Ex-Corrie babe turned jungle babe turned FHM babe turned serial tabloid interviewee Helen Flanagan has been talking to the Daily Mail about her later career in Weatherfield and how she feels she was depressed, exploited and mocked.
Helen played airhead would-be model Rosie Webster and says that the role was a bane: "I felt people were taking the mickey out of me. I felt Rosie had become a cartoon character and I wasn't being taken seriously. At times, when I was asked to wear silly costumes, I felt a bit degraded and demoralised and there were times when I ran off set because I couldn't stand it anymore. I just wanted to be myself. I wanted to get rid of this sexy image. I felt I was being laughed at."
She says that the crew and the producers didn't recognise that she was ill: "I thought people at work didn't like me anymore and considered me a drama queen, a brattish diva, but I was severely depressed. I was crying my eyes out all the time. Eventually, someone at work pulled me aside and said, 'I really don't think you can do this anymore', because I was not well at all. Once, on Corrie, I had to do this really sexy scene with loads of dialogue. I'd hardly been sleeping and couldn't concentrate so I was struggling to remember the words. I was wearing a bra and knickers, feeling very self-conscious, going through really bad depression. I felt knackered and just burst into tears. It was too much pressure."
To be fair, we at Corrie Blog posted several stories at the time saying that Helen looked unwell and that the show seemed intent on showing her in as little clothing as possible in every episode. Helen, however, did little to correct this after leaving the show, posting scantily clad pictures of herself on Twitter and accepting modelling projects which required her to wear very little. Also, it's a bit rich to complain about this now while she is currently on the front of FHM in her underwear.