'I had messages from people whose sons went missing and were never found' - Fair City's Katy on 'important' storyline
The actress who plays Fair City's Katy has revealed that the parents of missing children and adults contacted her about her kidnap storyline.
Katy, played by Amilia Stuart Clarke, was kidnapped by Ciaran (played by Johnny Ward) over a year ago and Amilia filmed many scenes within the confines of a box.
She researched similar real life stories by watching documentaries and although she did not speak to anyone who had been through a kidnapping ordeal, she revealed that she was contacted by parents of children and adults who went missing.
"When [Katy] went missing and was in the room at the very start I had a lot of people mail me on social media saying, 'I had a son that went missing and I've never found him. I hope he has a life in Australia but I don't know where he is. Thank you for trying to play this as true as you see fit.'" she says.
"Or [they wrote], 'My son committed suicide but we never found him.' So many dark stories. I just thought this [storyline] does affect people. This is really important.
"Now hopefully those people aren't in a room somewhere but I think reality is so much scarier than soap. So to highlight this was a brave decision [by RTE] and I'm really, really happy I got the chance to do it."
However, the storyline proved a challenge for Amilia.
"It was really draining, especially all those scenes in the same clothes, in that box."
She adds, "I kind of stopped wearing make-up [in her own life] because I was just so tired. I stopped going to the gym because I didn't feel very 'Katy in the box' after Zumba so I just stopped going.
"You want to switch off so bopping around to Ed Sheeran is not ideal."