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Amy Huberman: 'My writing career came out of being unemployed and living in a basement flat in London'

Published 20/11/2016 | 13:07

Drop earrings with sun and stars, €25, pendants with heart, pillar and sun, all €30, from The Collection by Amy Huberman for Newbridge Silverware
Drop earrings with sun and stars, €25, pendants with heart, pillar and sun, all €30, from The Collection by Amy Huberman for Newbridge Silverware
Brian O’Driscoll and wife Amy Hubermanpictured at the launch of Newbridge Silverware’s Luna Collection by Amy
Amy Huberman with baby Sadie in March 2013
Amy Huberman, Brian O'Driscoll's wife, with their baby Sadie Huberman O'Driscoll before the game in 2014. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the launch of her debut book Hello Heartbreak in 2009
29 June 2013; Amy Huberman and daughter Sadie watch on ahead of the game. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013, 2nd Test, Australia v British & Irish Lions, Ethiad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Amy Huberman seen walking close to St Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Amy's husband Brian O’Driscoll with their daughter Sadie outside Dublin Castle celebrating the yes result in Ireland's same sex marriage referendum last year. Photo: El Keegan
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the launch of I Wished For You

Amy Huberman has opened up about the inspiration behind her successful writing career.

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A best-selling writer with two books under her belt, the popular actress said her novels were borne from unemployment. At the time, she was appearing on RTE medical drama The Clinic before it wrapped in 2009 and she released her debut book Hello Heartbreak that same year.

"The writing came out of being unemployed, living in London and not working. It was around the time I was doing The Clinic and to all intents and purposes, that's busy. But there are months when you're not.

"And doing these kinds of things gave me a sense of control in my life. With acting you have absolutely no control. I said to myself, 'If nothing happens with the writing, at least it has kept me sane at a time when there's no certainty.

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the launch of her debut book Hello Heartbreak in 2009
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the launch of her debut book Hello Heartbreak in 2009

"It can be a bit grim when you're facing rejection," she told VIP Magazine.

The 37-year-old, who has two children Billy (two) and Sadie (three) with husband Brian O'Driscoll said she's learned it's important to "enjoy the moment where you are", adding it "hasn't been easy" juggling parenthood with her career.

"Having the two kids around the same time, it has been hard. It'd be lying if I said it all slotted in perfectly. There were times when I was frustrated, there were times when I missed being home when I was away. You just have to move with it, I found and try to enjoy the moment where you are because you can torture yourself either way."

Huberman will return to the small screen again in RTE drama Striking Out, where she was plays a solicitor who dumps her cheating fiancé and sets up her own practice. She recently appeared in Can't Cope, Won't Cope and will also in action flick Kill Ratio.

Amy Huberman, Brian O'Driscoll's wife, with their baby Sadie Huberman O'Driscoll before the game in 2014. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Amy Huberman, Brian O'Driscoll's wife, with their baby Sadie Huberman O'Driscoll before the game in 2014. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

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