Tuesday 21 November 2017

'We wanted new faces and not the same few actors that had been around RTE' - Can't Cope, Won't Cope creator

Nika McGuigan and Seana Kerslake in Can't Cope Won't Cope. Pic: RTE
Nika McGuigan and Seana Kerslake in Can't Cope Won't Cope. Pic: RTE
Can't Cope Won't Cope got better as it went on

Sean O'Grady

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope creator Stefanie Preissner has revealed she deliberately wanted unknown actors to star in the series.

The comedy-drama starred Seana Kerslake and Nika McGuigan as two twentysomethings living in Dublin who were reluctant to leave their college days behind them.

“We were very adamant that we wanted new faces for the show and not the same few actors that had been around RTE at the time,” she said.

“It’s scary because we were looking for two unknown actors to carry the series by themselves.

Can't cope won't cope: Stefanie Preissner
Can't cope won't cope: Stefanie Preissner

“I wasn’t involved in the casting but the production ...did a fabulous job of finding the girls as you can see from the show.”

The series has now been picked up by BBC Three and Stefanie admitted she is “anxious” about how it will be received.

“I don’t really know what to expect. It’s really cool to have the show on BBC and I’m very excited to bring the characters to a British audience and into another territory, but it’s one of those things that you kind of feel, ‘Oh my God how’s this going to go?’.

“I’m always a little bit anxious at the start of something just to see how people will respond to it,” she told the Irish Film and Television Network.

The writer does not believe the show’s distinctly Irish sensibility will hinder its chances of success abroad.

“I anticipate that it will go fairly well because they are Irish girls and, yes, it’s a response to something Irish, but I think at the end of the day they are just normal girls and all the incidents relate to their characters,” she said.

“I can only imagine that parts of England, like the rest of the world, will also have a similar outrageous bar like Coppers that people go to and call home.

“I think ‘going out’ is a generational thing rather than a gender thing. I have a lot of male friends who really identified with Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope.”


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