NEW mum Eva Birthistle has revealed she was grateful she had no children when she filmed the controversial TV programme Amber.
The actress, from Bray, played the role of a stricken mum in the gritty drama series about the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl.
Eva (40) , who has since had a son, said if she had children at the time, it may have changed how she approached the tough storyline.
"It was so harrowing," she added. "If I had been (a mother), my performance might have been different. You could have drawn different experiences from it, but I'm glad in a sense.
"I had to use other stuff to get into that emotional state, which was difficult enough as it was."
Eva gave birth to her son Jesse at the same time as the series aired in January, but long after she filmed her emotional scenes over three months in 2011.
"All my scenes required me to be in a very emotional state," she said. "It takes its toll after a while."
The actress, said it was the right moment for her and her husband Raife Burchell to have a child.
"I'm glad I waited," she added. "I'm the kind of person who needed all that living and being independent so that I felt like, 'Okay, I'm ready now to leave that behind'. The only thing I'm thinking about is, how will I navigate it when I go back to work?"
Birthistle will return in the autumn in Deirdre O'Kane's Noble.