The Irish actress' stage work includes Alice in Funderland (Abbey); Big Maggie, The Playboy of the Western World, The Year of the Hiker, Empress of India (Druid); Between Foxrock and a Hard Place (Landmark Productions); Phaedra, Peer Gynt (Rough Magic); Little Gem (Gúna Nua); A Celebration of Brian Friel, The Death of Harry Leon (Ouroboros); Danti Dan (Gallowglass); Titus Andronicus (Siren Productions); and Ellemenope Jones (Randolf SD).
She has appeared on screen in "The Guard," "My Brothers," "Love & Savagery," "Eden," "Noble and Standby," "Raw" (RTE), "Vikings" (History Channel/MGM) and "The Assets" (ABC).
Full given name:
Where you were born/where you were raised:
County Cork, Ireland
Leo, the lion
One younger/taller sister, Edel
I can sing and play the guitar, and I'm a really good listener.
Something you're REALLY bad at:
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?
My drama teacher at CADA - Catherine Mahon Buckley.
First Broadway/West End show you ever saw:
Les Mis in London, and All the Way on Broadway
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?
The Glass Menagerie. Everyone is raving about it.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Here Lies Love and Hedwig
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
“There’s No Business Like Show Business”
Stage or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: The Irish actor Donal McCann. A true genius.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw in Michael Grandage’s Peter and Alice, written by John Logan
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
Lennon and Maisie. Two incredibly talented young girls.
MAC or PC?
Most played song on your iPod:
The Acid's "Basic Instinct" has been my New York soundtrack. I play it everyday when I leave the house.
IrishTimes. Nialler9 for new music. And Twitter.
Last book you read:
"The Farm" by Tom Rob Smith. Gripping read.
Must-see TV show(s): "Orange Is the New Black." Incredible female performances.
Some films you consider classics:
"Kramer vs Kramer" is one of my all time favourites.
Performer you would drop everything to go see:
Irish artist called Hozier. He's absolutely amazing.
Pop culture guilty pleasure:
Well I watched One Direction’s documentary and I fell in love. Don't know much about their music, but I'm a fan!
First CD/Tape/LP you owned:
Sinead O'Connor's LP “Nothing Compares.”
First stage kiss:
Jennifer Laverty in Danti Dan
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager:
Red in Red Riding Hood at the Cork Everyman Palace. I was 12.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: (note where)
Angus's is great for dinner after the show. Financier for a coffee and sometimes cake before. Also misslilysnyc.com.
Favorite liquid refreshment:
Coke, I'm addicted.
Most challenging role you have ever played:
I played Alice in Alice in Funderland at Ireland's national theatre, The Abbey Theatre. It was my first big musical so it required a lot of discipline. I loved it.
Some favorite screen or commercial gigs/roles:
Playing Christina Noble in the upcoming movie. Noble was a very special experience. Playing someone who is still with us is very daunting. It was a big responsibility but it has been winning every audience award going at recent festivals. Christina set up foundations in Vietnam and Mongolia to help homeless children. The work she has done is truly inspiring and hopefully the world will soon be aware of who she is.
Who were the first people you called/texted after learning of your nomination?
My boyfriend and my parents
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:
In The Cripple of Inishmaan we use the work "feck" a lot. I don't think people realize it's not actually considered a curse word in Ireland. One evening in London however, I opened my mouth and the proper version of the curse came out. I got a terrible fright. It was awful.
Worst costume ever:
A giant rabbit teddy bear in a musical called Brooklyn Bridge. I'll never forget the heat.
If you could trade roles/tracks with anyone in the show for a week, who would it be?
I'd like to play Mammy. June Watson is my hero.