Once I'm asked to audition in my own accent in the US it throws me, says Amy Huberman
Amy Huberman struggles with the Irish accent when auditioning for roles in the US.
The busy mum-of-two, from Cabinteely in South Dublin, normally auditions in an American accent – and was “thrown” when she was asked to use her own accent.
“I always do an American accent anyway. Once I’ve been asked to do it in my own accent. That actually threw me. I couldn’t do it. It’s too hard.
“When you’ve learnt it in the rhythm of an American accent, it just sounded like a really bad actor doing a really bad Irish accent,” she said.
The 36-year-old has her sights set on a more permanent role in LA – if the right gig comes along that would suit her family.
Having planned everything around husband Brian O’Driscoll’s stellar rugby career for so long, she says it would be nice for them to pursue her projects for a change.
“We were tied to here and we both get excited about the idea of living somewhere else for a little while, if it came up,” she said.
“I would happily live there for a little bit. I don’t think I would move just to be there and see what would happen. I think I’d have to go there for a gig. I would definitely go out there and spend some time there if the right thing came up.”
Last month saw the well-known actress and author spend over two weeks in LA in the run-up to the Oscars as she took part in pilot season. Amy, who is mum to Billy (1) and Sadie (3), “really enjoyed” it this year as she wasn’t as sleep-deprived compared to recent years when her children were babies.
“I’ve been over a few times and, depending on your head space, it can be a full-on place,” she said.
“But I really enjoyed it. It was, again, because I slept more this year. I went over really looking forward to it and joining the race over there. LA’s great, it’s sunny every day, there’s great food. You’re doing what you love to do. I’ve got great representation over there and they put me in for cool stuff.
“I was over there with my brother, I was living with him and it was nice for the company. There was a great crew of Irish people there this year.”
Amy was out at Odeon cinema in Charlestown to help launch their new Limitless card alongside Sing Street actress Lydia McGuinness.
She has also written a film script for a new movie entitled Bolt, which is loosely adapted from her second best-selling novel, I Wished For You.