Michelle Collins: I was mistaken for a heroin addict
- Bang Showbiz
- 16 March 2013
Michelle Collins has revealed how her battle with bulimia early in her acting career left her looking so ill a casting agent thought she was a drug addict
Michelle Collins' bulimia battle saw her mistaken for a heroin addict.
The 'Coronation Street' star - who plays landlady Stella Price in the soap - was given a "wake-up call" early in her acting career when she was snubbed for a fashion commercial because the casters thought she was taking drugs.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, she revealed: "I went to auditions for a fashion commercial and they said they didn't think I was quite right for it because I wasn't 'upmarket' enough.
"Later that day my agent called to see if I was OK and told me that actually I had looked so awful the casters had thought I was a heroin addict and wanted to know if I was on drugs.
"That was the wake-up call I needed."
The 50-year-old actress admitted she used alcohol as a replacement for food and opened up about how she had the "body of a child".
She said: "It was a running joke with friends that I would order a salad without the oil and then drink copious amounts of alcohol like them.
"That was just what I did because I thought it had fewer calories than food ... I went for weeks without really eating any food. I'd starve all day then binge on anything I could get my hands on.
"I raided the fridge and cupboards then stuck my hands down my throat to feel empty again ... I had the body of a child, but when I looked in the mirror I still wanted to lose more."
Michelle, who now works with charity 'b-eat', admitted she's scared for her 16-year-old daughter Maia because of the pressure to look a certain way.
She continued: "I see 15 and 16-year-old girls posting photos of themselves in their underwear on Twitter and Instagram because all their self-worth is in their looks.
"I'm scared for Maia and for all her friends. I want to grab them and say, 'Don't give in to the pressure."
The actress just filmed 'Coronation Street' scenes which see her pub - The Rover's Return - go up in a fatal blaze.