Coronation Street's Natalie Gumede admits domestic violence scenes are 'challenging'

Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede has said that filming the domestic violence scenes has been "daunting and draining".

The actress plays Kirsty Soames who will soon be involved in a storyline which will see her attack her boyfriend Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall).

Gumede admitted that the plot was the "biggest" challenge she has experienced during her time on the soap.

She told the Daily Record: "When I auditioned for the role I knew Kirsty would be a dark character who causes a bit of trouble.

"I knew domestic violence was on the cards but I didn't know to what extent or when it would come up."

She added: "As an actor it is great to have a challenge like I have, but it is very daunting because it is not something you can comprehend.

"Unless you have been in a situation like Tyrone and Kirsty are, I don't think you can have any understanding of it, even with research."

Natalie revealed that in order to prepare for the storyline she has researched various domestic violence cases.

She said: "There isn't much from the female abuser's point of view to read up on, it was really a case of thinking about it from the victim's point of view.

"I had the same feeling reading real-life victims' stories as I did the script, that kind of heavy heart feeling. I tried to imagine how far the abuser must have gone. It had to be something that Alan and I played with.

"We have had some case studies from the male perspective, but what we have had to go on hasn't been that detailed."

Gumede revealed that she found it particularly difficult to film the scenes in which she strikes her co-star with a kitchen utensil.

She said: "After an intense scene it is hard to shake off the feeling, it really is draining.

"The first abusive scene left me feeling quite shaken, even though I didn't physically hit Alan, it was all camera tricks, the place I had to emotionally go to was quite ugly.

"I didn't know that was in me so I felt quite shaken up for several hours. I couldn't go home with that feeling, I had to leave it at work and stay behind for a while. I was left physically shaking when I came out of the studio."

She added: "The trust between me and Alan is so important to do such physical and verbally abusive scenes. I've been so lucky with him.

"He's so generous with what he does and so giving and patient, there's never a doubt we couldn't push the boundaries further. Alan plays Tyrone with such strength."

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