Writer Duana catches up with Dracula star

Limavady journalism student Duana Forrest with Dracula star, Luke Evans during his two day stop in the Roe Valley. (1608sj70)
Limavady journalism student Duana Forrest with Dracula star, Luke Evans during his two day stop in the Roe Valley. (1608sj70)

When actor Luke Evans was in Limavady last week for the filming of the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Dracula Year Zero’ local fans tried in vain to get a glimpse of the ‘Fast and Furious’ star, but budding journalist Duana Forrest went one step better.

Not only did she get to interview the Welsh hearthrob, she also got that precious photo with him.

Duana has just finished her first year of English with Media at The University of Ulster, Coleraine and, like a lot of people in Limavady, was equally as excited when Universal Pictures rolled into town last weekend to shoot scenes at the Roe Valley Country Park for the movie.

“Along with writing/journalism film is my biggest interest,” says Duana. “So I spent the days they were in town walking around the woods, seeing the production of the sets/cameras and sitting across the river watching them filming.

“I decided to drag my mum up to the Roe Park Resort on the Monday night to see if any of the cast and crew were lurking about, and I was in luck!”

Like every good reporter, when Duana spotted the Dracula star at the hotel she took her chance and approached him for a quick chat and a photo.

“He was very humble and open for a chat, even though he was clearly exhausted,” she says. “We talked about his day filming and how uncomfortable he was being in the river for eight hours. Both he and the director had an admiration for how beautiful Limavady was and how nice and excited the locals were about the filming happening.”

Duana is hoping to do a postgrad in journalism, and has been spending the summer gathering up as much work experience as possible.

“I’ve joined the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre as a ‘young writer’ for their blog and, so far, it’s incredibly exciting and has so much opportunity.

“Desima Connolly from the Arts Centre has been so supportive,” says Duana, who has revealed other celebrities she has met.

“I attended the Radio 1 Academy in May and had the opportunity to meet The Script through a journalism workshop, but I didn’t find out until I was in the workshop, so the surprise was amazing.

“I also won a Journalism competition through the Radio 1 Academy to be a member of the press for a day during ‘The Big Weekend’ where I got to meet them again along with Olly Murs, HAIM and Paramore.”

Duana added: “I’ve been a fan of The Script since day one so it was definitely my most exciting experience to date!”