WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR UPCOMING EPISODES
There are lots of candidates for the title of “most-hated baddie on Coronation Avenue“.
Nevertheless, this week there’s absolutely just one contender for that crown: Robert Preston.
The chef will little question be the item of a lot fury from Corrie‘s hundreds of thousands of followers all around the globe when it emerges that he has cheated with Vicky Jeffries (Kerri Quinn) on the much-loved Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh). To make issues even worse, Preston has received the fiery single mom Jeffries pregnant. Worldwide loathing is definitely about to rain down on his head.
Tristan Gemmill, who has performed Preston for the final 4 years, says he’s braced for the followers’ onslaught. “It is going to be attention-grabbing to see what the viewers do. However I’m certain they’ll see him as an absolute cheat and a snake as a result of you may’t do something to hurt these Connor ladies on Coronation Avenue as they’re the center and soul of the present.”
Maybe extra in hope than expectation, the actor provides that, “I’d hope the viewers would come on his journey a bit bit and realise he is in a little bit of a nook actually because it escalates out of his management and he spends numerous time attempting to struggle fires”.
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Regardless of the viewers’s response to Preston’s duplicity, the actor says that he has relished portraying this “double life” storyline. “It is at all times enjoyable to play that as an actor. You do hear of those loopy tales the place folks intend to dwell a double life. I do not suppose that is the case with Robert, although. Robert will get into it by chance. He and Michelle have cut up up and he has a fling with Vicky.
“She clearly takes it a bit extra critically that he does, however he thinks he is doing the first rate factor as quickly as Michelle begins warming in direction of him and he realises they may get again collectively. So, he does the first rate factor in his thoughts and goes to inform Vicky that no matter it was, it is over now.”
Nevertheless – and keep in mind, that is the world of cleaning soap, the place issues are by no means easy – it isn’t as simple as Preston imagines to extricate himself from this very troublesome place.
Fifty-two-year-old Gemmill goes on to contemplate how Preston, who has at all times longed for a kid, will cope with discovering that he’s going to be a dad. “As he’s getting issues again on observe with Michelle, discovering this out will certainly come as a shock to him, making his life much more troublesome than he would hope.”
The actor, who lately introduced his departure from the cobbles later this 12 months by posting on Twitter – “People, I simply wished to let you realize that the time has come for me to hold up the chef’s gear and head for pastures new” – earlier than reassuring us all that, “There’s nonetheless numerous drama & shenanigans to come back for Robert”, proceeds to mirror on how Preston copes with the actual fact he has lied to Connor. “The lies meet up with him actually.
“I believe he in all probability intends to inform Michele, at some stage, that he had a bit fling after they have been damaged up. They love one another, so she would in all probability perceive.”
However, Gemmill provides, “the actual fact of Vicky being pregnant complicates that, and Robert is clearly delicate in direction of Michelle with all of the horrendous experiences she has been by with Rory”.
“So,he retains it from her to guard her emotions. However then in fact, the longer he retains one thing like that from her, the heavier the burden will probably be round his neck. Now it is about time for Robert to come back clear, however will he …?”
In any case these ructions, Gemmill, who additionally performed Dr Adam Trueman in Casualty, is uncertain that Preston and Connor may have their completely satisfied ever after. “I wish to suppose that they might however, this being a cleaning soap opera, there are at all times many obstacles thrown in the best way of that.”
This specific impediment has put Preston in a very tight spot. The actor muses about what lies in retailer for his character. “I believe a really tough interval of spinning two plates on the similar time, with out one plate discovering out about one other plate’s existence. It’s going to be a really tough prospect and, ultimately, they will come crashing down.”
Lastly, Gemmill contemplates what recommendation he would give to Preston on this dire state of affairs.
“Simply be sincere. She loves you, you’re keen on her. In case you are meant to be collectively, that is the kind of factor you may in all probability recover from.
“I get the script and I’m going… ‘Dude, simply inform her!'”