Wednesday 18 October 2017

'I feared viewers' reactions to horrid Heather' admits Fair City star Una Kavanagh

Fair City - Shane gives into his passion L-R Heather - Una Kavanagh
Shane - Anthony Delaney
Fair City - Shane gives into his passion L-R Heather - Una Kavanagh Shane - Anthony Delaney
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The actress who plays Fair City mum Heather has said she was worried about the reaction her villainous role would elicit from the public.

Viewers have been left shocked by the most recent storyline, which sees Heather drugging her own young daughter, Ellie.

Una Kavanagh said she has been getting a “really interesting reaction” from viewers.

“I was nervous, maybe about the way the public might react to me, but, to be honest, it’s fine. Basically, they’re engaging with the storyline,” she said.

Fair City's Heather drugs her daughter Eleanor
Fair City's Heather drugs her daughter Eleanor

“I get it. It goes out four times a week into people’s living rooms.

“Let them shout at her. I’d want to shout at her. You just go, ‘Wow, she got away with it again’ or ‘She didn’t just say that’.

“It makes her a very, very interesting, compelling, totally flawed human being and it’s my job to humanise her.”

She told that she was a “wonderful” character to play as she was so complicated as a person.

“Heather is a complex, strong, independent, contemporary creative.

“She has arrived back in Carrigstown after six years with an extraordinary split and something has cracked inside her and we don’t know what that is,” she said.

“She has created these lies, this way of being, of behaving, and goes from super-charming to vile to aggressive.

“Her daughter, Ellie, who she absolutely loves and cherishes, is the only one true, pure thing in her life, which is why it’s so sad that she’s the one person that she really badly hurts.”


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