Amy Huberman on her early days with BOD: 'I'd be made to look lesser in comparison because I was female'
Amy Huberman said she "understands" the interest in her personal life with Brian O'Driscoll, but criticised how she was portrayed in the media when she first began dating the rugby star.
The IFTA-winning actress (37) first started seeing the retired athlete in 2006 at a time when both were riding high on professional success - he, as an internationally renowned rugby player and she was on her way to becoming a household name thanks to the success of RTE's The Clinic.
Their romance played out in the gossip columns as such a pairing usually does and 11 years later, Amy is largely considered to be 'Ireland's Sweetheart' and one of our most popular stars.
And while the mother-of-two said she knows there is an interest in her marriage and family, in the early days of her relationship, she said the coverage wasn't always so balanced.
"I take it now for what it is. I understand people want to talk about Brian. I'm so proud of him so I'm happy to talk about him. But in the beginning, I'd be made out to look lesser in comparison because I was female, but this doesn't happen as much anymore," she told the January issue of IMAGE Magazine.
"I do understand that they want to ask about him and about us."
Currently starring in RTE's four-part legal drama Striking Out, Huberman said she's appreciative of the changing landscape when it comes to the availability of roles for women both in Ireland and abroad, citing influences like Amy Poehler and Sharon Horgan for bringing multi-faceted female characters to our screens.
"When I started, it was all about going in for the 'girlfriend role' and that's great, as long as you have a proper person to play, because the same can happen to men; but you should feel like you're playing a human being and it's considered," she added.
"There's also a joy in seeing how much men enjoy honest female portrayals as well. It's bizarre to me that we've created a culture where we don't have a voice, that doesn't make sense when there are people who want to hear it and people who want to tell it.
"If the story is honest and credible, then people will have an appetite for it because they'll relate to it."