Jamie Dornan reveals hardships of working away from home

Jamie filmed The Siege of Jadotville in Africa with a whole host of Irish stars

Jamie and his lovely wife Amelia
Jamie and his lovely wife Amelia

Jamie Dornan has revealed how difficult it can be working away from home, but the fact he had his family with him on his latest endeavour, made the whole experience a lot easier.

The Irish actor worked on The Siege of Jadotville in Johannesburg for three months last summer, but unlike many of the other cast members, brought his nearest and dearest along for the journey.

Jamie, who is happily married to Amelia Warner and has two young daughters, admitted that being away from home for a long duration is difficult for any actor, and will certainly “take its toll” over a period of time.

Speaking exclusively to VIP Magazine, Jamie confessed, “It had it’s challenges. We were there for a long time – three and a half months I think it was.

Jamie on the set of his new movie
Jamie on the set of his new movie

“Luckily I had my family there so I think it was a bit easier for me. The other boys were there by themselves with no girlfriends, wives, boyfriends or whatever it may be, and that’s intense. It takes its toll.”

As everyone was so far from home, the cast had no options but to delve into the movie making process, in the hopes of distracting themselves from feeling homesick.

Tullamore native Sam Keeley found it tough, but admitted that despite how challenging it was being separated from their family, it was worth it in the end as they were able to put all their attention into the project at hand.

Sam made good friends on set
Sam made good friends on set

Speaking exclusively to VIP Magazine, Sam said, “It’s hard because you’re away from your family, friends and loved ones. In another way, it kind of helps because you immerse into it. It was difficult, but if it wasn’t difficult, it wouldn’t be worth it.”

His co-star, and now great pal, Conor McNeill continued, “We were working so much and filming almost every day so you didn’t have time to think about it.”

The Siege of Jadotville was released in selected cinemas around Ireland yesterday, and will be available on Netflix from Friday, October 7.


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