THE SYNDICATE: INTERVIEW WITH KATIE McGLYNN
It’s Keeley’s (Katherine Rose Morley) birthday and she could really do with some luck today - she’s defaulted on a payday loan, and the debt collectors are already knocking on her door demanding she pays off the £425 she owes. With nothing in her bank account Keeley needs to think of a way to get the cash and fast - and winning the lottery would certainly solve all Keeley’s problems!
The Syndicate begins Tuesday 30th March at 9pm on BBC One.
Interview: BBC Press
Tell us about your character, Georgina.
Georgina is very feisty. She is very much rough around the edges. I like the character because she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to ask for it. She’s very manipulative but she has a redeeming feature. You can tell that she really does care about her daughter. She might not always go about it the right way, to support her, but you can tell she really does care.
Where do we find Georgina when we meet her in the series?
You start seeing Georgina in a bit of a love triangle with Jake, because they share a little girl called Eva together but it was a surprise pregnancy. Jake and Georgina have been on and off over the years, Georgina’s very good at manipulating and she’s always had Jake in the palm of her hand. They’re constantly breaking up and getting back together and she always thinks she can have him back when she clicks her fingers but he finally had the courage to stand up to her and has had enough. But then Georgina drops a bombshell that she’s pregnant so they try and make it work, but it’s on dodgy ground and they end up splitting up again. There’s a court case and it’s very messy when we meet her in episode one.
Do you share any character traits with Georgina?
I love that she’s very feisty and sticks up for herself and I’d like to think that I could if I had to but I’ve got to be honest I’m very laid back, so we’re opposites in that sense. I don’t have any children but if I did I’d like to think I’d want the best for my children so I’d hope to share that trait with her. The only similarity is that we’ve both got a working-class background. I probably went through a Georgina phase as a teenager.
Were you familiar with Kay’s work before you joined The Syndicate?
Yes, I was familiar with Kay’s work and I’ve always wanted to work with her. I just really admire her. She’s a phenomenal writer, director and has worked on some amazing stuff that I’ve always wanted to be involved in. When I heard about this part I just jumped at the chance. I managed to get a full day with her and it was amazing. You could tell she means business and that it was her baby. She knew what she wanted and I really liked that about her. I really enjoyed working with her, because I got a lot of really good direction. I love directors that really think about the characters with you and it’s not just about all the shots. She really was invested in the characters. It was a really good experience.
How have you found filming during Covid?
It’s been so bizarre, because I’m quite a sociable person usually when I’m on set, filming. I’m always talking to everybody, because Coronation Street was like a big family and everybody knew each other. For me, to move onto this, it’s a new job, everybody had a mask on and you’ve got to keep your distance. I was screaming behind my mask, thinking, I’d love to go and speak to people right now and give them a hug.
It was just really strange in that sense but everybody was lovely. It was also peculiar to do my own make-up, because you don’t normally get to do that, and part of me enjoyed it because it felt like I was more in tune with the character. I’m just really happy and grateful that we managed to do it and that production managed to be able to produce it under the guidelines. There’s not a lot we can do about it, is there? You’ve just got to try and make what you can of it.
Were you familiar with The Syndicate before working on this season?
I remember watching the first series and fell in love with it. I really enjoyed it and always thought in the back of my mind, I’d love to be in something like this if I ever left Corrie. It’s really good at representing the working-class Northern life and I just think it’s brilliant.