'Dublin's very lucky for me', says Love Island's Caroline Flack
Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has jetted into Dublin ahead of her Irish stage debut at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Crazy For You.
Caroline told the Herald of her happy memories of the capital, as she recalled a great night out in the iconic gay bar The George during a previous visit.
She said it was also a "lucky" place for her, as she filmed here for an ITV2 programme back in 2014 while her star was still on the rise.
"I filmed a TV pilot here, a show called Viral Tap, which got commissioned in the end so Dublin's a good, lucky place for me," said the 37-year-old.
"We had a good night out afterwards. I've got friends who live in Dublin, my stylist lives here, but I haven't spent enough time here.
"I just love Dublin and can't wait to do this show here, because I'm sure the Irish audience will love it.
"I remember going to a really great drag club in Dublin a while back. Maybe that is where I will take the crew of Crazy For You for a cultural experience."
The presenter, who previously won Strictly Come Dancing, also admitted to having a soft spot for the local talent.
"I would say that Irish blokes are very charming," she said. "I do like the Irish accent. I like the Northern Irish accent as well."
Caroline is following in the footsteps of her good pal Laura Whitmore, another TV presenter who branched out into live theatre performances.
Whitmore performed in the same theatre last April in Not Dead Enough and Caroline said they had been in touch about her stage stint, which starts next Tuesday and runs for a week.
"She's been giving me advice on places to stay," Caroline said.
"I'm like, 'Where should I stay in each city?'. She's like, 'There, there and there', and then I tell my co-star Tom Chambers."
The show sees Caroline take on the role of lovelorn Irene, who is in a long-term engagement to the lead character Bobby, played by Tom.
He decides to try and save an ailing theatre in Nevada after falling for the owner's daughter Polly, played by Charlotte Wakefield.
"All she wants is some commitment and he goes off and falls in love with the next girl he sees," said Caroline.
"That happens all the time with guys. They string you along for ages, and then he marries her after a week. I'm not surprised Irene's a bit angry."