‘It could be worse... I could be out digging holes for a job instead of kissing women’ – Fair City’s Tony Tormey on playing love rat Paul
Published 17/09/2016 | 13:05
Irish actor Tony Tormey revealed that 27 years on Ireland’s favourite soap Fair City hasn’t made kissing scenes any less awkward than the first day he stepped on set.
The actor, best known for playing adulterer Paul Brennan on the RTE soap opera, said it’s still “embarrassing” to have to lock lips with colleagues on set, despite more than two decades of risqué storylines involving his love rat character.
Speaking to The Star’s Chic magazine: “Kissing girls you’re not romantically involved with while 20 or 30 guys on the crew stand around and most of them are on their phones, it’s embarrassing, but you just have to get the head down and do it.
“As I say to my son it could be worse, I could be out digging holes for a job instead of kissing women,” he said.
Car dealership owner Paul is currently at the centre of a heated love affair in Carrigstown, as he is romancing his colleague Hayley behind his long-suffering wife Niamh’s back.
The soap opera will celebrate its 4000th episode on Wednesday and Tony admitted he couldn’t believe it has been so successful.
“Fair City was actually cancelled after the first season and we all thought that’s that, then they brought it back again.
“I have to say, if anyone said to me back then that I’d still be here 27 years later I’d have told them where to get off,” he said.