate about something apart from men. I think that would be the best thing for her confidence and make her more secure as a person. But I love playing Eva because there's so much scope with her character - anything could happen..."> 'Coronation Street' star Jane Danson chats to Digital Spy about Leanne and Nick's reunion> Read the latest 'Coronation Street' spoilers and newsCoronation Street airs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week on ITV1.