Katie McGlynn received DEATH THREATS while playing racist anti-vaxxer Becky Quentin on Hollyoaks
Katie McGlynn reveals she received vile DEATH THREATS while playing racist anti-vaxxer Becky Quentin on Hollyoaks, but calls them ‘badge of honour’
She joined Hollyoaks last summer, and her character continued to make derogatory comments to Asian character Serena Chen-Williams about China and the pandemic.
And now Katie McGlynn has revealed she received death threats while playing racist anti-vaxxer Becky Quentin, after scenes showing her racial abuse and anti-vaxx conspiracy theories aired, but has called the threats a “badge of honour”.
The 28-year-old actress insisted she knew what her character would be like before taking on the role and praised Hollyoaks for being “brilliant” if she ever needed anything.
Shocking! Katie McGlynn, 28, has revealed she received death threats while playing racist anti-vaxxer Becky Quentin on Hollyoaks
Katie told The Sun: “I’ve played bitchy characters before, but I’ve never played someone as controversial or extreme as Becky. I knew from the start that she was going to generate a lot of hate.
“I have pretty thick skin and take a lot of things on social media with a pinch of salt, but I received questionable direct messages from people telling me to go die.
“There was one who said, ‘I hate Becky so much. She’s so vile and bigoted – I’m going to hunt you down”, which was a little alarming. Others told me I had to be careful because they were coming for me.
On how she handled the death threats, Katie explained that she simply chose to “delete and block them”, adding that even if she read them, she “didn’t take them seriously”.
Becky: Her character Becky made disparaging comments to Asian character Serena Chen-Williams about China and the pandemic
The actress also insisted she wears the horrific attacks online as a “badge of honor” because viewers are “supposed to hate Becky”.
MailOnline has contacted Hollyoaks for a comment.
Katie said goodbye to Hollyoaks earlier this month after nine months and took to Instagram after the latest episode to comment on her departure.
The actress, who took over the role of Becky last June, 18 months after leaving Coronation Street, said “exciting opportunities” were in the works.
She wrote: ‘Becky Quentin, done and done! It was an absolute pleasure playing Becky and getting into something so different and gritty!
wow! The actress also insisted she wears the horrific attacks online as a “badge of honor” because viewers are “supposed to hate Becky”.
“As an actor, to be able to portray someone who looks so much like extremely current global issues, from conspiracy theories to anti-vaxxers, coronavirus and sinophobia…
“I really hope the storyline helped raise some important issues and helps people see how easy it is for someone to get sucked into this whole world of fake news and conspiracy!”
‘Thank you to the entire cast and crew for being so incredibly amazing and welcoming me with open arms! I will miss you all, but there are other exciting opportunities ahead of you…’
Leaving: Earlier this month, Katie said goodbye to Hollyoaks as her final scenes as new mother Becky Quentin aired
Goodbye: Former Coronation Street star Becky Quentin’s character has been written out of the Channel 4 soap, just months after joining the cast in June last year