'I've pre-warned my parents about steamy sex scenes' admits Caitriona
Irish catwalk model turned actress Caitriona Balfe has admitted her parents will leave the room when her love-making scenes appear on screen.
Caitriona has become an overnight star in the US thanks to her leading role in Outlander - based on the historical fantasy book series.
The major new period blockbuster set to be aired on RTE Two tomorrow night is already being billed as the feminist answer to the Game of Thrones, thanks to her central role of the feisty World War I combat nurse in a ashow which has already pulled in eight million viewers in the US.
And Caitriona said that she's given her parents a heads-up about steamy scenes in the time-travel show in which she plays Clare Randall.
"I've pre-warned my parents that there are a couple of scenes where they can go out and make a cup of tea, but they will enjoy watching it," said the Monaghan star.
Caitriona's breakthrough movie role was in the 2013 film Now You See Me, opposite Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Isla Fisher and she also appeared in Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But Caitriona (35) revealed how she was scouted when she was packing bags.
"At the end of my first college year, I was packing bags in a supermarket for charity and I was scouted as a model," she said. "I went bright red, being very shy, but I remember the girls on the tills getting excited, shouting, "Yer one is only after being asked to be a model" all over the shop. That's where it all began."
Caitriona said that she created "life lists" while living in a dingy apartment on the South Circular Road with her pal while studying in DIT.
"Sometimes we would wake up in the middle of the night and make tea and toast, and write these life lists. Where will you be in five years? Where will you be in 10 years? I still have the notebooks. I remember saying I wanted to be an actor, but I wouldn't have imagined my life would be so chaotic. I think I've surpassed my own ambitions."
The actress, who left Ireland aged 19 to model in the US, said she loved the chance to get back home more often when she was filming Outlander in Scotland.
"I left in 1999 but obviously my parents are still there and I have a sister in Dublin and a brother in Limerick and another brother in Monaghan and I get home as much as I can," she said. "It's usually about twice a year. I love going home and it will still always be home to me."
Before her acting fame, she became the country's most successful model, walking the runway for designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci along with being the only Irish woman to appear on the catwalk for Victoria's Secret.