Derry Girls star Siobhán McSweeney is already afraid of what weight-shaming trolls will say when she’s seen in a wetsuit during her upcoming documentary, Exploring Northern Ireland.
The actress and presenter of Channel 4’s Great Pottery Throwdown will be taking viewers on an in-depth excursion through her home country, deep-diving into experiences she’s never endured before.
At one point, she goes on a singletons’ paddleboarding evening, which though she highly recommends, admitted it left her feeling exposed.
‘There was stuff where I felt very vulnerable around how silly I looked. As a woman, and as a large woman, you think you can’t do things,’ she explained in the latest Radio Times magazine.
‘I’d never have thought I could paddleboard. I’m very aware that once this airs, I’ll get an awful lot of hassle on social media. I get it now, and I’m not even in a wetsuit.
‘People are very upset when women do not look the shape, colour or sound that we have taught them [they should look]. It’s not their fault in a way.
Siobhan is taking on wild new adventures for Exploring Northern Ireland (Picture: Channel 4)
‘People have been fed an idea of what womanhood looks like, what manhood looks like, and if you veer out of that, you know, “Shame, shame!”’
The Irish-born star proves to be more fearless than even she imagined, flying a biplane, climbing up to a crane cabin 300ft above the ground and descending into caves.
Siobhan stars as no-nonsense head teacher Sister Michael in Channel 4’s Derry Girls, one of the break out comedies of the last decade.
Due to the Covid pandemic, filming for its third series has been put on hold for the last 18 months.
Sadly, it doesn’t sound as though it will be returning anytime soon.
‘We’re doing series three at some point this year if we can lock down the schedule,’ she added.
Exploring Northern Ireland with Siobhán McSweeney airs on Thursday at 9pm on More4. Read Siobhan’s full interview in this week’s Radio Times.Credit: Original article published here.