THE new madam of Love/Hate spent time trawling escort sites in preparation for her steamy role on the smash hit crime drama.
Dublin actress Mary Murray opened the fourth series of the RTE show with a bang last week when her character Janet enjoyed a risque massage scene with gang kingpin Nidge, played by actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.
She is the madam of the grimy city centre brothel, run by Nidge, but it is not just his financial needs that Janet has been looking after and the pair's relationship is set to develop over the season.
“I didn't go into a brothel, but I did research online to see what kind of things were on offer in an escort agency,” Mary told the Herald.
And the 34-year-old was “horrified” by what she saw.
“I wanted to get an idea of the going rate and it was shocking to see what was on offer. Some of the words and phrases on the sites were stuff that you would think would belong in a beauty salon.
“You realise then that it really is a horrible existence,” she added.
After making her entrance in season three, Mary said that her character will play a central role this season as Nidge's twisted world continues to spiral out of control.
“I'm not sure that Nidge has come across anybody who has been his match so far, but hecertainly does with Janet,” she said.
“Obviously Trish fulfils a lot of his needs, but he lives in a world where he has to keep a lot of secrets so he enjoys having someone to confide in.”
Mary made an impact on the award-winning show before she even got a part. It is certainly a case of love-hate for Mary as her brothers, Jim and Patrick ‘Patzer’ Murray, enjoyed roles as IRA thugs
and the brothers of Lizzie last season.
“They were looking to cast two brothers and I suggested Jim and Patzer among a few other people,” explained Mary.
“It was only later when I found out that they had a sister I was saying why didn't they cast me, but it worked out really well for all of us.”
Next up, Mary will star in a one woman show, No Smoke Without Fire in the Viking Theatre, in which she is making use of another Love/Hate connection.
The show is being directed by writer and actor Jimmy Smallhorne, who played evil IRA leader Git in series three of Love/Hate.
Season four of Love/Hate continues this Sunday on RTE1 from 9.30pm.