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5 songs that Anne with an E star Amybeth McNulty plays to make her cry on set

Need a good cry (whether or not you're getting ready to shoot an emotional TV scene)? Look no further.

Need a good cry (whether or not you're getting ready to shoot an emotional TV scene)? Look no further

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Admit it...you've made a playlist of sad songs for those days when you need a good cry. Whether it's power ballads, soulful country tunes, breakup songs, opera arias, sad metal or a mixed bag of the aforementioned tear-jerkers, we all have one.

Actor Amybeth McNulty was brave enough to share her sad playlist with us. But as the star of Anne with an E (she plays the spirited Anne Shirley-Cuthbert), she has a good reason for her playlist. The award-nominated actor uses music to help her bring emotion to her more poignant scenes.

Watch the video:

The Anne with an E star opens up about the sad songs that help her prepare for emotional scenes. 2:37

She explains: "The mentality to get into more emotional scenes can be very difficult to hit correctly. I have a particular sad song playlist for Anne in particular to get in into her headspace."

In this video, McNulty — a talented singer herself whose stage performances include roles in The Sound of Music, Annie and Les Misérables — takes us through her sad playlist, a.k.a. "Tractors."

I feel like I've just let you have a piece of my soul!- Amybeth McNulty

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Amybeth McNulty's top 5 songs for emotional scenes:

  1. "Sick of Losing Soulmates" by Dodie

  2. "To Build a Home" by The Cinematic Orchestra

  3. "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran

  4. "When" by Dodie

  5. "Good Grief" by Bastille

Amybeth McNulty as Anne Shirley (Chris Reardon)

Anne with an E airs Sundays at 7pm (7:30NT) on CBC.

About the Author

Mercedes Grundy has been producing videos for CBC Arts and Exhibitionists since 2015. She is a unabashed Leonardo DiCaprio enthusiast with an educational background in photography, and produces film and theatre when not busy here at the CBC. And while her love for the arts does not discriminate, she openly acknowledges she is a horrible dancer.