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Sunday 23 April 2017

Love/Hate's Sheehan proves he's a Hollywood dazzler

THIS is one small step on the red carpet for Robert Sheehan, one giant leap into stardom in the US.

The Love/Hate actor is about to go stratospheric in Hollywood.

He is the star of the latest sci-fi blockbuster The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, which premiered in California last night.

And the Irish actor turned heads with a quirky, alternative look.

Wearing a maroon royal blue paisley print silk suit, he completed the look with white brogues with an electric blue sole for the red carpet event at the Arclight Cinerama Dome.

Billed as the 'next Twilight', the movie follows the tale of a teenage girl who goes on a life-changing quest after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon.

SYNDROME

The 27-year-old joined Jared Harris, Kevin Zegers, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins and Godfrey Gao at the premiere of the first movie in the franchise.

The film is based on the first book from the Mortal Instruments series by writer Cassandra Clare.

Meanwhile, the Laois native is already preparing for his next role.

And it looks like he is taking a leaf out of Daniel Day-Lewis's method acting book. Robert has been hanging out with sufferers of Tourette's syndrome in order to understand their predicament.

The Laois native will play a young man suffering from the disorder in The Road Within.

And Robert says learning about Tourette's has been an eye-opener.

"It's exciting but absolutely terrifying. I've been hanging around with people who have Tourette's a lot recently," he explained.

The disorder is characterised by involuntary physical and vocal tics.

Robert finds the prospect of portraying it on screen daunting.

"To represent it is terrifying. It could be either the best or worst performance of my career," he said.

Robert is clearly impressing LA filmmakers – his central role in the Mortal Instrument franchise is sure to line up significant offers of work.

But despite the high-profile jobs, Robert says playing Love/Hate's loveable rogue Dazzler is one of his favourite roles.

"It was dumbfounding the way Ireland would come to a complete halt when the show was on."

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