"You're going to see a lot of toxic masculinity."
Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Coronation Street’s Max Turner has recently found himself a love interest in Sonya, following his expulsion from school after a series of revenge attempts on Daniel Osbourne.
While he seems very smitten, upcoming scenes will see things take a bad turn as nude photographs he sends end up in the hands of someone he doesn’t want to have them, with the soap hinting that ‘Sonya’ is actually a catfish.
Speaking to The Mirror at the British Soap Awards about how the toxic masculinity aspect of the storyline differs from Asha Alahan’s storyline from years ago, actor Paddy Bever said: “I think it was very important to me to be very focused and to get it very right because this genuinely affects so many people.
“I even know tens of people this has happened to at a very young age and it really does happen. What could make someone more vulnerable than a photo of that? I don’t know. I think it’s a turning point, I really do.
“With Max’s, you’re going to see it from more of a male perspective and you’re going to see a lot of toxic masculinity, a lot of bravado and a lot of fear that I think Max feels quite ashamed of… because he’s a boy, his mates are boys, it’s a very different situation.
“I did a lot of research into the new laws that have come about more recently and sort of where Max’s head would be at. Because he’s a 15-year-old with a laptop.
“I think when I spoke to lots of people that have been affected by this, it’s genuinely horrifying to see this epidemic. It really is an epidemic.”
If that’s not enough for the Platt family to deal with, one of this week’s storylines will see them get ‘cursed’.