Monday 19 February 2018

'Underworked Fair City stars need second jobs despite €460 day shifts' - actress

Actors Don Baker, Aisling O'Neill and Karl Shiels in a scene from RTÉ soap opera 'Fair City'
Actors Don Baker, Aisling O'Neill and Karl Shiels in a scene from RTÉ soap opera 'Fair City'

It might be one of the most popular shows on Irish TV, but Caroline Grace Cassidy has said the cast of Fair City would need to find second jobs because they work so little.

The Herald previously reported how the stars of the long-running soap earn an impressive €459 for a day's work on the show.

However Caroline, who starred as Aoife Coleman on the series for three years, has revealed the actors only work four or five months a year.

"The thing about the Fair City actors is that they work so little," she told the Diary. "If you take most of the leads on Fair City, they're probably only in work for four months out of the whole year."

The actress reckons some of the cast would need to get on the hunt for a second job once filming wraps up.

"People are always very surprised, but 20-25 weeks is the longest contract that they get. They film it in such a way that they're in for those weeks.

"For the smaller ones, you'd really need a second job. You would," she said.

Caroline has since moved on from the series and has written several best- selling novels including her latest book, The Week I Ruined My Life.

The Dubliner reckons TV3's rival soap Red Rock has been leaps ahead of Carrigstown in terms of quality lately.

"I watch it and I love it. I make sure I tune in. 100pc it's giving Fair City a run for it's money," she said.

"The production, the pricing, everything. You turn it on and it could be a BBC show.

"You can see the difference. It's going to get bigger and bigger."

Caroline has written a book every year since she started writing and admitted that it can be hard to churn them out.

"When you're forced to write, it's very difficult."

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