Thursday 24 August 2017

'We should all look at our booze habits', says Can't Cope Won't Cope's Seana Kerslake

Nika McGuigan and Seana Kerslake in Can't Cope Won't Cope. Pic: RTE
Nika McGuigan and Seana Kerslake in Can't Cope Won't Cope. Pic: RTE
Nika McGuigan and Seana Kerslake in Can't Cope Won't Cope. Pic: RTE
(L to R) Seana Kerslake and Nika McGuigan in RTE Two dramedy Can't Cope Won't Cope
Seana Kerslake in Dun Laoghaire for Weekend Magazine. Picture: Fran Veale

Sean O'Grady

She plays wild child Aisling on RTE’s new series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, and Seana Kerslake has admitted she’s not shy about filming her character’s risque sex scenes.

The Tallaght woman is one of Ireland’s most prominent up-and-coming actresses after landing a lead role in the comedy-drama series that has been likened to an Irish version of Girls.

Nika McGuigan and Seana Kerslake in Can't Cope Won't Cope. Pic: RTE
Nika McGuigan and Seana Kerslake in Can't Cope Won't Cope. Pic: RTE

Seana (25) was thrown in at the deep end on the debut episode of the show, which saw her character go home with a guy she met in Copper Face Jacks.

“It’s the type of scene that does not have to be very sensual. It’s meant to be awkward.

“There’s people just around the corner looking at monitors there – they are quite good at making it a closed set. It’s all in a day’s work,” she told the Diary.

Read more: Toilet chats, vodka shots and the Irish dream on Can't Cope, Won't Cope

Seana Kerslake in Dun Laoghaire for Weekend Magazine. Picture: Fran Veale
Seana Kerslake in Dun Laoghaire for Weekend Magazine. Picture: Fran Veale

“We were kind of making light of awkward situations.”

The actress is in a relationship with actor Stephen Jones. The pair starred together in the play From Eden and Seana recently turned out at the Olympia Theatre to support her beau in his performance of Signatories, a play written by several graduates of UCD.

Stephen has also appeared on the small screen including roles in Red Rock, Love/Hate and Ripper Street.

The actress has been thrilled with the reaction she has gotten from viewers online.

Seana Kerslake
Seana Kerslake
(L to R) Seana Kerslake and Nika McGuigan in RTE Two dramedy Can't Cope Won't Cope

“Four episodes down and two to go. It’s all going good. I haven’t been here for it, I was away at Irish Screen America with Can’t Cope Won’t Cope,” she said.

Read more: Can't Cope Won't Cope: Will Aisling’s drinking problem become a hangover for viewers?

“We were over in New York and LA. We were away but we had a good response for the first few episodes I was here for.

“I haven’t been on the streets for the response but I’ve seen it online.”

Seana’s character Aisling has received flack from viewers from her excessive drinking, but the Dubliner reckons this is a good thing as it may force people to look at their own drinking habits.

“I think Aisling is a complicated one because she’s not always extremely likeable and she does rely on alcohol a lot.

“People are asking these questions and they should be asking these questions.

“It’s the type of TV that could make you question your choices or look at your lifestyle and that’s not a bad thing.

“It means the show is doing what you want it to do,” she said.

While she’s thrilled with the reception the show has received, Seana is unsure whether another series of the show is in the pipeline.

“I have no idea what is happening. I don’t even know if a second season is written, I have not been told as of yet,” she said.

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