Tuesday 20 March 2018

Eva Birthistle: 'I cried every day while filming new RTE show Amber'

Amber star Eva Birthistle who stars as Sarah, Amber's mother in the new RTE show.
Amber star Eva Birthistle who stars as Sarah, Amber's mother in the new RTE show.

Actress Eva Birthistle has revealed that she cried every day while filming RTE's new drama mini-series Amber.

Birthistle plays the part of the mother of a missing teenager in the show, and she has said she was "emotionally spent" after filming.

The 40 year-old has also revealed she's glad that she filmed the programme before she had her first child.

"The story starts from Amber's disappearance and then this horrendous journey that they have to go on trying to find out what's happened to her and dealing with such a horrific thing. It required a lot and that can take its toll after a while."

"I think we had about a 10-week shoot and I was a bit of a wreck by the end of it. I was emotionally spent."

"I wouldn't have been able to cry another tear - it just wouldn't have happened. But with a great script and great actors around you, there is also a sense of responsiblity about telling a story like this as there could be people watching who have been through this."

Eva recently gave birth to a baby boy and she has decided to take some time out from acting because she's fallen in love with her son.

"He's brilliant - a lovely, lovely thing. It's all very new and a bit overwhelming but amazing as well."

"I'm going to play it by ear. I'll probably start back doing something in the springtime."

The star told TV Now how she's delighted that Amber is finally getting screened, two years after it was shot.

"It's a gripping and well crafted script," she said.

"It's quite complicated how it spans over a period of time during this search for Amber, and how they tell the story from four different perspectives."

She explained: "The police have to look at every conceiveable angle and you hear that poeple who are close to the family could be involved. So in our story the finger gets pointed at Ben [Sarah's husband] for a while."

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