Tuesday 13 November 2018

Charlie Murphy: I could have failed my audition for Love/Hate

Siobhan (Charlie Murphy)
Siobhan (Charlie Murphy)

Ken Sweeney

Love/Hate star Charlie Murphy has revealed how she would have 'fecked up' her audition for the series if she had known how it would change her life.

The 25-year-old wasn't long out of the Gaiety School of Acting when she found herself trying out for the role of Siobhan in the RTE series.

"Suddenly I got the call for Love/Hate. It was just a few lines but I was excited to be considered.

"Looking back now, I had no idea how big my part was going to be. It was probably just as well, because I might have fecked up the audition.

"But none of us assumed it would be this big. We knew as actors it was a brilliant script and we hoped people would enjoy it," she told the RTE Guide.

The Wexford actress admitted she didn't even have the full script of the first episode when she did her original audition.

"I just had my lines and I was thinking, 'God what's this all about?'" she said.

"When I got the part, I was thinking, that's brilliant. I'll get some more experience.

"I knew Tom (Vaughan-Lawlor) from the theatre world and I had worked before with Killian (Scott) but I wasn't thinking it would be a landmark TV show."

Since then she has gone from strength to strength with more TV roles in Channel 4's Misfits and BBC's Ripper Street and The Village.


Recently, she landed her first major movie role alongside True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, in Northmen: A Viking Saga.

But she said she still get the most reaction for playing Siobhan, who was raped in

the opening episode of the series last season.

"I've gotten reaction in Dublin, a wee bit, say when I'm home for Christmas," she added. "When I was running around, sweating, doing the Christmas shopping last year, people were coming up to me and saying, 'are you OK now'.

"The response has been lovely and supportive."

But she has yet to find out how the public will feel if her character cracks under pressure from Det Moynihan (played by actor Brian F O'Byrne) to "fess up names" who were with her partner Tommy in a tiger-kidnapping.

(The Herald)

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