American TV star praises hospitality of Irish people

American TV star Sarah Rafferty praises hospitality of Irish people. Photo copyright Genevieve CC2

American TV star Sarah Rafferty has spoken out about the wonderful hospitality of Irish people after she was ‘showered with pints’ when she went to an Irish bar on her own.

Rafferty, who played Donna Paulsen in the hit legal drama Suits, often visits Ireland as her father holds dual citizenship.

American TV star Sarah Rafferty praises hospitality of Irish people. Photo copyright Genevieve CC2

She spoke about a 2017 trip when she went to a pub by herself and was welcomed and made to feel at home by the other customers.

Rafferty said: “The whole Irish hospitality thing is so real. The night before my family arrived, I went around the corner to the pub, because there was live music and I was by myself.

“I was going to have a bite. I think I was there for an hour and a half. People were so friendly. I don’t think they recognized me.

“People kept saying ‘oh can I get you a drink?’ I was saying ‘no, no, I couldn’t possibly’. And they were insisting saying ‘no I’m going to get you a drink’.

“I mean by the end of that it was ‘no, no, no, thank you’ and then ‘thank you so much now let me get you a drink’ and it’s their turn to be ‘no, no, no’.

“By the end of the night, I’m at my little table for one and there’s like nine pints on it.”

Rafferty went on to talk about the contrast between her own personality, and that of the character she plays in Suits, the ultra-confident Donna Paulsen.

She said: “I’ve been playing her for such a long time now that there are places where I’m taking some pieces of her, where we meet.

“I can tell you, I’ve been saying a lot lately that I’ve learned a lot about confidence from her. I had to work at it initially to play her.

“When you’re playing a character, you want to make sure that you don’t get in the way of the character with your own stuff.

“I’m a real self-deprecating kind of goofy person. She’s not. She’s completely serious when she says she’s awesome. There’s an every woman quality about her.”

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Written by Andrew Moore