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Monday 18 December 2017

I'm hoping offers will flood in after IFTA win -- Denise

PREGNANT Love/Hate actress Denise McCormack is hoping last weekend's IFTA win will lead to more offers once her baby is born.

Following her much deserved win over the weekend, Denise said she's feeling a lot of "positive vibes" coming her way.

Denise, who took home the gong for Best Supporting Actress in a drama at Saturday's awards ceremony, told the Herald that she has been inundated with congratulatory messages and is hoping to line up a number of projects over the coming months.

"I haven't got any offers yet, but I've been speaking to people, there are definitely some positive vibes coming my way," said the Drimnagh native.

"I met a lot of people within the industry over the weekend which was great.

"I still can't believe that I won, it has been a rollercoaster," the former Fair City actress told the Herald.

"The trophy is sitting in front of the fireplace and I can't stop looking at it -- I don't underestimate the achievement. It's changed the course of my career forever hopefully," she added.

Denise, who is eight months pregnant, may have wowed for her performance in the hard-hitting RTE gangland drama, but the Dubliner admitted that she found the role easier to play than expected.

Her tragic character Linda, who took her own life after her home was pipe-bombed, was also responsible for that infamous love scene with Nidge, played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

Denise is now hoping to work on something more light-hearted in the future.

"I love comedy, I don't just want to stick with the serious stuff -- I prefer dark humour, I like the challenge of that.

"I wouldn't be a stand-up comedian by any means, but I'd have to play a character who had those elements.

"I would've thought playing a real character like in Love/Hate was harder than comedy, but I don't think so."

The rising star also plans to return to work within a month after giving birth.

Due to welcome her new addition on March 11, Denise plans to be back in the gym to return to her pre-baby body by April, when "things start heating up in the industry".

"I usually work out three days a week but sometimes I could do five days. I love the gym and find it really calming," said the mum-to-be, who enlists the help of a trainer to maintain her shape.

"Obviously my routine had to change because of the pregnancy, but now that I've nothing else to do I'm doing a lot of swimming.

"I'm not one for taking time off, I know the baby will keep me busy but I'm going to keep going, if an opportunity comes up I'll work around it."

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