Sunday 1 February 2015

'Amber' mum actress Eva Birthistle relieved she wasn't yet a mother when show aired

Published 20/03/2014 | 11:18

Eva Birthistle as mum Sarah in Amber
Eva Birthistle with Levi O’Sullivan, who plays Eamon Bailey, in Amber
Eva Birthistle as Sarah

Actress Eva Birthistle, who played a missing teenager girl’s mother in the RTE drama ‘Amber’, said she was relieved she wasn’t a mother at the time of the show’s airing.

The 40-year-old, who welcomed her first child since the programme aired, said she believed ‘Amber’ was difficult to watch.

“It was just so harrowing – if I had been [a mother], my performance might have been different, I don’t know,” she said.

“You could have drawn some different experiences from it, but I am sort of glad in a sense.

“I had to use other stuff to get into that emotional state, which was difficult enough as it was,” she added.

The conclusion of the four-part drama, in which teen Amber was never found nor any person suspected of her disappearance, caused a something of a sensation.

Eva said she thought the show had the potential to provoke, but didn’t anticipate the reaction it caused.

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Eva Birthistle and David Murray as Amber’s estranged parents Sarah and Ben Bailey

“I feel like it got people talking, which haven’t happened for a while with a drama,” she told Irish Tatler.

“It got a lot of attention and debate about it.

“I know a lot of people didn’t like the ending, but to have that amount of debate about it, I think, can only be a good thing,” she continued.

“It just means people cared, that they were invested.”

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