Aaron's off to australia to visit Thalia
THEY were thick as thieves growing up together and Aaron Heffernan can't wait to visit his cousin Thalia in Australia.
The Love/Hate star is planning a trip to see the 20-year-old catwalk queen in Sydney next month.
Blonde beauty Thalia travelled alone Down Under and is spending a stint there after signing with a top agency earlier this year.
Fast becoming one of Ireland's most successful models, she is also on the books of Premier Model Management in the UK and Ford Models in the US.
Aaron told the Herald he's looking forward to the trip later in the summer.
"She's been gone for four weeks now and will be there for a few months, so I am going to visit her at some stage with my uncle," he said.
"I keep in touch with Thalia almost every day and it's great, she seems to be having an amazing time.
"She's doing so well. I even saw a graffiti mural of her done by the artist Maser, an interpretation of one of her poses from a magazine, the other day and it's unbelievable - it takes over the whole side of a building," he added.
The 23-year-old, who has found fame as undercover drugs squad detective Gavin in Stuart Carolan's RTE drama Love/Hate, has been enjoying a busy year in front of the cameras.
He will return for the fifth season of the gangland programme and confirmed it will be broadcast in October.
Aaron said he's pleased to see the return of actor and real-life Garda Kieran O'Reilly in the forthcoming series.
He plays fictional garda Ciaran Madden in the show and took annual leave to film his scenes. The detective was transferred out of the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) as a result of his role in Love/Hate.
He had worked as an undercover drug squad officer on the streets for six years, but caused alarm following his involvement in the show last year.
At the time Commissioner Martin Callinan ordered a disciplinary inquiry, but he was not in breach of any regulations.
"It's great having him back after all that drama, I was annoyed about the situation and he didn't deserve it," Aaron said.