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Love/Hate's Ruth Bradley opens up on the strange world of acting and how 'beer and crisps' helped her win a role

Published 18/03/2016 | 13:18

Bright acting star: actress Ruth Bradley, Photo: Damien Eagers
Bright acting star: actress Ruth Bradley, Photo: Damien Eagers
Acting dynasty: Ruth Bradley is following in the footsteps of her mother. Photo: Damien Eagers.
Rebellion: Charlie Murphy as Elizabeth, Ruth Bradley as Frances and Sarah Greene as May Photo: Patrick Redmond
Ruth Bradley as 'Grainne'. Photo: TV3
Ruth as Mary with Robert Sheehan as Darren in Love/Hate.

Love/Hate star Ruth Bradley said she once gained three-and-a-half stone for a role by drinking beer and eating crisps.

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Ruth said she has no problem taking a leaf out of Renee Zellweger's book - who famously bulked up for Bridget Jones- and piling on the pounds for a part.

"I did a film a few years ago where I gained a lot of weight for it. I was happy to do that because it was called for in the script," said the Clontarf native (29).

She also had to strip off during the movie, titled In Her Skin, and said that she barely recognised herself by the time filming ended.

Ruth as Mary with Robert Sheehan as Darren in Love/Hate.
Ruth as Mary with Robert Sheehan as Darren in Love/Hate.

Based on a true story and set in Australia it co-starred Guy Pearce. Ruth played a disturbed woman who murders her childhood friend.

Ruth gained the weight over five months by drinking beer, protein shakes and eating lots of potato crisps.

Rebellion: Charlie Murphy as Elizabeth, Ruth Bradley as Frances and Sarah Greene as May Photo: Patrick Redmond
Rebellion: Charlie Murphy as Elizabeth, Ruth Bradley as Frances and Sarah Greene as May Photo: Patrick Redmond

"I put on three-and-a-half stone, it's hard to do actually because you naturally get to a certain size," she said.

"It was down to focus, concentration and eating all day. It was good for about five days and then you know that's all you're doing, eating all day.

Ruth Bradley as 'Grainne'. Photo: TV3
Ruth Bradley as 'Grainne'. Photo: TV3

"I remember the day after the wrap party, I looked in the mirror and was like 'What has happened here?'"

Ruth - who recently hit the headlines thanks to her lesbian kiss in RTE's historical drama Rebellion - said she had no problem tackling more risque scenes, if the role required it.

"I wouldn't do really gratuitous nudity. When I was in my late teens, you'd read stuff and be like: 'That character serves no purpose except being naked', so that would not be something I'd want to do. It's pointless for me," she said.

The actress dyed her hair blonde for her role in TV3's new movie Pursuit, which airs this Sunday, but said she prefers being a natural brunette.

Telling the story of love and betrayal in the criminal underworld, it co-stars Liam Cunningham, Barry Ward and Brendan Gleeson.

Ruth -who has been based in London for the past 11 years - recently landed a leading role in The Fall, and was also in hit sci-fi series Humans.

But she said that she struggles with the fame aspect of the acting world and still finds it strange.

"It strikes me as odd, because your job is to become something else - so people don't know who you are. So it is kind of part of the job, but it's a weird part," she said.

"There are things that you have to do, the whole promotional side, but you have to individually decide what you're comfortable doing."

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