Love/Hate's Aoibhínn McGinnity leaves Trish behind as she moves to US for role in American series
Aoibhínn McGinnity, actress
Published 02/01/2016 | 02:30
Forget King Nidge - now it's Queen Trish who is poised to reign in 2016. As the wife of crime lord Nidge on hit RTÉ series Love/Hate, Aoibhínn McGinnity was known for her big personality and even bigger hair.
Now the Monaghan star is packing her animal-print frocks and skyscraper heels for the US after landing a role on upcoming Cinemax series Quarry.
The 29-year-old was snapped up by top talent agency Gersh - whose A-list clients include Tobey Maguire and Jamie Foxx - last April.
And the role of Marcy in the show, which is based on the novels of Max Allan Collins, could be just the thing to put her on the map in Tinseltown.
After spending Christmas at home with her family, however, the rising star insisted she was not stressed about cracking the States this New Year.
"I am that bit older now, so I know how things work," said Aoibhínn, who has also famously graced the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre stage in Elf: The Musical.
"I'm not expecting anything to happen overnight and everything that has happened over there has been so nice, so I'm just taking it as it comes.
"If it works out and more work comes my way, then great, but if not, that's fine, too. I am not overly stressed about it," says Aoibhínn.
Due to hit small screens both sides of the Atlantic later this year, the eight-part programme tells the story of a US marine drawn into the Tennessee underworld after returning from Vietnam in the early 1970s.
But Aoibhínn - who coincidentally plays the love interest of a mob boss on the series - isn't the only Love/Hate graduate looking forward to a coola boola 2016 after onscreen husband Tom Vaughan-Lawlor nabbed a part in forthcoming crime flick Infiltrator opposite Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston.
Despite seemingly biting the bullet after five seasons in 2014, creator Stuart Carolan has hinted that the IFTA-winning show could return to televisions in a different format this year. With movie roles in Jimi Hendrix biopic All is By My Side and rom-com Poison already under her belt, its leading lady certainly hasn't been waiting by the phone.
As the fate of a US version of Love/Hate hangs in the balance, though, could the in-demand actress be tempted to reprise the role that transformed her into a household name here?
Shuttling back and forth to the Big Apple, Aoibhínn didn't rule out digging out the hair extensions once more: "I don't know - that depends on what's in store.
"I still don't have big visions of what the next job needs to be. I just know I'm in the right field and I'm happy in it right now."