‘Coronation Street’ actor Rob Mallard says Katie McGlynn "didn’t warm" to him at first.
The 28-year-old star – who plays Daniel Osbourne on the ITV soap – has confessed he was "too over familiar" with his co-star (Sinead Tinker) initially, but she eventually realised he "wasn’t an absolute tool" and they are now good friends.
He said: "I don’t feel bad about saying this now because I take the mick out of her for it all the time. She didn’t warm to me, shall we put it that way, when I first went.
"I think I was too over familiar with her, but once we did click, once she realised that I wasn’t an absolute tool, we got that click moment and we’ve been mates like that ever since."
Rob also hinted there could be a brighter future ahead for grief-stricken Daniel – whose wife Sinead tragically died earlier this year after battling cervical cancer – admitting it might "start to become a bit too much" for the audience otherwise.
Speaking on the Digital Spy ‘Soap Scoop’ podcast, he added: "From an acting perspective, that continuity of story has been brilliant … I would think though that it couldn’t go on much longer, they [producers] would have to start doing other things with Daniel, because in the same way that the soaps move quite quickly in time, I think the audience is accustomed to that, and only so much of an extended storyline about something about grief for example.
"It might start to become a bit too much. So, I think soon enough we will see a shift in where Daniel is going."
Listen to the full Rob Mallard interview on the Digital Spy ‘Soap Scoop’ podcast, available now.