Verity Rushworth on 'emotional' Emmerdale scenes

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 July 2014
Verity Rushworth as Donna Windsor

Verity Rushworth

'Emmerdale' actress Verity Rushworth and her co-star Mark Charnock have admitted they found it difficult and "upsetting" filming emotional scenes as Donna Dingle told Marlon she has cancer

Verity Rushworth says it was "very emotional" when Donna Dingle told Marlon she has cancer.

The actress - who left the soap in 2009 before returning last month - admitted she and her co-star Mark Charnock found the scenes difficult to film.

She told What's On TV: "That was a heavily emotional day. In the space of one episode, Marlon and Donna go from shock, through to anger and then the emotion comes out. I really poured my heart and soul into it."

Mark agreed the scenes were "upsetting" and "affected" him, even though he knew he was playing the part of a character.

He admitted: "It was upsetting. I am not a method actor, but you can't help but be affected by a story like this, especially when you see April who looks like a little Verity.

"It also felt like such a big responsibility. I wanted to get it right because this happens to people."

However, he still uses his own "sad" experiences to help his performance - and the bond the two actors share helped make the moment more real.

He added: "It really helps that I have a bond with Verity. We get on really well, so it is easier to access that chemistry.

"I like a laugh and a joke on set, but when I am doing scenes like that, I can't do that or else I lose the 'truth' of what Marlon is feeling. I do prepare myself by thinking of sad things that have happened to me."

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