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Friday 17 November 2017

Film character 'Duffy as a girl'

Duffy arrives at the UK premiere of Patagonia
Duffy arrives at the UK premiere of Patagonia

Duffy has told how she based her character in new film Patagonia on her own experiences as a "mischievous teenager".

The Mercy singer - who makes her acting debut in the film as an aspiring singer living in a caravan in North Wales who strikes up a romance with a young boy visiting from Patagonia - attended the premiere at London's Odeon cinema in Covent Garden.

Duffy revealed: "I based her on who I used to be - this girl who was a bit of a misfit, didn't fit into the small town, who used to long for the big smoke. So it was nice to go back and be captured that way."

She went on: "I don't know if it felt like acting really.

"I heard a really great bit of advice once - the way to be a good actor is to not act. It just felt like being... I was just existing on screen, rather than having to pretend. There was no pretence really."

Duffy insisted that even filming love scenes with co-star Nahuel Perez Biscayart were not too much of a challenge.

She said: "I just had to try to imagine what it would be like, go back into being this love-sick teenager.

"They weren't too difficult really, I didn't really feel out of my depth, it all felt quite comfortable, quite safe."

She laughed: "No nudity though, so that was OK."

The film is directed by Marc Evans and also stars Brother And Sisters actor Matthew Rhys and Evans' wife Nia Roberts.

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