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Sunday 4 December 2016

Crossed wires led to 'Fantastic' surprise for Irish star of JK Rowling blockbuster

Published 14/11/2016 | 07:32

Irish actress Jenn Murray. Pic Brian McEvoy
Irish actress Jenn Murray. Pic Brian McEvoy
Jenn Murray pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Saoirse Ronan and Jenn Murray in Brooklyn deleted scene

The Irish star of the new JK Rowling blockbuster has said a bad phone line meant it took her a week before she realised she had landed the coveted role.

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Jenn Murray, from Belfast, who studied drama at Trinity, said she could not believe her luck when she heard she had landed the part of Chastity in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

She joined an all-star cast of actors including Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight for the Harry Potter prequel, which will premiere in London tomorrow.

"I got a phone call from my agent and we were talking in the airport and it was really loud so I thought he said that I didn't get the part and I was gutted," said Jenn.

Jenn Murray pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin,
Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Jenn Murray pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use

"So a week went by and I had processed the fact that I didn't get the part and then he rang me to give me details of the recall and I was like, 'But I didn't get it' and he was like, 'Yes you did!'

"I had totally misheard him, but it was a blessing in disguise because I had already programmed myself into not getting it, so it was a lovely surprise."

Given the A-list actors she got to rub shoulders with, Jenn was a little awe-struck stepping out on set the first day.

"I have to be honest, it was totally thrilling. I can't be blase because I've always wanted to be an actress," she said.

The release date is November 18th
The release date is November 18th

"It's phenomenal for me to get a role like this. Not that I don't believe in myself, but it really is such a privilege to be doing something you love and getting paid for it.

The rising star described filming as "one big learning curve", as she got to watch seasoned stars in action.

"People like Jon Voight, they are Hollywood royalty, so to get to sit beside him and have a coffee and talk about life, those are things that are magical," she said.

"Colin Farrell is a total gentleman. He's open and warm and I was very inspired by him."

While Jenn can't say too much about what lies ahead for her character, she's no doubt over the moon after JK Rowling (inset) let it slip recently that the movie is part one of a five-film franchise.

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