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a gent Kin star Clare Dunne reveals how Emmett J Scanlan helped her through first-ever sex scene

'He's a massively connected human being, and I love that about him'

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Clare Dunne stars as money-laundering Amanda Kinsella in Kin

Clare Dunne stars as money-laundering Amanda Kinsella in Kin

Clare Dunne stars as money-laundering Amanda Kinsella in Kin

Kin star Clare Dunne has said she would trust her fellow co-star Emmett J Scanlan “with her life” after he helped her through her first-ever sex scene. 

The Dubliner plays matriarch Amanda in the hit Irish gang drama, who becomes embroiled in a dangerous new way of life after marrying gangster Jimmy, played by Scanlan.

Amanda now lives in fear for the safety of her children, Jamie (Cian Fitzsimons) and Anthony (Mark McKenna Jr).

Clare opened up about her character and how she felt the nerves in what was her first major TV credit.

And she praised Scanlan in particular for helping her through her first-ever sex scene.

"It was actually f*****g scary because it was tied up with grief and was an emotional, intimate physical scene,” she revealed.

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 Emmett J Scanlan

Emmett J Scanlan

Emmett J Scanlan

“It wasn't just a crass sex scene, so we had an intimacy coordinator and it was all so tender.

"There was nobody on the set. Things like that just make me think I can't wait to work with Emmett again.

"As it made me feel like I would trust him with my life, he's just a gent."

She added: "He's a massively connected human being, and I love that about him.

"He's very open and honest, he won't pretend to be 'on' for you."

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Clare also singled out Charlie Cox who stars Michael Kinsella in the series as a source of great support.

The Last Duel actress said: "First of all Charlie was like a teacher to me because I had never really had a TV role before.

"I had never played a character for five months in a row except on stage, but on stage, you do the same thing every night.

"So I learned my craft a lot around Charlie, big time. He was constantly keeping his eye on me at the start because he knew I wasn't used to the way it worked.

"Emmett was like the brother I never had really, like we just had the craic all the time.

"We would all do things to keep time ticking over, we all kept the banter going.

"That was our social life because it was during the lockdown. So sometimes it was hard to be serious."

She admitted: "Me and Emmett were terrible for laughing, but you had to release the tension somehow.

"But when it was anything really heavy or emotional, there was utmost respect between the actors.

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Charlie with Emmett Scanlan, who plays Michael’s brother Jimmy in the RTÉ drama.

Charlie with Emmett Scanlan, who plays Michael’s brother Jimmy in the RTÉ drama.

Charlie with Emmett Scanlan, who plays Michael’s brother Jimmy in the RTÉ drama.

"Charlie and Emmett, we have such a tight bond the three of us in the whole thing.

"There's a mystery of the history there that all gets revealed in bits and the three of us always had to develop our history together as characters."

The story which unravels over eight episodes as the gangland war erupts, is making its UK debut on Sundance Now via Amazon Prime Video Channels on February 24.

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