The character is currently sizzling our screens with his new found romance with Sarah Platt (Tina O’Brien) and his heated rivalry with Gary Barlow (Mikey North) but Sam Robertson has admitted that Coronation Street nearly lost Adam Barlow – and one of the factors was that he doesn’t always react well to constantly being recognised in his private life.
The star told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’ve been speaking to the guys upstairs about potentially staying on beyond my contract this year. I was in a strange headspace before my break. This job overtakes your life, you can’t leave it at the door on a Friday night and that was getting to me. I wasn’t enjpoying that aspect or the intrusion. I needed the headspace to decide if I wanted that long term. If I hadn’t had that break my mind space would be completely different.
‘Whenever I’ve been down in the dumps in Britain, my best mate’s in Sydney. I look at the pics on Instagram and I’m like “yeah right, I’m going go ditch this and move to Sydney on Monday”. But whenever I staying with him, reality bites, it’s not all sitting on the beach sipping cocktails – it’s get a job get a visa. When I was over there this year I realised to stop being silly, I’ve got a really great job in Britain and my life isn’t too bad at all if I could just deal with the intrusion. I’ve realised it’s a mindset.
‘Mikey deals with it really well. He’s so cool with everyone. I’m more temperamental. If I’m in a good mood I’ve got all the time in the world but if I’m in a bad mood then I don’t want to speak to anyone. What I’ve realised over time and hanging out with other actors is that actually, it’s part of the job. If you’re going to go out to certain places at certain times I’m just going to have to accept it. I’m never going to have a night out without someone coming to ask for a selfie. Whereas maybe six months ago all I wanted was a night out without someone sticking a camera in my face. Now, I’m thinking it’s no big deal.
‘It happened in Australia on my first night. It was some guy from Blackburn. He said: “Alright mate, Adam isn’t it?” I said no it’s Sam. I went into a negative headspace but my friend said “look this is massive you’ve got to roll with the punches”. It didn’t happen again after that. It was nice being on the subway without people looking at you funny. Liberating. That happens in London – next to no attention. North of Watford it gets a bit intense!’
Now that he is able to deal with it and is aware that there is big storylines in the pipeline for his alter ego, Sam is delighted to be sticking around at least until the 60th anniversary. And he is excited by the possibilities of what’s ahead.
He enthused: ‘The scope for this character is endless because of all the history. This stuff that’s happening at the moment seems to be going down well. Adam hasn’t had a lot storyline-wise. You can have all the backstory you want but if what you’re doing isn’t working your backstory isn’t going to hold much weight. But if it’s working on screen coupled with the history of the character there are so many ways we can go. Wedding bells and babies! Yeah, man, I’m up for it! I’m really keen to stay so hopefully it will all pan out.
‘I’d like to stay beyond this year. I feel like I’ve got my teeth into it. They’ve been great with me giving me storylines. Kate was great but Iain was like “right it’s time to really give Adam some material” so for me that’s a confidence boost.’
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