Saturday 16 December 2017

Love/Hate star Susan Loughnane braced for UK mania

Susan Loughnane
Susan Loughnane

KIRSTY BLAKE KNOX

ACTRESS Susan Loughnane is relishing her last days of anonymity before Love/Hate fever hits London.

The award-winning drama debuted on Channel 5 last week and Susan (26) believes it's only a matter of time before East End natives start using the 'Coolaboola' catchphrase.

"I'm sure the UK will like it," she said. "But to be honest, I was enjoying not getting recognised in London and the anonymity of it all.

"I'm not in the first season, so I have a few more months where I can fall asleep on buses, and trip over in the street, without people saying 'Ah, look, it's your one from Love/Hate'."

Susan, who is judging this year's RDS Ladies Day, said that she's often approached by hard-core Love/Hate fans when she's back in Dublin.

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"It starts at Heathrow and then it just progresses," she explains.

"A women gave me a hug in a supermarket once. It was after John Boy beat me up on the show and I think she felt sorry for me.

"She was lovely and a really nice hugger.

"Another time, a guy from Bahrain told me he was learning English by watching loads of Love/Hate episodes.

"Then he said 'Coolaboola' and 'gee-bag' and I thought 'I'm not sure Love/Hate is the best place to get English lessons'."

Enthusiastic fans may be one thing, but the IFTA-winning actress was horrified when automatic search engines started suggesting she embark on a career as a high-class escort.

"I was googling prostitution for the show, then all these ads started popping up on social networking sites saying 'Are you looking to become an escort?'

"I was horrified."

Susan is gearing up for the highly anticipated upcoming series of Love/Hate and says it will challenge viewers.

"I think this year it will challenge the audience -- and it challenged the actors."

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