Friday 30 September 2016

'I still find it hard to cope with rejection' - Caroline Morahan

Published 21/10/2015 | 08:06

Caroline Morahan on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel,Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy
Caroline Morahan on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel,Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy

Caroline Morahan has said that despite her years in showbusiness, she still finds it difficult to cope with rejection.

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The former Off The Rails presenter has been based in Los Angeles for six years and has built up a healthy portfolio of work.

But the actress (38) who stars in a short film screening at the Richard Harris International Film Festival in Limerick (supported by the Limerick City of Culture bid) this weekend, said she constantly feels self-doubt.

“Coping with rejection is probably the biggest challenge,” she told the Herald.

“I sometimes feel like I’m working in a vacuum as there are so many auditions that you don’t hear back from.

“I may have felt like I did a really good job, but it’s hard to remain focused and positive when you don’t get any feedback.

“Self-doubt and criticism can take over. The flipside of that is when I do book the role it’s such a feeling of elation and affirmation.”

“But it’s dangerous to place your self-worth in the hands of someone else so I have to always work on keeping my head clear and doing my own creative work whether I book the job or not.”

Morahan (38) said that she applauded Jennifer Lawrence’s criticism of the entertainment industry and said it’s time for male actors to step up and demand equal pay for their female co-stars.

“It’s outrageous. I admire her (Jennifer) for being outspoken about it,” Caroline said. “It is up to women of influence to affect this change.

“The current paradigm in the entertainment industry is that most of the people at the top are men, so we definitely need a few enlightened men to get on board to help sort this out and encourage balance.”

Caroline said she was drawn to the “beautiful script” behind Lost and Found and plays the part of a young widow whose son comes up with a quirky way to earn money.

It is one of two short films commissioned by Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes and will be screened as part of the Richard Harris Film Festival on Saturday October 24. .

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