Actor Fionn O'Shea has spoken out about playing bad boy Jamie in TV series Normal People and admits some of the comments about his character "are actually unfair".
Speaking on movie review site Hey U Guys, the Dublin actor said: "I think some of the comments about Jamie are actually unfair, the one, the most, common one I am seeing is Jamie is worse than King Joffrey which is insane that, that is even a comparison."
O'Shea said: "I'm not in the interest of defending Jamie in any way but he is definitely, objectively not as bad as King Joffrey."
He said: "For people to feel so strongly really excites me."
The Siege of Jadotville actor said people have asked him in Tesco when lining up he has been asked if he is in the show (Normal People) and he tells them yes.
Even before auditions started O'Shea said he bought the book and found the character Jamie: "I read it and found Jamie and although its not a character that jumps out, the character is smaller and I read it and thought I know those people, I knew so many people like Jamie growing up and exactly how I would do it and exactly what I would."
To get into character the actor said: "I recorded voice notes on my phone and then recorded little pieces on my phone of me improvising on how I would play the character and when the auditions came around, thankfully they saw me for the part."
"I guess on paper I am not someone who you would expect from maybe reading the book to play that."
"With Eddie and Jamie the one line even though they are so different, they are both so anxious and both so insecure."
Speaking about playing Eddie he said:"I thankfully would say I am a lot more like Eddie than Jamie."
Describing Dating Amber , in which he plays nice guy Eddie, he said: "Its a love story about friendship".
When O'Shea saw the script he said: "It was one of those moments, its rare that it happens, I read it and said I have to do this. It was everything about it that spoke to me, I thought, I would be so lucky to be given the opportunity."
"The film is set in 1995 and it was only two years before when the film was set that homosexuality was decriminalised. There has been a lot of progress made, although we have come a long way, there is still a long way to come yet." He said.
Dating Amber can be streamed on Amazon Prime today.