The ITV star, whose character has undergone a shocking sexual grooming storyline in recent months, spoke out about her life before Coronation Street, admitting that she used to be a bit of a wild child.
“I was friends with the wrong crowd and was a bit of a problem child,” she told The Sun’s Fabulous magazine. “The gang would say they were staying at a friend’s house but really they were passed out, paralytic in a field.
“I wasn’t ever allowed to do anything like that though,” she added. “But I used to go out all the time and lie about where I was. That was a bad time in my life.”
The 21-year-old actress also revealed how she had struggled to make it into the acting industry, after she was forced to reject offers for places at two leading drama schools back in 2014 because her family could not afford the fees.
“My mum felt so guilty having to say no,” she said.
Starting to think that she would have to ditch her dreams of becoming an actress, Lucy began working several part-time jobs whilst auditioning for roles as a dancer in local pantomimes.
Recalling the gruelling period, she told the publication: “I worked at a bar on Blackpool pier for about six months and then didn’t turn up to one of the shifts because it was that awful.
“I just couldn’t go back,” she continued.
Lucy’s portrayal of grooming victim Bethany has had Corrie viewers hooked and horrified at the traumatic storyline.
Fans of the long-running soap were relieved when Bethany finally saw sense and reported her paedophile boyfriend Nathan Curtis (played by Chris Harper) to the police, but the star has since dropped a major spoiler about Bethany’s future.
Hinting that it could be a long time before things get better for her character, Lucy insisted that there was “light at the end of the tunnel” for Bethany, as she noted that everyone wanted to see Nathan get his comeuppance for his terrible actions.
Coronation Street continues Monday at 7.30pm on ITV.