Li­adan Hynes

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - REVIEW -

we were al­most like best friends”, Ryan re­calls.

In the in­tense at­mos­phere of the show — 14-hour days, seven days a week — they bonded quickly. “Straight away we con­nected,” re­calls Thalia, who has gone on to present Xpose on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. “I walked into the meet-and-greet shak­ing like a leaf, think­ing, ‘aaaagh, what have I signed up for’. Ryan was so lovely — we just clicked im­me­di­ately.”

“We would al­ways look for each other at re­hearsals,” Ryan adds. “We would sit and have cof­fee to­gether and talk.”

On ini­tial im­pres­sions the pair could not be more dif­fer­ent. Thalia, one of the most widely liked peo­ple in her in­dus­try, is open, warm, a self-con­fessed goof­ball. She pos­sesses a leo­nine, tawny beauty, all long limbs and beachy hair. Ryan is re­served, his pro­fes­sional in­ten­sity and fo­cus man­i­fested phys­i­cally in his com­pact, dark good looks and

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