'I feel an IFTA coming on' - Alan Hughes on his Ros na Run debut
Alan Hughes has said he struggled to grasp his lines during the filming of his debut appearance on TG4 soap opera Ros na Run.
The TV3 presenter admitted he did not have a flair for the Irish language in secondary school which made memorising the script very difficult indeed ahead of his role in the soap.
Speaking to the Irish Star's Chic magazine, Alan said his teachers would be shocked to see him on the Spiddal-based drama as he was so terrible at Irish in secondary school.
The Ireland AM star said his try at acting was a far cry from his role on the morning talk show, and said it was interesting to do something so outside of his comfort zone.
"After 16 years of live TV where you only get one chance to do something, this was totally different. It was so funny because we did this scene over and over again, and by the eighth take I was going 'Oh s**t, this is my fault' but they kept reassuring me there was a boom in the shot or a door banging. Any excuse to make me feel better," he said.
After finally nailing his lines, the actor said he is anticipating his appearance in the show and joked that he feels an Irish Film and Television Award coming his way.
"I feel an IFTA Coming on! I'd never say no [top returning to soapland]. You see a lot of people who have done TV end up in soaps," he said.
Meanwhile, the presenter has just returned from Sri Lanka, where he celebrated his honeymoon with husband Karl Broderick. The couple tied the knot in a low key ceremony in Powerscourt Hotel in September, six years after their 2011 civil partnership.
"Nobody knew we were doing it. We only told our families while we were on the way there," he said.