I remember going to my grandparents when I was little and watching The Wizard of Oz on repeat – this became a ritual for me, I was utterly mesmerized with Judy Garland and the rest of the cast and the world I was transported to when watching it. From then I became obsessed with creating and making stories, playing dress up and trying to convince people I was that person! Acting to me is feeling affected and in turn affecting someone else.
How did you make you first break into the industry?
I’m still breaking in! I’ve been really lucky and grateful to have worked on some brilliant projects so far and hope that, that continues.
What do you bring to the film set?
A sweetie drawer! I’m obsessed with a refresher or two! I’m also extremely hardworking, I try and come to set as prepped as possible but also feel it’s important to be flexible and prepared to adapt and experiment so you can work with the director and the other actors. I like to be little mischievous too!
Your most insane day at work?
There are so many!! I have a feature film called The Snare being released in US cinemas in January. It’s a psychological horror that was shot in chronological order over the course of 6 weeks and I play Alice, the lead. It was one the most challenging film roles I’ve undertaken to date. We took a very method approach to the whole thing to ensure that everything was as real as possible, from not seeing the outside world for weeks, having to eat a real spider, being half starved and dehydrated, working from 7am until 2am, feeling totally exhausted with no real breaks! Also, the set was our home and I was made to sleep in Alice’s haunted bedroom every night! There was no escaping this film! Despite it all I wouldn’t change anything!!
Most interesting person you’ve ever met?
Because this job is so diverse I’m really lucky that I’m always getting to meet new and interesting people, I love that no day is ever the same! However, when I was studying in New York I did get the opportunity to meet the late Paul Newman it was such an honour and I was completely spell bound in his presence! I am a huge fan of his work, especially Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – he is a true great.
Have you any hidden talents?
I can play a little flamenco guitar and count to 10 in Gaelic (I’m half Irish)! I try and impress people by telling them I’m actually saying a sentence when actually it’s only 1,2,3…It sounds a lot more impressive than it is!!
Ultimate dream role?
I am huge fan of films based on true stories, to be honest anything that challenges me as a person and actor. I am in complete awe of Brie Larson in Room, Charlize Theron in Monster and Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry – fantastic roles and absolutely breath-taking performances.
Person you’d like to meet?
Any of the above woman would be a dream come true, also Julie Walters she’s one of my all-time favourites and Meryl Streep!!
I play the lead role in a feature film called The Snare, a psychological horror being released in US cinemas on the 13th January 2017. Three friends head to the seafront for a drunken weekend, only to be imprisoned on the top floor of their holiday apartment by a malevolent paranormal force.
I also have a short film called Home coming out later this year and am in talks to potentially star in a couple more feature films. I am also hoping for some theatre and TV too!