Irish actress Sarah Greene has opened up about the scrutiny she experience during her split with former boyfriend of five years Aidan Turner.
Greene (31), who recently starred in Rebellion and Turner (33), who shot to fame as the titular star of BBC's Poldark began dating in 2010 before parting ways in 2015 and were characteristically low-key throughout their relationship, making only a handful of public appearances together. T
They've kept to their ways, choosing against trashing each other in a war of words after their break-up. But Greene said the most frustrating part was misinformation being spread about their relationship.
"No one likes that scrutiny or people thinking they know something about you and they're just guessing - you know, reading a 'source says' and taking that as verbatim. I just ignore it now though and I did at the time as well," she tells the April issue of Image Magazine.
"At first it got to me and then it was like, 'you know what? People can say whatever they want, people are always going to say whatever they want.
"My mates and my family know who I am and that's all I really care about. Making my parents proud and happy."
She did say she would be reluctant to date another actor, adding: "I'm not on the lookout right now so I haven't really thought about it. If I meet someone nice, great, but I'm very happy on my tod."
Similarly Turner, who is reportedly dating advertising executive Tara Derakshan, said last year he also would prefer not to date a fellow actor, saying the relationship can be clouded with industry talk and overshadow the "real things".
Meanwhile, Sarah, who lives in London with former Love/Hate stars Ruth Bradley and Charlie Murphy, heralded a new golden era of opportunities for Irish actresses, crediting Saoirse Ronan and Ruth Negga for paving the way.
"It's a really exciting time for Irish actresses and actually women from all different parts of this creative industry. It's opening up more and more. It was kind of Saoirse Ronan who really paved the way - she's the youngest of us all, but she did. She paved the way and opened doors for all of us. We're all rising on her coat-tails and I'd take any job she doesn't want to do."