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Friday 22 September 2017

Amy Huberman: 'The kids haven't seen me on TV yet...they think that I work on a computer'

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Amy Huberman before appearing on The Late Late Show in 2017
Striking Out stars Rory Keenan, Fiona O’Shaughnessy and Amy Huberman in outfits selected by costume designer Tiziana Corvisieri
Amy Huberman's drama ‘Striking Out’ continues on the box
Amy Huberman and Neil Morrissey at the launch of Striking Out at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar. Picture: Andres Poveda
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Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman arrive on day six of the Wimbledon Championships.
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Amy Huberman seen walking close to St Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Actress and author Amy Huberman was announced as a judge for the Bord Gais Energy Student Theatre Awards. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Amy's husband Brian O’Driscoll with their daughter Sadie outside Dublin Castle celebrating the yes result in Ireland's same sex marriage referendum last year. Photo: El Keegan
Amy Huberman at the launch of RTÉ2s new Drama Cant Cope, Wont Cope at the ODEON Point Village. Picture: Andres Poveda
Amy Huberman with baby Sadie in March 2013
Tweedy pie: Hubes and Morrissey
Rory Keenan and Amy Huberman star in ‘Striking Out’, a fast-paced legal eagle drama series which was a winner, despite some plot holes.

Jennifer O'Brien

Actress and writer Amy Huberman has revealed she's still feeling her way through balancing parenthood with her career.

The star, who currently stars in RTÉ's legal drama 'Striking Out', juggles the demands of Sadie (3) and Billy (2) with work commitments.

Having recently secured an office "five minutes from home" in Dublin, Huberman told the Irish Independent: "I like that feeling of going out to work in the morning and saying 'I'm off to work now', and still I'm only down the road. I wish I had done it sooner to be honest, and it's just nice to have a place that's your own with no small children screaming in the background while you are trying to work.

"Like everyone else, we just try to work things whatever way we can and the children's needs are constantly evolving and things are always changing."

Amy Huberman's drama ‘Striking Out’ continues on the box
Amy Huberman's drama ‘Striking Out’ continues on the box

Although their mammy is one of the best-known faces in the country, Amy says her children with former Ireland rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll have little idea of what she does for a living.

"My little girl saw the Newbridge campaign and she points at it as if to say 'what's this?', but then she forgets about it in a few seconds.

"She hasn't seen me on anything on TV yet and I think they think I work on a computer."

Tomorrow night sees the final episode of the first series of legal drama 'Striking Out' air on RTÉ One.

Brian O’Driscoll and wife Amy Huberman pictured at the launch of Newbridge Silverware’s Luna Collection by Amy
Brian O’Driscoll and wife Amy Huberman pictured at the launch of Newbridge Silverware’s Luna Collection by Amy

The opportunity to play solicitor Tara Rafferty on home ground was one Huberman could not resist.

"I just found the script really interesting when I first read it," she says. "I hadn't played a dramatic role in some time and Tara had so much going on and so much to do. It was a challenging role for me in terms of the legal nature of it and I couldn't just freestyle it and make things up. I went to the Four Courts and I did a lot of research and just wanted to give Tara credibility."

The show has been a ratings winner for the station, bringing in over half-a-million viewers during the first episode on New Year's Day.

But she admits she will breathe a little sigh of relief once the final episode airs.

Amy Huberman with baby Sadie in March 2013
Amy Huberman with baby Sadie in March 2013

"Sunday evenings can become a little less antsy for me now. I just don't relish sitting down and watching myself, but it's something you have to do to keep developing."

Meanwhile, a second series of the drama is expected to be commissioned following the success of the season. Speaking yesterday, RTÉ's commissioning editor for drama Jane Gogan told the Irish Independent that the station is happy with the "very good response" the show had been getting from audiences.

'Striking Out' is on RTÉ One tomorrow at 9.30pm

Amy Huberman at the launch of Striking Out at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar. Picture: Andres Poveda
Amy Huberman at the launch of Striking Out at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar. Picture: Andres Poveda

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