Sunday 24 September 2017

Hollywood actor Jack Reynor surprises Irish students with visit to secondary school

Irish actor Jack Reynor with pupils, Maria McKeever, Emma Pichot, Andrea Pichot, Andrea D'alton and Ella Doran at St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, he was there to watch a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event.
Irish actor Jack Reynor with pupils, Maria McKeever, Emma Pichot, Andrea Pichot, Andrea D'alton and Ella Doran at St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, he was there to watch a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event.
Irish actor Jack Reynor with pupils from St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, the students put on a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event
Pupils at St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, where Irish actor Jack Reynor was visiting to watch a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event
Jack Reynor with teacher, Stephen Fallon and pupil, Kate Farrell at St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, he was there to watch a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event.
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Hollywood star Jack Reynor transformed the day for students with a surprise visit to their school.

The Wicklow man (25) fulfilled every schoolgirl's dream after he strolled into a first-year classroom at St Raphaela's Secondary School, in Stillorgan and added some A-list sizzle to an otherwise-mundane Tuesday.

The Transformers actor said it gave him fond memories of Belvedere College where he "had a blast".

"I went to secondary school in Belvedere College and I actually miss it quite a lot. It was a simpler time and I enjoyed the lads," he said.

Jack Reynor with teacher, Stephen Fallon and pupil, Kate Farrell at St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, he was there to watch a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event.
Jack Reynor with teacher, Stephen Fallon and pupil, Kate Farrell at St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, he was there to watch a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event.

"We used to have good craic together so like I was saying, it's nice to come in and just be in an environment with a bunch of young people who are having the same kind of experience."

Now based in Ireland for a few months as he eyes up his next big project, the IFTA-winning star also gave his thoughts on the Oscars Best Picture fiasco.

Pupils at St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, where Irish actor Jack Reynor was visiting to watch a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event
Pupils at St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, where Irish actor Jack Reynor was visiting to watch a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event

"That was insane, that was madness. I think that was the fault of PwC that was a big ball drop on their part," he told the Herald.

"But it stipulates in their contract, they're meant to be out within 60 seconds if they know there's something wrong. It took them four minutes to get out on stage. Ouch. It kind of makes the Oscars look a bit shabby."

Reynor's movie Sing Street got an added boost recently after being added to Netflix, opening it up to a worldwide audience. He said he would love to work with the media giant in the future.

"I think that's where all the good writing is going and companies like Netflix are turning over a profit of about €500m a month so there's lots of potential funding there. I would be very interested in Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu or any of those on-demand platforms.

Irish actor Jack Reynor with pupils from St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, the students put on a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event
Irish actor Jack Reynor with pupils from St Rapaelas secondary school in Stillorgan, the students put on a fashion show as part of a Build-a-Bank event

"It depends on the right project but it's always like, is there something I can produce or is there a way that I can work in a capacity with them that's not just as an actor, in another kind of way," he said.

The star, who is engaged to model Madeline Mulqueen, was at St Raphaela's as a guest of honour for AIB's Build A Bank event after being approached by a friend in the bank.

It saw pupils and teachers alike taking part in a fashion show, before getting the low-down from Jack about what it was like to work with A-list stars such as Michael Fassbender, in a Q&A session.

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