Interview with Rhodri Meilir (Dylan Harris)
When the body of a missing young woman is found in a disused quarry, DI Cadi John, played by Sian Reese-Williams, leads an investigation that unearths a dangerous and disturbing reality.
It’s always that challenge that you’re looking for - the challenge to escape yourself and to travel quite far from your own character.
Dylan is a very dark and complex character. How did you cope with playing him?
It’s amazing to delve into those thoughts and that way of living and whatever drives that character. It’s always that challenge that you’re looking for - the challenge to escape yourself and to travel quite far from your own character. As any actor will tell you, it’s those kinds of challenges which you really want from your characters.
How did you get into character, considering the nature of your character?
With this job more than any other, I found the make-up helped me find the character. I’d spend 45 minutes in the make-up chair having scars and dirt applied to my face and hands, and gradually - as I sat in that chair - the character would emerge.
Dylan has a very difficult relationship with the women in his life. How did you go about exploring this?
It was an incredible experience to get under the character’s skin and explore how he reacts to different women. The female characters in the series are very strong - his employer is female, his mother abuses him... But I think Dylan has a difficult relationship with everyone irrespective of gender.
How much did the locations/sets help you get into character?
Certainly the house where the Harris family lived helped. I was just amazed by it because it was built for the series. The art department did an amazing job and that house was so dark, dreary and damp, it just adds to the feeling. And the cellar; it’s claustrophobic, not a very nice place to be - so instantly, as soon as you’re in through the door, you’re in that world.
How difficult were the fight scenes to film?
It makes it easier when your fellow cast member is ready to go for it, when both of you are giving it 100%. We had some fantastic fight coordinators, especially Kevin McKirde. It’s quite tiring because you have to do it over and over again from every single angle but it’s like keep-fit!