Saturday 1 October 2016

Filming Red Rock's attempted rape scene was 'horrific' says actress Denise McCormack

Published 11/05/2016 | 08:20

Loan shark, Joe Fallon violently attacks Bridget ripping her clothes in an attempt to sexually assault her in Thursday night's (12th May) Red Rock
Loan shark, Joe Fallon violently attacks Bridget ripping her clothes in an attempt to sexually assault her in Thursday night's (12th May) Red Rock

Red Rock viewers will be shaken tomorrow night when the TV3 soap features an attempted rape scene.

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The drama will be dealing with the issue of violence against women when Bridget Kiely (played by Denise McCormack) is seen being attacked by Joe Fallon (Jonathan Byrne).

The shocking scene is the culmination of the tension that has been building between the pair for weeks after the loan shark lent her money, which she can't repay.

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Denise McCormack who plays Bridget Kiely
Denise McCormack who plays Bridget Kiely

Actress Denise (right) has spoken of how she researched the role, contacting an abuse support charity for advice on how to approach the harrowing scene.

"We chatted a lot with Eileen Finnegan from One in Four about what happens in these cases and how the assailants often groom the victim. That's what happened here.

"When Joe first comes back on the scene, he still has quite a fire burning for Bridget. They used to go out years ago.

"When we spoke to Eileen about it, she said it's like there's this kind of ticking time bomb inside them, people who do this.

"It's not like it just happens, it's something that's boiling up inside at a certain time when they can't get control or they realise it's something that's slipping from their hands. It's not about sexual gratification, it's a need to get rid of this feeling inside them."

She said that it was an upsetting scene to film and was something that stayed with her for a time afterwards.

"Any scene that involves violence against women is really difficult to film because you have to put yourself in that place of vulnerability.

"After I filmed it, I found myself jumping out of the car at night and running into the house. It makes you think, 'This is horrific, how someone's life can change in an instant.'

"It makes you realise how vulnerable you are every day.

"It will be upsetting for other people watching it and I hope I've done it justice because as an actor, you've got that responsibility," she said.

Red Rock airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm

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