Coronation Street's Max Evans says 'When I’m on TV Mum yells at the screen: 'he’s a bad ’un'06/12/2021
HE’S had women screaming at him in the street, been cornered in the pub and even had his mum outraged because of his shocking storyline in Coronation Street.
But actor Max Evans doesn’t care because he has finally landed his dream job.
After auditioning for different characters, the teen was cast as swaggering murderer Corey Brent, who is involved in a hate crime storyline — and unsurprisingly the public are not shy about letting him know what they think of his character.
In an exclusive interview, Max told The Sun on Sunday: “A woman screamed at me down the street, ‘I hope you didn’t murder him’.
“In pubs, people are either wagging their finger or getting ready to insult me. Then they realise, ‘No, he’s an actor, he’s just an ordinary guy’ and they hold themselves back.
You can tell that she’s proud, but it’s funny because she does hate Corey.
“When I’m watching with my mum, you can tell that she’s proud, but it’s funny because she does hate Corey.
"She’ll say, ‘Oh, he’s a bad ’un!’ or, ‘He’s awful’. ”
The 19-year-old cobbles star grew up with his teacher mum Debbie, 50, and two brothers after his dad Dave died aged 41 from cancer of the oesophagus when Max was only seven.
He says: “I think my dad would be pleased with the fact that I’m happy. But with him passing at a young age I was quite a confused child. I wasn’t the brightest and I never really found my niche.
“I love my mum to pieces. She did a phenomenal job helping me.
Losing my dad maybe influenced my behaviour without me even knowing.
"Losing my dad maybe influenced my behaviour without me even knowing. I’m still trying to figure out who I am and the lad I used to be.”
Max, who is single and grew up in Cheadle Hulme, Gtr Manchester, admits he found therapy in drama.
He said: “I was a boisterous lad and I found education hard. But some of the teachers really stuck by me and I owe a lot to them, especially the drama department.
“They put on big-scale productions. I was in those and that really got me through school.”
Max first appeared on Corrie as an extra when he was 11.
He says: “Those days gave me a taster for the life that I eventually wanted to get into.
“I remember going on a minibus with all the other extras to a theatre. Roy had taken Hayley there as a treat. I had a big foam finger and I was running around the theatre waving it.
I’ve gone from playing a drug dealer to a murderer.
“I also appeared in a couple of other scenes, kicking a ball against a wall in the school in a scene with Bethany and another with David Platt. I haven’t mentioned it to any of them yet. It could be quite funny to tell them.”
Max has also been in a stage production of Billy Elliot at The Plaza Theatre in Stockport, appeared on CBBC series Creeped Out and was a drug dealer in ITV thriller The Bay.
He joked: “I’ve gone from playing a drug dealer to a murderer. I think somebody’s trying to imply something.”
And after auditioning to play Seb Franklin — who Max’s character has just killed — as well as another drug dealer, he finally won the role of Corey in 2019.
Viewers have seen Corey persuade girlfriend Asha Alahan (Tanisha Gorey) to undress during a video chat, which was shared on social media.
More recently, he belittled Asha and mocked her friend Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) for her appearance.
Then he was involved in the gang attack on Nina and boyfriend Seb (Harry Visinoni) who died from his injuries.
To the relief of Seb’s mum Abi (Sally Carman) and Nina’s uncle Roy Cropper (David Neilson), Corey has been charged with murder and GBH.
But both are horrified when he is released on bail, thanks to his rich dad Stefan hiring top lawyers.
Next week viewers will see aspiring Weatherfield County footballer Corey taken out by star player Tommy Orpington to celebrate the young man winning the Best New Talent award.
But Max reveals that playing a footballer stretched his acting talents. He confesses: “On the B team in primary school, I only scored one goal — accidentally, with my belly.”
Luckily, he’s much better at acting.
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