Saturday 24 March 2018

'Ruth O'Neill and I stick together on set of Xpose' - fellow newbie Cassie Stokes

Ruth O'Neill with fellow presenters Lisa Cannon and Cassie Stokes when she was unveiled as the new face of Xposé.
Ruth O'Neill with fellow presenters Lisa Cannon and Cassie Stokes when she was unveiled as the new face of Xposé.

Sean O'Grady

They are the new kids on the block around the Ballymount studios and Cassie Stokes and Ruth O'Neill have been sticking together on the set of Xpose.

The two beauties are recent additions to the TV3 series after anchors Karen Koster and Aisling O'Loughlin went on their respective maternity leaves.

Having joined the show mere weeks apart, Dublin native Cassie revealed the pair have been each other's rock on set.

"We have been sticking together. We are both new," she told the Diary.

"We both just came back from living in North America which is also really nice. A lot of people moved away, they gained the experience and now they're coming back."

The 28-year-old was previously a cyber reporter for 3e's FYI show from 2010 to 2013 before she left Ireland for Canada.

Dundrum native Cassie landed a coveted gig as guest co-host for ET Canada, interviewing some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Meanwhile, fellow Dubliner Ruth previously made it to the top 10 on reality show Total Xposure in search of a new Xpose host, before working for E! News in Los Angeles.

"It's nice to see how Ireland has changed. It seems that we're coming back at a great time when everything's buzzing," Cassie said. "It's lovely to have a newbie with me."

Although she misses her old home in Canada, the TV star said she made the right decision in returning to Irish shores.

"I do miss Canada. I lived there for three-and-a-half years but I'm so happy here. I'm in love with Dublin and I'm enjoying every second of it. Being Irish, we always want to come back in the end, we just need a good reason for it. I was talking to Ruth yesterday and she was saying how it's such an amazing opportunity for her."

Castleknock native Ruth previously admitted she reckons if her parents had known anything about LA, they wouldn't have let her go.

"I think you need that young fearlessness. My parents say, 'If we had known half the things about LA, about the way it is, we wouldn't have allowed you to go'."

With both girls used to mingling with Hollywood's finest, Cassie revealed it was Tom Hanks who left the greatest impression on her.

"Tom Hanks was definitely my favourite. He lived up to every expectation," she said.

"I had one question with him and that was it so I was like, 'Tom, why do you love Irish people?'

"And he went on this whole rant about how it was an Irish man who got him into acting in the first place. He was so lovely," she said.


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