What would Nidge say? The 'Love/Hate' ladies like you've never seen them before
The ‘Love/Hate’ lifestyle is miles away from their own, but actress Aoibhinn McGinnity says she has never met any real life gangster’s molls to research her character.
The actress, who plays gang leader Nidge’s wife, said she wanted to meet up with real people living in that situation at the beginning of the TV series, but says it “wasn’t as simple as that”.
“I used to want to [meet with real life people to research the role], but it wasn’t as simple as that,” she said.
“And I got some advice, this was around series three, and it was kind of like, ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, just keep doing what you’re doing’”.
Proof that ‘Love/Hate’ is in a different realm to the actors’ real lives is that Aoibhinn describes Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, the man behind Nidge, as a “gentleman”.
Speaking to VIP magazine, the Monaghan woman said she never expected the hit RTE show’s success but feels it’s important to stay grounded.
“It’s a bit surreal. And amazing!,” the 28-year-old said.
“But it’s all about keeping the head down. You can’t be getting floaty with this kind of stuff because it won’t do you any favours.”
Fellow ‘Love/Hate’ star Caoilfhionn Dunne (who plays Lizzie, the woman responsible for killing Darren) said she thinks the other girls get a hard deal in the show.
“Some of them are dismissed as just being wives and girlfriends,” she said.
“And I think that’s a little too easy, because they’re all fantastically complex women.
“But Lizzie is different to them in that she’s not married to it,” the 29-year-old continued.
“She found herself, due to the circumstances and consequences of one evening that she spent with Darren, sucked into it”.
Caoilfhionn says she “shakes off” Lizzie’s intense character fairly easily after shooting scenes.
“That’s something you learn over the years in this job,” she said.
“You can’t really take it home with you, you’d go a little mad.
“And the crew are great. They make it easy for you to get back to yourself,” she continued.
“You go into the makeup trailer to get your makeup or your wig off and you just kind of let it go. It’s like a debriefing.”
For Lynn Rafferty (who plays Nadine, the girlfriend of gang member Ado), the life of ‘Love/Hate’ doesn’t seem as far away as it does for the other two girls.
The north-sider said she feels she has come across a lot of the characters in her lifetime.
“It’s very real to Dublin and there a lot of characters I would have come across in my lifetime. The good and the bad,” she said.
“My dad, Mick Rafferty, is a big community activist.
“He’s famous in the inner city. He worked alongside politician Tony Gregory on the anti-drugs campaign, so it’s something I always knew about as a child; heroin,” she added.
“My dad always made sure I met people who suffered from heroin abuse so I’d always know to stay away from it,” the 29-year-old said.
Lynn, who divides her time between Dublin and Toronto where her partner is from, said she will probably return to Canada in January but will see what her career will offer first.
“I’d like to end up in Dublin,” she said, “I’m hoping things will take off for me here after this.”
The full interview can be read in this month's VIP magazine. The 'Love/Hate' season finale is on Sunday, 9:30pm on RTE One.