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