Moira Dingle’s affair with farmhand Nate Robinson comes to a watery end in Emmerdale when husband Cain find out. But is it more than her marriage that’s drowning. Actress Natalie J Robb reveals all…
Moira Dingle been playing with fire for months, having an affair right under husband Cain’s nose. But the flames are set to be doused when she realises her betrayal has been discovered while she’s on a boat! As Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) come to blows, Moira goes overboard. Actress Natalie J Robb explains more…
Is Moira suspicious when Cain sends her off to the agricultural show with Nate?
“She isn’t suspicious as Cain just says he wants to be there for Chas (Lucy Pargeter) so actually Moira Dingle is more disappointed than anything. As far as she is concerned her affair with Nate is over and she had been looking forward to the time away with Cain. It had been a chance for them to rekindle things. They had been looking forward to night away together.”
Nate and Moira are over at this point so is she a bit annoyed Cain is throwing them back together albeit unwittingly
“Exactly, by sending Nate with her he is actually pushing them back together. So it is a bit awkward really as Cain doesn’t realise what he is doing. Nate and Moira are over and Moira is fairly uncomfortable about the whole thing. However, Nate is more happy to have time away with Moira and Cain unknowingly has played into Nate’s hands.”
When they arrive at the hotel do her and Nate rekindle things?
“When they first get to the hotel, there is a bit of awkwardness then they do rekindle things. I think Moira just sees this night as one last hurrah, a one for the road I suppose, not to cheapen it obviously. But they have been thrown together for one last night.”
When they are leaving the hotel the following morning and Cain is in the car park, is she suspicious or worried?
“When Moira sees Cain arrive at the hotel, this is when it’s a real fright for her as she thinks ‘Uh oh, what is going on?’ She is still unsure however as Cain plays it light and fluffy but she is querying ‘does he know – does he not?’ As far as Moira is concerned, this is very strange as she knows him so well. Plus it’s very awkward with Nate there too. She knows it is out of character as they have never before taken a fishing trip, it’s unheard of. So yes at this point she is definitely suspicious that something is amiss.”
How does Cain get them to go to the lake and the boat?
“He makes light of it, like it’s a nice day out. She’s a bit confused but they all go along with it.”
Is she fearful of him when they get on this boat?
“Moira is fearful when she is on the boat. Both Nate and Moira are thinking this is unnatural and questioning what is going on, but Cain is playing the slow game and biding his time.”
Before it all kicks off what is she doing on the boat?
“Cain asks Moira to go below into the cabin to make them all bacon butties and a cup of tea whilst they talk. She’s really uncomfortable down in the cabin as she can’t really hear what they are saying up above and she is just thinking – ‘Oh no what is going on up there?”
When does she first know something has happened?
“She knows something is really weird when she hears a bump – a big thud from up on deck. First there is no noise, then suddenly this solid thud and of course she doesn’t know who the thud belongs to.”
Cain and Nate fight almost to the death. Does Moira witness it?
“The fight was very well choreographed by the stunt coordinator and director it was really good and quite a long fight actually and equally matched too. It looks rather dangerous as they are on this tiny sailboat. The stunt doubles were brilliant, but Jeff and Jurell did the whole fight too.
Did you have a stunt double?
“Yes I had a stunt double called Sarah Lochlan. She has doubled me before actually as she did the barn fire when Moira nearly got blown up by the barn. She is just brilliant and we just slipped straight back into it. It was a really great experience filming this sequence.”
Moira gets caught in the fray and goes overboard…Did you actually go in and film in the lake?
Yes I did go into the lake, it was quite cold but I had a wetsuit under my clothes. But as I was in for a while I got used to it and warmed up. After 40-50 minutes that is when your knuckles start to feel it – I thought ‘Uh oh, there is my arthritis”
Did you see the explosion when it was filmed – was it big
“Yes we did see the explosion as that was the first thing that we did when we were away filming on location in the Halifax area. We watched all that before we did our scenes. It was good to see, it was really nice they set the bar high and from then on we worked up to that and shot all the before and aftermath. We shot all the sequences out of order. It was really good to do.”
Is it nice when the special effects come into play – explosions, stunt people, special effects etc?
“It was a really good experience and I loved getting out of my comfort zone. Jeff and I found the underwater stuff much harder than the stuff we normally get to do. I think it is really good to push yourself and I believe if you can get out of your comfort zone regularly then you will always better yourself. It may be mental, physical or emotional, but I think it’s good to scare yourself at times.”
Was it scary then?
Well before we started, I was apprehensive, but we had buddies underwater. I had a buddy called Wayne. The buddies are divers who stay with you underwater to make sure you always have access to air. Jeff’s buddy was called Matt and they are really reassuring as they gave us so much confidence.
You filmed some underwater scenes in a tank. How was that?
“The tank is quite deep. It’s like a swimming pool, but really deep. It’s dark and murky and dressed with weeds and rocks. In this case, there was a platform that I had to hook into and put my foot under. I would be on the regulator breathing until we needed to do the action, then the diver would swim over and remove the regulator. I would then hold my breath whilst I did the filming action, then the buddy diver would come straight back in and give me more air. It was really exciting to do. Jeff and I both have slightly bloodshot eyes from filming but nothing eye drops aren’t fixing. I have really enjoyed this whole shoot, it has been fantastic – a great experience and brilliant team work. That is the thing I love about working on Emmerdale, we get to do such great challenges that we would not normally get to do.”
Were you apprehensive about doing any of the scenes ie fight or underwater?
“I am not going to lie, Jeff and I were apprehensive ahead of filming the underwater sequence. But we did a lot of training in a swimming pool, getting used to the regulators and what we needed to do. When you are doing it for real it is different than the rehearsals as you hear the count down (there is a microphone underwater) to action. The adrenalin builds, and actually I got quite nervous but I needed to stay calm. The trick is to stay calm particularly underwater and not to panic. If you stay calm mentally you can do anything.
Have you done any diving before?
Over ten years ago, I went diving in the Maldives, which was a little different to this. There I had my own tank and regulator, whilst here they took the regulator away. It was something I got better at doing with practice. It really helped rehearsing the sequence so much as the more we did it the better we got at it. I am hoping it will look really good when it airs and the audience will enjoy these episodes. The director David Kester seemed happy with what he got so hopefully the audience will when they see it go out.
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