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

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

is 29, from Bettystown in County Meath, starred in 3 episodes of the hit reality show last month.

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

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

“I certainly 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 her my number and the rest is history.

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

“She actually told me about it the night I met her because I was walking down the street and she looked pretty classy, ​​so I was pestering her saying she had one of the chicest accents I’ve ever heard and she 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 kind of funny.

After the pair had been together for a while, Cillian was asked to appear on the show by the producers.

He explained, “After we dated for a while, she wanted me on the show and the producers wanted me so I thought I’d give it a shot. It’s a TV show- reality, so producers always want someone as real as possible.

“It was a whole new experience for me coming from a financial background. It was pretty cool. You come on set, there’s a lot going on and you’re the center of attention, there are cameras on you.

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

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