Rite of passage for rising star O'Donoghue
Rising star Colin O'Donoghue was back on home ground last night for the European premiere of the supernatural thriller 'The Rite' in which he co-stars with Anthony Hopkins.
The 30-year-old actor from Drogheda, Co Louth, was joined on the red carpet at Dublin's Savoy Cinema by his wife Helen, proud parents Mary and Con O'Donoghue, and grandparents Anne and Arthur Dunne.
"He's been working hard and we're delighted now that he has got to this stage. We always knew that was what he wanted so we said 'do what you want to do'," his mother Mary said.
"He's been working for a long time in Irish television and it's great that he got the break to do such a big film with Anthony Hopkins. It's fantastic; we're very proud parents," added his father.
O'Donoghue is touted as the next Colin Farrell following his acclaimed film debut alongside Hollywood legend Hopkins, who has described his work as "extraordinary".
Veteran Belfast-born actor Ciaran Hinds, who has a minor role as a priest in the film, said O'Donoghue's meteoric rise was due to a combination of genuine talent, hard work and fate.
"I think he's a terrific actor," he said.
O'Donoghue plays a sceptical young seminarian sent to the Vatican to apprentice under exorcist Father Lucas, played by Hopkins.
He was cast for the supporting role after director Mikael Hafstrom was blown away by his home-made audition tape.
But O'Donoghue said he still can't believe his good fortune.
"Even if this is the only film I do, it's been such an incredible experience getting to work with Anthony Hopkins and Ciaran Hinds. I just feel very lucky and quite blessed," he said.
The film opens across Ireland on February 25.