Blaise-ing A Trail


Kellie Blaise


By David Hennessy

Recognisable to Irish audiences as a contestant on this year’s The Voice of Ireland, Kellie Blaise has also appeared in the Irish horror film The Inside and Neil Jordan’s The Borgias. Just finished filming the romantic comedy The O’Briens in Galway, Kellie has been living in London for a year and a half now: “It’s weird you make the decision to base yourself here for work but you end up doing more work in Ireland.”

The Irish World caught up with Kellie at Film4 Frightfest where The Inside was showing. Directed by and starring Eoin Macken, Kellie’s former boyfriend, The Inside sees a down on his luck Dubliner acquire a video camera in a pawn shop. Watching the tape inside it, he sees a vicious attack on some defenceless girls followed by a supernatural occurrence. Kellie revealed at the time that watching The Inside brought back the horrible feelings and emotions of the scene: “I am recovered from that. The O’Briens really was a nice change of pace, It was really fun.”

The villain was excellently cast with Emmett J Scanlan, of Hollyoaks, playing the worst nightmare of Kellie’s character and her friends: “He’s terrifying in real life as well. He just stayed in character the whole time. I did (stay in character too). It’s very hard because my character is, and the only word to use is, bitchy and all the other girls are quite nice, the only way for them to believe me when we were acting was to stay in character. So I didn’t really hang out with any of them or talk to any of them so they really had a negative image of me. Afterwards when I was like: ‘Hey, how are you guys doing?’ They were like: ‘Okay, we don’t really want to talk to you’. It was fun. I kinda get a kick out of it sometimes when you are that person and they believe you. It depends, it depends on what you’re working on. When I was then in Galway doing The O’Briens, my character’s really fun and a tomboy so I was like playing football with the kids. I’m usually a heels girl so it just depends on what you’re playing.”

The O’Briens tells the story of an Irish father who, two years after his wife’s death, sends for his three children to come home. His sons and daughter fear the worst but find out he has a secret to reveal: “I’ve written some music for it as well so I’m going back to see if the music works with some scenes. I don’t know if they’re going to release it as a movie in Ireland and Europe or they’re going to sell it to America. Apparently they’ve got some contacts in America that are interested, you know the Americans love the Irish.”

So how did Kellie enjoy her time on The Borgias when she appeared in one episode of the second series? “It was unbelievable. I didn’t realise the size of the set. The sets are so big there. Jeremy Irons was next door to my dressing room, he came in and introduced himself. It was great going for dinner after shooting with all these amazing people like Jeremy Irons and Holliday Grainger. The other actors are so great giving advice and things and helping you and everything but I got killed in it so unfortunately I won’t be returning to The Borgias.”

For the full interview see the Christmas edition (22-29 December) of the Irish World


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