Emmerdale fans have been full of praise for Jonny McPherson’s electronic and raw performances through Liam Cavanagh’s grief over the loss of his daughter Leanna, brutally murdered by Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu).
And when Metro.co.uk caught Jonny, he admitted it was impossible not to feel Liam’s pain and bring work home with him.
He explained to us in an exclusive interview: ‘The process of preparing for that, I looked at good scripts a few weeks before, and continued to study it, and then a few days before that. actually shooting the scenes, I would drink a glass of wine and keep going through them, and try to achieve, what I feel, like the right level.
‘And the appropriate level is a complete fury and chaos. It’s a very difficult level to get to, but it feels like it needs to happen, because if someone loses a kid watching the show, you want to advertise at the right level of authenticity. ‘
“Going there was fun, although it was quite exhausting,” he admits. ‘The filming itself is practically like coming back from a funeral every night.
‘That’s the level of burnout. The point is, it’s not real, you’re just pretending, but if you’re trying to make it seem real, you’re going to have to get through it on your own, physically, you’ll be tense and gasping for breath. for sobs. It makes your brain think that you’ve actually experienced it, in a particular way.
‘People often talk about bringing your work home, as an actor, but sometimes it’s hard. I mean, if you really push yourself to the point where you’re going through it all physically… that’s pretty exhausting.
‘But at the same time, it was very entertaining, and everyone involved in the story, the crew and the cast, was very dedicated to making sure it was as realistic a depiction as possible. It’s also great fun! ‘
He’s shown a new side to the usually comedic Liam and it’s clear Jonny is taking the opportunity to show off his acting prowess.
“It’s been the most exciting and challenging few months of my professional life,” he said. I feel like my working relationship with other actors has been raised a notch. I feel like it not only motivates me, but also the people I’ve worked with.
‘It’s been a pleasure to work as hard as we did to try to get the documentation as honest as possible. I absolutely love it.
‘I mean, I loved Emmerdale before this whole plot, but this just reinforced my love for all of the cast and all of the crew. It was a pleasure. ‘
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