Where did you grow up?

Tell me how acting started for you?
I started drama classes in the Irish Children’s Theatre Group in Churchtown when I was 7. Been at it ever since one way or another!

When did you know it was what you wanted to do?
More or less straight away! Obviously I wasn’t thinking about the practicalities… but from then on when anyone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, actor was the answer I gave.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an actor?
I’ve had an incredible amount of different jobs over the years but I can’t imagine doing any of them in the long term. It’s a bit of a vocation.

Have you ever had an embarrassing moment on stage?
I was in a show called ‘A Month in the Country’ last year in the Gate, where I got to wear an amazing Peter O’Brien dress. It was quite elaborate and had lots of fabric – and on the way off stage one night I managed to take a table and a vase with me! One of my costars very efficiently picked up the table and the vase was tacked on… so no harm done!

Who is your biggest inspiration?
My fiancé Aaron Monaghan. He’s incredibly talented, watchable and honest and is the hardest working actor I know.

In a couple of words, describe the rehearsal process for Bailegangaire?
Exhausting, exhilarating and challenging.

What do you hope audiences will take away from watching this play?
An appreciation for the brilliance of Tom Murphy’s writing. Hopefully we’ll allow the play to speak for itself. It’s really quite a stunning piece of theatre and humanity.

And finally, what was the last TV show you binge-watched? How many episodes did you see in a sitting?
Netflix’s Bloodline. I have a pretty impressive capacity for binge watching… this isn’t a personal record but I’d say it was 4.

BAILEGANGAIRE, Wed 14th – Thurs 15th September, 8pm, Civic Theatre Tallaght.
Starring Joan Sheehy, Clare Monnelly and Maeve Fitzgerald