Karen Price from Wales Online has done a new interview with Eve, titled “The Broadchurch secrets Eve Myles CAN share”! In the interview Eve talks about Broadchurch, her auditioning experience and family:
Eve Myles is one of those people who exudes an inner calmness.
But she admits she was feeling far from relaxed the day when the TV series Broadchurch made its comeback.
As well as being a huge fan of the TV drama, it marked a milestone in her acting career as the nation would finally get to see her making her debut in the thriller alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman.
“I was a bag of nerves all day,” admits the down-to-earth mother of two.
“I was in the gym at 7am on the spinning bike because I was so anxious. My mind was constantly on 9pm that night.
“It was unbearable and I spent the entire day cleaning.
“The house was like Buckingham Palace – it was ridiculous,” laughs Eve, who lives in Cardiff with actor husband Bradley Freegard and their daughters – five-year-old Matilda and 10-month-old Siena.
While the Ystradgynlais-born star of shows like Torchwood and Frankie finished shooting her scenes last autumn, the screening on ITV1 was also the first time she and the rest of the cast watched the first episode, which had been kept tightly under wraps.
“Both the children were bathed and in bed by 6.30pm and at 7pm Brad said, ‘You’ve got to sit down at some point!’
“About 20 minutes before it started, we opened some bubbles and I sat on one end of the couch and he sat the other end of the couch. I switched the phone off and I don’t think I breathed for an hour.
“During every ad break we’d just look at each other and go, ‘Oh my god!’
“It was just bizarre to be in it and viewing it and I knew three scenes in that it was better than I could have imagined.”
Eve plays Claire Ripley and until that opening episode, the public only knew the name of her character and nothing else.
Writer Chris Chibnall and his team were so keen to prevent storylines from leaking out that even TV critics weren’t allowed any previews under embargo.
Broadchurch is set in West Dorset and the sweeping coastal views are as much a star of the show as Tennant and Colman, who play DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller.
During the first series they investigated the murder of 11-year-old Danny Latimer, which had sent shockwaves rippling through the tight-knit community.
It turned us into a nation of armchair detectives and after plenty of red herrings, DS Miller’s husband Joe, played by Welshman Matthew Gravelle, was unmasked as the killer.
While most viewers thought the new series would feature a brand new case, it started before the opening of Miller’s trial and there were shocks all round when he pleaded not guilty – even though viewers had seen him commit the crime during flashbacks in the series one finale.
“Chris Chibnall is the cleverest man ever,” says Eve of the opening episode.
“The cast and crew sat down and watched it in their own homes on that Monday night like everyone else did.
“They didn’t play anything back on the monitors during filming.
“We all had scripts but they changed a lot – there were re-writes constantly. They were sent to us by email and we all had codes to access them so I couldn’t see Olivia’s or David’s, for example. But it worked. It created a drama outside the drama!
“We know where it’s going and what happens but how it gets there is a mystery to all of us. We don’t know how it’s been put together. When I watched the first episode I found it absolutely thrilling and it looked stunning.”
After the buzz of the opening episode, Eve was supposed to be taking part in a series of promotions with her new co-stars but just 24 hours later she had taken to her sick bed.
“I woke up on Tuesday and was supposed to be in London for a photoshoot and TV stuff but I felt sick – and that was it for two days, I was violently ill. I feel like I’ve been through the wringer,” she says when we catch up a few days later.
We now all know that her character Claire is part of the new subplot which focuses on DI Hardy’s former investigation into two missing girls, known as the Sandbrook case.
Claire’s husband Lee Ashworth (James D’Arcy, pictured above) had been prime suspect but the case collapsed and DI Hardy hid Claire away in a cottage because she had testfied against him.
While Eve cannot give us any clues to the fate of her character, she clearly enjoyed filming her scenes, especially as she was so keen to be a part of it.