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Actress got advice from crisis centre before rape episode

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 27/11/2012 | 05:00

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'LOVE/Hate' actress Charlie Murphy has revealed she sought advice from the Rape Crisis Centre before filming a controversial rape scene in the gangland RTE show.

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Over 650,000 viewers tuned in to watch the hour-long episode on November 11, in which her character Siobhan, girlfriend of gangland member Tommy, was brutally assaulted by an IRA member played by actor Jimmy Smallhorne.

RTE had warned viewers of its violent content before it was aired but received 17 complaints from viewers over the graphic scenes, which resulted in a sharp spike in the number of calls to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

But speaking to the 'RTE Guide', Waterford actress Murphy said she met with representatives from the centre prior to filming and had the full support of the other cast and crew to shoot her harrowing scenes.

"I was looked after while we were filming it.

Even before that, I had a meeting with the Rape Crisis Centre, they were phenomenal, really amazing. It was very conversational, very human what we talked about. Everyone on board made sure it was done well. It's such a heavy subject matter that you don't want to go and just do it like it's another day's work. It has an effect on people who are watching." Actress Eve Macklin, who plays Georgia in the crime show, girlfriend of gangster Dano, praised the performance of her fellow cast member.

"She is outstanding. I know her so well and I know its fiction and everything but you can't help get wrapped up in it all," the latest addition to the show's cast said describing the 'Love /Hate' production as a "well-oiled machine".

"It's such a joy to be on set where everyone is so chilled. It's such a joy to be in an environment where there is no attitude, there are no egos. The actors have the easiest job, the crews are so unbelievable. I am just so lucky," she said.

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