Thursday 18 December 2014

My dad Bono didn't want me to become an actress - Eve Hewson

Anita McSorley

Published 09/08/2014 | 15:35

Musician Bono and his daughter Eve Hewson
Musician Bono and his daughter Eve Hewson
Eve Hewson
Eve Hewson as Lucy Elkins in 'The Knick' TV series
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: (L-R)Ali Hewson, Bono of U2, Eve Hewson and Jordan Hewson attend "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark" Broadway opening night at Foxwoods Theatre on June 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Actress Eve Hewson at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Ali and Bono

Budding actress Eve Hewson has opened up about how her parents Bono and Ali weren’t keen on her career choice.

The 23-year-old shot to fame after landing a lead role in American TV series The Knick, which aired in the US for the first time this week.

The show, which has already been renewed for a second season, revolves around a hospital in New York in 1900, with doctors and nurses struggling to treat patients without the modern medicine techniques that are used today.

Eve revealed that she had to plead with her parents to let her pursue her dream.

“I basically said to my dad that, look, I’m just as passionate about movies as you were about music, and when you were 18 you wouldn’t let anyone stop you so you’ve gotta let me do this.

“He didn’t take no for an answer when he was 18, so I have that in my genes. I went to school and I studied it and I wanted to know what I was talking about and I wanted to learn about it,” she told American news website The Daily Beast.

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Eve, who graduated from New York University last year with a degree in theatre studies, explained that she understood their concerns.

“My parents were being protective of me, and I honestly didn’t think they would have been good parents if they weren’t wary of me, their daughter, entering the entertainment industry.

“They wanted to make sure I really knew what I was signing up for and that I was serious.

“They saw that I was being relentless, that I wasn’t stopping just because someone said no one time. I think they respected that I was committed to it,” she said.

She also revealed that having a famous father didn’t help her secure any Hollywood roles.

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“What’s great about Hollywood is that it is so cutthroat, and it really f**king doesn’t matter who you are. If you’re not right for the part, you’re not right the part.

“No director is going to sacrifice their film because they want someone’s famous kid in it for a headline,” she said.

The Knick is due to be shown on Irish TV next month.

Irish Independent

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