Wednesday 24 May 2017

'I studied up in Coppers for my new TV role' - Seana Kerslake

Seana Kerslake
Seana Kerslake
Seana Kerslake at the Irish Premiere of A Date for Mad Mary at The Lighthouse Cinema
A DATE WITH DESTINY: Seana Kerslake is set to become a household name with roles in a new movie and TV series

Sean O'Grady

She stars alongside Amy Huberman in new series Can't Cope Won't Cope and ultra-committed Seana Kerslake set off for Copper Face Jacks - all in the name of research.

The Tallaght woman (25) plays a young girl named Aisling who has moved to Dublin from Cork, with Amy playing her boss.

Acting out: Seana Kerslake in character as Aisling on set
Acting out: Seana Kerslake in character as Aisling on set

To get into her role of a girl about town, the Dubliner decided to cut loose in popular venue Coppers.

"We wanted to see what the environment was like and the crowds. It was mental. It was about 12-ish," she told the Diary.

A DATE WITH DESTINY: Seana Kerslake is set to become a household name with roles in a new movie and TV series
A DATE WITH DESTINY: Seana Kerslake is set to become a household name with roles in a new movie and TV series

"It wasn't carnage but it wasn't where everyone was sober. It was all for research purposes."

With so many of the scenes taking place in clubs and bars, Shauna felt it would be a good place to put herself into the mind of her character.

Seana Kerslake at the Irish Premiere of A Date for Mad Mary at The Lighthouse Cinema
Seana Kerslake at the Irish Premiere of A Date for Mad Mary at The Lighthouse Cinema

"Because so much of their time is spent out, you have to get used to the character and how she would react in that space," she said.

However, the actress pointed out she is not quite as wild and carefree as her character on the comedy-drama. "If somebody slapped my character's arse, I would probably laugh. But if someone slapped my arse, I wouldn't like it as much," she said.

Shauna says the series also has an element of risk to it that audiences will not have seen previously on Irish television.

"I think maybe it's risky because it's something they haven't seen before. It is out there," she said.

If the show becomes a success, Seana insisted she's not worried about becoming type-cast as a party girl.

"I don't think I'll be stuck and if I am stuck, people's minds aren't wide enough. We are actors for a reason. That's the whole thing, you're diverse and you can try other parts," she said.

Herald

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