Saturday 19 August 2017

'Money can't buy happiness but it sure as hell helps!'

 

Pauline McLynn
Pauline McLynn
Independent.ie Business Desk

The Irish actress Pauline McLynn is probably best known for her role as Mrs Doyle in 'Father Ted'. She has starred in a number of films including 'Far and Away', 'When Brendan Met Trudy' and 'Angela's Ashes'. She has also written several novels.

McLynn plays one of the main roles in 'Far Away', a new show taking place on Spike Island as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival 2017.

For more information on the show, which runs until July 1, visit corkmidsummer.com.

What is the most important lesson about money that your career as an actress has taught you?

When you are a freelance actress, you never really know where the next job is coming from. It's a constant state of keeping a poker face and trying not to let the worry about paying your bills get on top of you. I started off with nothing and I still have most of that! I guess money, or lack of it, teaches you to develop a brass neck.

What is the best phrase you have ever heard about money?

Money can't buy you happiness, but it sure as hell helps!

Which is the most expensive country that you ever visited?

I worked in Sydney, Australia, for two months before Christmas and although I loved being there, it was a very expensive place to live. The price of a pint in Reykjavik is also a total shocker.

What is your favourite Irish coin?

I always liked the old penny that had the lovely fat hen on it. I am patron of Littlehill Animal Rescue, which rescues commercial laying hens and re-homes them, so hens are very dear to me.

Are you better off than your parents?

My parents had their tough times financially - and I've had mine. I think it's all relative.

Apart from property, what's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

I used to have a big handbag habit in the Celtic Tiger years and so I now have enough bags to last me a lifetime. I have some nice paintings too, though I am not sure any of them are exactly expensive.

What was your worst job?

I once spent a summer working for a chiropodist, which was fine, except that I am not the greatest fan of feet.

What was your best financial killing?

I don't ever speculate on shares or companies. However, I did take out a small private pension when I was 30 and I hope to see that come to some sort of fruition - only five years to go on it now!

Android or iPhone?

I have an iPhone and it is all I know. I simply use it to make and take calls, so it is probably wasted on me.

Have you ever made an insurance claim?

Yes - for a roof repair after a bad storm.

Have you ever switched utility provider?

I am useless with such things as I want a quiet life. So I am every company's dream customer.

Itunes or Spotify?

iTunes simply because I don't exactly know what Spotify is. I am a Luddite!

Do you have a mortgage? Is it fixed, variable or tracker?

I do have a mortgage, which I think will be paid off when I am 63. It was a variable but I think it is now fixed.

Would you buy Irish property now?

If I won the Lottery, I'd love to buy a beautiful bit of the country.

Cash or card?

I mostly use cards but it's always nice to have a few notes in the old purse too.

Do you ever haggle?

I'd love to be able to haggle but really, I am easily mortified and a total pushover.

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