Saturday 21 October 2017

'You don't even know if you're going to get a job', says IFTA winner Amy Huberman

Amy Huberman arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin.
Amy Huberman arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin.

Sean O'Grady

Amy Huberman may have taken home one of the top awards at this year's film and drama Iftas, but she has admitted she still doesn't know where her next job is coming from most of the time.

The Cabinteely woman (38) picked up the award for best lead actress in a drama for Striking Out, but in an industry that is so "up and down", she feels lucky to be nominated.

The mum of two, who was accompanied at Saturday night's awards at the Mansion House by her brother Mark, was among the attendees who let their hair down afterwards at Lillie's Bordello.

"The industry is so up and down, you don't even know if you're going to get a job, let alone be nominated for anything. I was just really chuffed to be nominated," Amy told the Herald.

Amy Huberman arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Michael Chester
Amy Huberman arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Michael Chester

Amy faced stiff competition for the award as she was up against the likes of Caitriona Balfe, Ruth Negga, Elaine Cassidy and Anne-Marie Duff.

She has had her fair share of rejection over the years but that has made her fully appreciate the roles she has won. "You get to do what you love and there are worse things in the world going on," she said.

"If you're looking at it in isolation as a job, there is a lot of rejection but it comes in waves. Nobody is always in employment.

"I think when you have got a lot of rejections, you really appreciate the ones you get to do even more."

Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out

The TV star revealed it was "surreal" to take home the award and dedicated it to her daughter Sadie.

Afterwards, she celebrated at Grafton Street venue Lillie's alongside fellow actresses Denise McCormack, Charlene McKenna and Seana Kerslake, who starred in A Date For Mad Mary, which took home the coveted best film award.

Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out

They enjoyed some downtime in the VIP Library Bar with Emmet Kirwan, Patrick Gibson and Jason O'Meara.

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