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New love interest keeps series RAW, says Reid

THE new series of RAW won't disappoint fans, actor Paul Reid has promised.

Paul told the Herald the second series of the hit show, which returned to our screens last night, will be just as fast-paced and original as the first.

Reid joins the cast as Charlene McKenna's character JoJo's new love interest and he admits there was "chemistry" between the pair. He admitted that JoJo will be a lot quieter than the vodka-drinking, drug-taking, sometime lesbian that McKenna portrayed so well in the first series.

"There was some chemistry between us, I've known Charlene for years," Paul told the Herald.

"We got on really, really well. She's a great friend and we've been out with friends in London since I moved over there," he added.

Paul, who is originally from Portmarnock, plays a bank official who has lost his job and blags his way into a job as a waiter in the restaurant where he catches the eye of JoJo.

Reid has grown accustomed to theatre work but has starred on the screen previously in RTE's comic-drama Love Is The Drug and he also starred alongside Samantha Mumba in Ireland's first zombie flick Boy Eats Girl.

This is his most high-profile assignment to date and he has enjoyed every moment of it, including destroying some extras by letting food fall on them.

"I was always dropping food and at one stage I let a tray slip and ruined some of the extras. I was so embarrassed," he said.

"We had very long days on set and the extras were so professional, they had to sit in front of the most exquisite food and they couldn't touch a thing." Paul was not the only addition to the cast as The Clinic star Aisling O'Sullivan joins the crew and she made a huge impression on Reid, as did the rest of the international cast.

"To be honest, I was a bit nervous joining an established cast but they were true professionals, Aisling is a magnificent actress and it was brilliant to work alongside such an international cast."

The new series begins as 18 months have passed and Dublin's RAW restaurant has been forced to shut.

Pat Stacey's verdict, page 42