Paula, who joined the show two years ago as Becky McDonald’s (Katherine Kelly) sister, said, “I’ve hardly even been recognised! That’s because I’ve really tried to make Kylie different from me – that was a conscious decision.
“I knew I’d struggle with the fame side of being in Corrie so I thought that if I can make her very different, it’s going to make it easier to separate the two.
“I hardly wear any make-up in real life and I wear my hair loose or even put a hat on. I used to wear a quiff, but Kylie stole it!
“That was a choice I made for my screen test and they loved it, so it’s carried on.”
But when fans do recognise her, despite the fact that as Kylie, Paula has had some controversial storylines, such as blackmailing Becky over her son Max, Paula says nobody’s ever unpleasant to her…
She said, “I might get the odd, you know, ‘Ooh you minx’ from people with a squeeze of my cheek.
“But as soon as they speak to me they realise I’m just playing a part.
“I try to make her dress as wacky and uninhibited as possible as that’s what she’s like. Whereas I’m casual and comfy, although I do love vintage.
“So yes, we are different!”
However, Paula went on to say that she’s enjoying the many layers there seem to be to her character.
She said, “Kylie’s a very complex character. I’d be lying if I said there were times when I didn’t really struggle to justify her actions.
“You get some really evil people in the world, but I don’t think Kylie is one of them.
“She’s just been so tarnished by neglect, troubles in her family and upbringing and I’ve been able to delve into that.
“To start with, she really struggled with this maternal bond that she was supposed to have, but she does seem to have overcome that now with having a stable family unit.”
And finally, of co-starring with Harry McDermott, who plays Max, Paula said, “He brings such a vibrant quality to the Street. I love playing games with him, he’s such a little personality.
“I feel I have a duty towards Harry to keep him under my wing a little bit. Being a child star in such a big machine I do feel quite protective over him.
“Yes, I’m very maternal, but I’m very career driven at the same time so there are no plans for children yet. I’d love them at some point.”