Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Anyone who takes a reality show seriously needs to take a look at themselves!' - Nicola Hughes on RTE series Exiles

Elaine McCahill

Irish Made in Chelsea cast member Nicola Hughes has said that viewers should not take her new reality show, Exiles, for RTE too seriously.

The show, which starts tonight with a double episode at 9pm, follows six young Irish people as they try to make it in their chosen careers in Vancouver.

The cast includes Hughes (25) who hopes to make it as a presenter, stylist Sean McConnon (21), wannabe photographer Jade Stone (25), aspiring musician India Dawson (21), opera singer George Hutton (27), self-proclaimed hipster Dylan Townsend (30) and film composer Dean Rossiter.

Asked if she's prepared for reaction to the show, Nicola said, "I don't think any of us should take ourselves too seriously.  Anyone who takes a reality TV show seriously needs to look at themselves very seriously!"

Nicola, who was recently seen in verbal fisticuffs with a love rival on Made in Chelsea, revealed that the series will feature plenty of drama.

"There's definitely a lot of fighting and a lot of ups and downs but I feel like we both learned so much, all of us.  We went over there to follow our drams and follow our goals and we did that.

"It was tough.  Everyone thought it was really nice, we were brought to Canada, and it was amazing, but we had to work and we were thrown in at the deep end and had to make it work and we did."

Nicola said she thinks it's "fun" the way they all clash on the show, although she added, "At the time we didn't think it was fun but looking back now I think it's hilarious!"

Fellow castmate Sean McCannon added, "People think we got flown over to Canada and had everything arranged for us but once we got there we had to sort out everything ourselves. We might have been staying in a €6m house but we had to organise everything ourselves.”

He's not worried what people think of him on the show.

"For me it took a long time to get to the place I am with myself and that may not be Ireland's cup of tea but for me it's okay as I'm happy in how I am and I don't care what anyone thinks about me."

Exiles starts tomorrow night, Thursday May 28 at 9pm on RTE2.

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