Tuesday 19 September 2017

'I want to get back into my box', says Fair City's Katy

Fair City Actor Amilia Stewart who plays Katy O Brien pictured on the Fair City Set at RTE Studios in Donnybrook ,Dublin.
Picture: Rte
Fair City Actor Amilia Stewart who plays Katy O Brien pictured on the Fair City Set at RTE Studios in Donnybrook ,Dublin. Picture: Rte
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

After 372 days of waiting, an online petition and a Mayo bus company offering to drive to Dublin to liberate her, Fair City's Katy will finally be set free from the clutches of crazy captor Ciaran.

While viewers are relieved, actress Amilia Stewart is already missing the not-so comfortable surroundings of the plywood box she had been held in for the past year.

"I actually really miss it," she told the Herald.

"I really, really miss doing the scenes in that box. The first week I got out and I was in the apartment [and filming] I found it so difficult to be working with other characters.

Fair City Actors -Amilia Stewart who plays Katy O Brien,Daithi MacSuibhne who plays Emmet Una Kavanagh who plays Heather Daly and Johnny Ward wh plays Ciaran Holloway pictured on the Fair City Set at RTE Studios in Donnybrook ,Dublin. Picture: Rte
Fair City Actors -Amilia Stewart who plays Katy O Brien,Daithi MacSuibhne who plays Emmet Una Kavanagh who plays Heather Daly and Johnny Ward wh plays Ciaran Holloway pictured on the Fair City Set at RTE Studios in Donnybrook ,Dublin. Picture: Rte

"I found it really difficult to jump back into that because I was so used to working only with Johnny [Ward]."

The story became the ultimate water-cooler conversation starter as viewers wondered just how long Ciaran could keep Katy captive.

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Amilia said she had no idea the storyline would play out for more than a year.

Fair City: Ciaran and Katy go on the run
Fair City: Ciaran and Katy go on the run

"We don't know - we get scripts ten days before," she says.  "I didn't know whether she was going to get out or if she was going to die in that box. But I like that because it means you can play it true."

However, she admits it was "draining" to film for so long in such a confined space.

"It was really draining, especially all those scenes in the same clothes, in that box."

She adds, "I kind of stopped wearing make-up [in her own life] because I was just so tired.  I stopped going to the gym because I didn't feel very 'Katy in the box' after Zumba so I just stopped going. You want to switch off so bopping around the Ed Sheeran is not ideal."

In preparation for the role, Amelia watched countless documentaries.

"I did a lot of research," she said. "As soon as I left last April, I started looking up and reading about hostage situations and kidnaps. I watched every Netflix documentary I could get my hands on."

In tonight's episode, Ciaran and Katy are still on the run but time is against them as an injured Ciaran continues to lose blood.

Several scenes in the episode have been shot on location in Dun Laoghaire. It is not the first time producers have filmed scenes off-site.

However, in a further plot twist, tonight's episode confirms that the fictional town of Carrigstown is on Dublin's South Side.

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Amilia said Fair City is one of the most enjoyable jobs she has had.

The Dubliner's full name is Amilia Clarke Stewart but she was forced to change it after several producers confused her with Game Of Thrones star Emelia Clarke.

"I left the Gaiety and the first thing I did was a play in the Fringe Festival.

"The playwright was excited to hear Emilia Clarke was reading the script but when I turned up and she realised I wasn't the Queen of the Dragons, she was upset. So I dropped it after that."

Herald

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