Coronation Street star Sally Carman – best known for portraying Abi Franklin on the cobbles – has opened up about the "terrifying" water stunts she performed as part of October's upcoming Horror-Nation Street week.
Thankfully, her co-star fiancé Joe Duttine – who plays Tim Metcalfe in Corrie – was there to help her recover from the "freezing" temperatures and waterlogged sewers.
Next week, Abi is set to fall down a sinkhole with Corey Brent – who is responsible for the murder of Abi's son Seb.
Armed with a gun, it's up to Abi to decide whether or not she takes revenge on her son's killer.
But filming in the watery conditions wasn't all fun and games, actress Sally Carman explained.
Speaking to Daily Star and other publications, she confessed: "We started off on the Monday and we finished on the Sunday, and by the Tuesday I was like, 'I can't do this!'
"It was so cold. We were permanently wet and it was so cold – but weirdly, as the week went on it's like my body just acclimatised and it was brilliant from start to finish."
She added: "It was such a brilliant experience to have all these amazing sets and this running, gushing water coming out of pipes and these electrical flashes.
"We did a stunt where we fell through a trap door. It was epic but it was hard work, but I’m really glad I got to do it. It was a real experience and it pushed me to my limits."
Discussing the moment Abi and Corey fall into the sinkhole, Sally said: "The very last thing we did is the drop through the trap door. You went through it onto these piles and piles of cardboard boxes, and as soon as it was done they went, 'Cut!' and I said, 'Right, I'm not doing that again!'
"Luckily they got what they needed in that one shot because it was terrifying – but good fun."
And even luckier for Sally, she has a doting fiancé waiting for her at home – and he understands the challenges of filming on the cobbles like no-one else could.
"To be fair, there was one night I came in, and [Joe] is so good. He always has tea prepared. There was one night I was particularly freezing, and I was like, 'I'm so cold!'
"I got in and he'd laid out my pyjamas and my slippers and dressing gown and he'd run me a big hot bath and put salts in it. He made me a cup of tea – that was so sweet!
"Yeah, he's brilliant. He's really good."
And despite the tense circumstances between her character Abi and villain Corey, filming with Maximus Evans was "really emotional".
"On a specifically built set like that, it intensifies the moment," Sally explained. "Max is such a good actor and he was really in it, and we both gave it our all.
"It was really emotional and to do those scenes is a real gift. You're really stretching acting muscles and you feel satisfied, like you've really chewed on something.
"So, as upsetting and emotional as those scenes were – for me as an actor, it was great fun. I loved it," she gushed.
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.
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