Catherine Tyldesley: I lived on lettuce for two weeks before Viewpoint sex scenes

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 April 2021
Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley spent “two weeks living on lettuce” to prepare herself for her ‘Viewpoint’ sex scenes - only to find all but one of the steamy segments were axed from the final cut

Catherine Tyldesley spent “two weeks living on lettuce” to prepare herself for her ‘Viewpoint’ sex scenes.

The 37-year-old actress plays Kate Tuckman in the new ITV drama series – which premiered on Monday (26.04.21) – and has said she prepared for her nude scenes with a strict diet of nothing but leafy greens, only to find all but one of the steamy segments were axed from the final cut.

Speaking about the cutting out of the scenes during an appearance on ‘This Morning’, she said: “I spent two weeks living on lettuce, Phillip! And then I watched it back and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s it’. That was unusual because we wouldn’t take our masks off until a take so kissing with a mask on is all kinds of weird.”

Catherine also went to the trouble of shaving her legs, which she admitted she hadn’t done since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

She quipped: “I went to shave my legs that morning and my husband went, ‘I’ve not seen shaved legs since week one [of lockdown], this is wonderful!’ ”

The former ‘Coronation Street’ star felt thankful to be able to return to work on ‘Viewpoint’ amid the pandemic, as she was beginning to struggle emotionally after losing her grandfather to the virus and seeing her mum hospitalised with it too.

She confessed: “At one point my mum was in intensive care and my grandad unfortunately was in the ward below dying. I think the cruellest thing has been people not being able to say goodbye and not being able to be with their loved ones when they’re struggling. That’s just been very hard for so many people.

“I’ve been so open about it because I thought it’s all well and good me posting pictures of me making sourdough and banana bread and going on lovely walks, but actually we were all struggling. We all have our own stories from the past year and I thought it was really important to be open about that.

“There were a couple of very dark weeks for me when my grandad was passing and my mum was poorly and we couldn’t get to her, it was beyond stressful.”

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