Love/Hate actress Mary Murray said she knew her character Janet’s demise was ‘imminent’, but was delighted she made it to the last episode of the fifth season.
Mary Murray became the latest character in the hit TV series to bow out after a violent on-screen death in the fifth season finale.
“I knew Janet's demise was imminent,” Murray said.
“My agent mentioned it to me earlier. I didn't know exactly where in the series this would occur as scripts hadn't been released at that stage, so I was glad when Janet made it to the last episode at least.”
Murray said the description of her death on writer Stuart Carolan’s script was ‘horrific’ and she knew it would make as big an impact to the audience as her elaborate makeup did to her fellow actors.
“[The makeup for the scene] was a big operation,” Murray said.
“Every now and again a cast or crew member would enter the truck and get the fright of their lives.
“On one of the test days Tom Vaughan Lawlor decided to come to set with his gorgeous little boy Freddie to say hello to everyone,” she continued.
“I turned my head away to avoid looking at him because I knew I would have terrified him if he saw me as I was.”
Mary Murray is set to tread the boards in Dublin in a one-woman show called ‘No Smoke Without Fire’ next week, but said she will miss playing the ‘tart with a heart’ Janet.
“I loved playing Janet,” she said.
“She was introduced as greedy and hard-nosed but as time went on we learnt that she would never have survived if she hadn't created this persona for herself.
“As she continued to witness Nidge's lack of empathy and willingness to get what he wanted by any means necessary she was wise enough to stay on his good side. She wasn't naive,” Murray continued.
“She knew the magic was gone but she had an agenda - to ensure her son had a better life. A warped way of thinking - imagining Nidge could be a good father figure to Aaron, but given the lifestyle she had grown accustomed to she thought this was one of her better decisions.”
Murray said she will miss watching ‘the very talented’ director David Caffrey at work, but hopes she will see the Love/Hate team on a different set in the future.
“There's so many names I'd love to mention from so many departments who ensured the ship sailed smoothly and I'll miss them all dearly,” she said.
“Hopefully I'll see them on another film set in the not too distant future. “It's a small country so it's very likely we'll cross paths again,” she added.