Rhea Bailey: Coronation Street viewers call me evil
'Coronation Street' actress Rhea Bailey has claimed fans of the ITV show take her character too seriously
'Coronation Street' star Rhea Bailey has been called "evil" by fans of the soap.
The 33-year-old actress stars as Caz Hammond - who is currently on the run after framing Maria Connor for her death - on the ITV show, and has revealed that some members of the public struggle to distinguish between her on-screen character and her real-life self.
She shared: "People are taking it really seriously which has massively surprised me. The other morning I was coming through the tube and somebody came up to me and said 'You're evil. you are'.
"I was like, 'It's 8 o'clock in the morning, what did I do?' Then you suddenly realise they're talking about a fictional character and I say, 'Yeah, Caz is evil. There's no way she should get away with that behaviour and all she's been doing.' It's just too intense."
Rhea admitted she was initially a little upset by the abuse she received from the public, but said it is something she has grown used to.
She told 'This Morning': "At first it did upset me a little because I wasn't expecting it, I'm just doing my job and I'm doing exactly what the producers and directors asked me to do.
"But now I have to come to a place where I let it wash over me and realise that there's only a few people who take it very seriously. Most people are really nice and sweet."
Maria also revealed she is keen to see her on-screen character brought to justice.
She said: "I want justice just as much as the audience. I didn't realise it was going to get this dark.
"I spend more time than I should talking to old ladies in the supermarket reassuring them that I'm really friendly. I wanted to prove to her that I'm not actually horrible and I'm nice."