This storyline was very close to home for the actress
The actress admits that she was supported by a counsellor on set whilst filming the scenes – which saw Michelle Connor tragically lose her newborn son Ruairi at 23 weeks – and found this particularly helpful whenever she was struggling.
It was a particularly close to home plot for Kym, 40, as her son Archie sadly passed away in 2009 after being born prematurely at 21 weeks into her pregnancy.
‘Coronation Street insisted I had a counsellor throughout the baby loss storyline,’ says Kym.
‘I saw him for a couple of weeks prior to it and then he was on set every day throughout filming,
‘I found it a real help, although I think I was fairly strong throughout the whole thing.
‘There were a couple of moments when I had a bit of a wobble, but that was understandable in the circumstances.’
To help Kym deal with these difficult moments, the counsellor did ‘grounding exercises’ with her which she says ‘would bring me back to the here and now and take me out of the situation I’d just put myself back into’.
‘I also had the support of my fellow cast members and crew and a great support network at home,’ she explains.
Kym had Archie with ex-husband Jamie Lomas and went on to welcome daughter Polly, 6, with him. She’s also mum to David, 21, and Emilie, 19, from a previous relationship.
Whilst filming this story was clearly tough for Kym after her terrible experience – which she admits left her wanting to ‘stay hidden away forever’ – the actress knew it was something she wanted to do to raise awareness and ‘honour’ the memory of Archie.
‘I was able to give a lot of input into the storyline and I spoke at length with the producer about my own experience,’ she tells Woman Magazine. ‘I was told right at the start that this was not something I had to do.
‘I talked to my mum, who was very helpful, and she said, “What’s your instinct?” and my instinct was to do it.
‘It is real life, it does happen to a lot of people and I like to get people to talk about it, because it is quite a taboo subject – people feel uncomfortable discussing it. So for me, it’s all about that.’