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Derry Girls’ Siobhán McSweeney took time on Friday’s Late Late Show to pay tribute to how her co-stars looked after her following the death of her father, describing them as “just gorgeous”.
Derry Girls‘ Siobhán McSweeney took time on Friday’s Late Late Show to pay tribute to how her co-stars looked after her following the death of her father, describing them as “just gorgeous”.
The Cork actress, who plays Sister Michael on the hit Channel 4 show, told host Ryan Tubridy how the cast and crew of the series threw their arms around her during her father’s illness and when he passed away.
“Awful things happen,” she said. “And I’ve had a litany – as everybody does – in the last while, just a run of things.
“But a really beautiful upside of all these dreadful things is that people are so kind to you.”
“Dad died during the filming of the second series and I’m sure you know, but Derry and Cork couldn’t be further apart,” McSweeney continued. “It’s a long old drive and there are no flights.
“Dad was in the hospice in Cork and I was filming in Derry and Belfast and trying to get between the two. Despite the best, the best, wonderful intentions of the production company, there was a lot of practical stuff you couldn’t really [plan for].”
“After Dad died it was my first time going back to Belfast,” she recounted. “I was going back into the apartment. I was broken-hearted, I was scalded, I was not good at all. You know, you have your little wheelie suitcase and I thought, ‘I don’t even have a bottle of milk for a cup of tea’. You know when you just want a cup of tea and [to] go to bed? I was like, ‘I can’t face it. I can’t face it’. And I just thought, ‘Oh, sure I don’t even have the heating on or anything’.
She needn’t have worried.
“I walked in and the flat… It was like a Disney film. The heating was on; there were those cosy socks, slippers. Basically, the girls – and by the girls I also include Dylan [Llewellyn] who plays James – they’re the girls – got the key to my flat and filled the flat, filled the fridge with wine, tea, milk, microwave meals, fruit, veg. Loads of wine, thank God! They know me well! Loads of teabags; they had the heating on.”
“They’re extraordinary people,” she said. “But it’s indicative of the whole production, really. People worked so hard to make sure I had a lot of time with Dad. They did it gently, not looking for thanks.
“There’s still stuff I don’t know that it’s only seeping through, but I’m very grateful for them. I wish I had something funny or quippy to say about it, but it’s true: they’re just gorgeous.”
McSweeney is currently staying with friends after an electrical fire in her flat in London, which was caused by a double adapter.
“I had one by my bedside, bedside locker,” she explained. “Apparently, they’re dreadful. And if they fall out by more than 1.2mm, which is nothing, it creates an electrical arc, which can spark. And it did. It started smouldering. My bed was next to my bedside locker, obviously, and it started smouldering on my mattress, which released toxic fumes. Thankfully, I was at a dreadful play, so I’m not dead! So bad theatre saves lives!”
McSweeney said there was “an awful lot of damage”.
“I’m still out of the flat. I’m relying on my friends. The flat was destroyed. Because not only was it the fumes from the fire itself, it’s [also] the smoke damage. Everything was ruined, unfortunately.”
She now intends to work with a charity to raise awareness of fire safety.
Talk of accents, Donald Trump, being recognised in the United States and their famous mural.
AS YOU PROBABLY know by now, last night The Late Late Show was graced with the presence of Saoirse Monica Jackson, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan and that wee English fella, Dylan Llewellyn.
If you’re not currently keeping up to date with all of the Derry Girls on social media, you’ll know that Nicola Coughlan’s Derry accent is, as she puts it, 100% fake. Last night when Jamie-Lee and Saoirse told Ryan that they were ‘Very, Very, Derry’, Nicola explained that she’ll always be a Galway girl, and Louisa admitted, “I’m a Dub.”
So naturally, Nicola and Louisa had some work to do on their accents. Nicola explained once again, that she has Nadine Coyle to thank for everything. Don’t we all? Nicola spent hours perfecting Nadine’s accent, watching the famous passport scene from Irish Popstars. She readily rattled off the impression for the audience last night too. Spot on.
Dylan revealed that he needed a lot of help from the girls when he arrived on set, because he hadn’t got a clue what they were saying. If anything, his confusion helped his role. He explained that every time he heard one the actors say “Ach” at the start of a sentence, he thought they “had a cold or something”. He also had no idea what a wean was.
Wee means small? But also can mean big, which blew my mind!
Then, Ryan turned the conversation to the fab Derry Girls mural which was painted to promote the second series of the show.
Ryan asked how it felt for the girls. Jamie-Lee replied, “Mental. I’d say it’s awful for any of my ex boyfriends at home.” What an incredibly Michelle response. Saoirse said:
It’s a brilliant thing for Derry. It’s a positive thing, the mural is positive and it definitely takes your breath away when you see it. I’ve only seen it once but my brother has to pass it by every day on the way to work, which he loves. I’m a lot cooler [to him] now.
Jamie-Lee still hasn’t been able to make the trip to Derry to see it, because she’s been acting in a play in Dublin since the mural was completed at the end of January. She has obviously seen it online, because who hasn’t? She told Ryan, “Someone said I look like Peter Andre in it, which is fantastic. I mean, I do. I think he’s a good looking man, I take it as a compliment.” Continue reading