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Model Susan sheds the glam to play Love/Hate druggie

Irish Next Top Model finalist Susan Loughnane will shed her glamorous image to play a drug abuser on the new series of RTE's Love/Hate.

And in a throwback to her modelling days, she'll also be stripping off for the small screens as she gets to grip with her new role as a leading lady named Debbie.

"I had to do nude scenes -- you get to see my bum all the time!" she told the Herald.



JACKPOT

The stunning redhead (23), who was eliminated in the early stages of last year's Britain's Next Top Model, explained how she played the love interest of top actor Aidan Gillen, right, after landing the coveted role. She trained at New York's prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute and cited acting as her first passion.

"I just hit the jackpot with the role, I play a heroin addict and I had an absolute ball working on the series with such talented people like Aidan.

"There were days when I came home in bits, it was just emotionally exhausted but brilliant. I was so lucky to get the part and really want people to see what I've done on the programme," she explained.

"RTE were fantastic, they always made sure I was covered up between scenes so thank God they were being so prudish. But I didn't really mind showing my bum."

Viewers will have to wait until November to see Susan in action in the second series of the programme,

However, the Malahide native revealed that she has also continued modelling and described appearing on Elle Macpherson's hit show as a brilliant platform for her and has continued working in the industry.

On the books of Morgan the Agency, she is doing a photocall with celebrity snapper Barry McCall tomorrow and said she was "thrilled" to be working with him.

She has also been glued to the new series of Next Top Model -- but said she was hugely relieved that she was watching from the comfort of the couch this time around.



EPISODE

This year's show has lots of new twists, with last Monday's show seeing them having to name which girl they thought most likely to be eliminated.

"They seem to be really trying to stir things up this year. I couldn't have done it again. Myself and my mum were watching the first episode and we were both like 'ah the poor girls.' I'm loving it as a viewer but it seems much harder this year, much more cruel. I feel so sorry for all the girls," she continued.

mfinn@herald.ie


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