Cillian Hilliard says Irish dance battle led to Made in Chelsea role – and love

Irish Made in Chelsea star Cillian Hilliard opened up about how he ended up on the show.

The 29-year-old from Bettystown, Co. Meath, starred in 3 episodes of the hit reality show last month.

The jewelry designer moved to London during the lockdown in November 2020, where he met actor Paris Smith.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One, Cillian explained how he got his reality TV debut by challenging Paris, 23, to an Irish dance at a party.

“I really didn’t expect that to happen,” he admitted.

“I met Paris Smith, who is one of the main characters in the series. I met her in the traditional way, face to face. It was at a club in Mayfair and I met her on the dance floor.

“I approached her on the dance floor and challenged her to see if she could dance Irish and to my surprise she could and was much better than me. So I gave him my number and the rest is history.

“I didn’t recognize her. I had watched the first seasons [of the show] but not this one.

“She actually mentioned it to me the night I met her because I was walking down the street and she looks quite classy, ​​so I rebuffed her saying she had one of the more accents. chic I’ve ever heard of and should be on Made in Chelsea.

And then she responded by saying, ‘Actually, I’m on Made in Chelsea. “I didn’t believe her at all; I just thought she was joking. But the next morning she followed me on Instagram and I realized she was actually on Made in Chelsea which was pretty funny. .

After the couple had been together for a while, Cillian was invited to appear on the series by the producers.

He explained, “After we dated for a while, she wanted me to be on the show and the producers wanted me to participate, so I thought I was going to give it a go. reality show, so the producers always want someone as real as possible.

“It was a very new experience for me coming from the financial world. It was pretty cool. You arrive on the set, there is a lot going on and you are the center of attention, there are cameras on you.

“I was a little worried because I can’t play but you have the right to talk about anything and there is no scenario. It’s organic, ”he added.

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