Coronation Street newcomer Ryan Clayton, who plays Josh, discusses the difficult subject of male rape and what's to come in David Platt's story.
What sort of person has Josh been careful to portray to the Street?
We have seen that side of him that he is possibly not all that he seems but David and Josh were bonding and getting along with each other. Josh was being supportive to David and he has enjoyed being the centre of attention around the boxing match.
Tell us what happened when Josh was flirty with David.
Josh overheard Shona say something to David like, he can’t have Josh all to himself, and Josh clocks this. It is those opportunist moments that people like Josh look for.
What happened at the bar the next day?
It stems from what Josh has heard the previous day. Josh takes David out for what, in his head, he thinks is a date and he gets a lot of personal stuff out of David and gets him in a vulnerable state.
He makes sure David drinks far more than he does then he puts something in his drink to drug him.
Josh is an opportunist but has he had this plan in his head for a long time?
Josh is prepared because he has had to pick up the drugs. It is something that Josh has planned since overhearing what Shona said. It wasn’t ever a long term plan, in Josh’s head he just thinks, “I can pull tonight.” Josh thinks that they get on so in his head maybe David thinks the same.