EMMERDALE star Isabel Hodgins has revealed how soap bosses told her Victoria Sugden was dead after the brutal rape and pregnancy storyline.
The 25-year-old actress explained that she felt “really vulnerable” after her character was attacked by rapist Lee Posner.
7 Isabel was told: ‘Victoria is dead – she doesn’t exist any more’Credit: Rex Features
She told TV Times: “I was quite daunted by the scenes I had to do with Natalie Robb [who plays Moira Barton].
“I’ve never had to really sob before, and I didn’t want to just scrunch my eyes up – it had to be from the soul.
“That’s so exposing, having the whole crew watching you cry your eyes out. I felt really vulnerable.
“The director was great, though. He said to me: ‘Victoria is dead – she doesn’t exist any more’ and that made me sad because of the woman she has become.
7 Victoria was raped by Lee is shocking scenes
7 Vile Lee pushed Victoria’s face down on the bedCredit: ITV
“I’ve grown up with Victoria. I’ve evolved from a girl to a teenager to a woman, and she has been on that journey alongside me.
“But they were like: ‘That’s all gone now – you’re starting from scratch.'”
Victoria was violently raped by Lee in Emmerdale’s shocking Big Night Out week when the villagers visited a club.
Despite Victoria making it clear she didn’t want anything from him, Lee manipulated his way into her house after their walk home.
7 Lee manipulated his way into her home
7 She was confronted by rapist Lee’s mum Wendy
He told her: “You said if I wanted to call a taxi, but I don’t. I want to stay here. Come on, you know we both want this.”
“What I want is for you to go,” she told him, showing him the door, but at that point he turned violent.
In disturbing scenes shown before the 9pm watershed, Victoria begged him to leave as she was thrown around the bedroom.
She screamed for help as he grabbed her from behind and held his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming.
7 Rob has been uneasy about Victoria’s pregnancy decision
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Pushing her face down on the bed he snarled: “You’re a tease, and nobody likes a tease.”
Screams and bangs were then heard from the bedroom leaving viewers sickened by what had happened.
Many felt it was too early in the evening for scenes like that to air.
One wrote: “Very early for this kind of thing. Yes I know there is no time limit on this in real life but still there is kids watching.”
7 Isobel at the British Soap Awards last monthCredit: Rex Features
Viewers have seen Victoria discovering she is pregnant with the rapist’s baby and opting to keep it.
Desperate to salvage something positive from the ordeal, she has made the decision – backed by Diane and Amy.
However, her brother Robert has been anything but keen on the idea so far.
Victoria Sugden is told that she is 12 weeks pregnant on Emmerdale
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