'LOVE/HATE' star Caoilfhionn Dunne has said actors should not have a moral responsibility to be role models.
The 29-year-old, who plays assassin Lizzie in Stuart Carolan's hit TV series, said it is not the job of the cast to "change the world or raise anybody's kids".
It comes after actor Leroy Harris (19), who plays Glen, was criticised for racist comments on his social networking page.
"We're actors, we're not here to raise anybody's kids or to set a moral standard for the nation," Dunne told the Irish Independent. "We're just here to tell stories.
"I'm not any more cautious than usual about things I say. I mind my own business and keep my head down."
Dunne has been given her first break in the US and is scheduled to go to New York in November after Conor McPherson's 'The Night Alive' was booked for a three-month run off Broadway.
"It's exciting, I'm looking forward to going over, but there's always nerves doing a live show in front of an audience," said Dunne.
"I haven't got an agent over there or anything, but I go where the work is."
Joining her on the American stage are Brian Gleeson, the son of actor Brendan, Ciaran Hinds, Michael McElhatton and Jim Norton.