Friday 28 April 2017

Amy Huberman on her early days with BOD: 'I'd be made to look lesser in comparison because I was female'

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the IFTAs in 2008
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the IFTAs in 2008
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the IFTAs afterparty at the Shelbourne Hotel in 2008
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman.
And here's a 2008 BOD and Amy picture to enjoy.
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman confirm their engagement in 2009.
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman arrive on day six of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
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 covers Image Magazine's January issue
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at a New York Rangers game. Picture: Instagram
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman arrive on day six of the Wimbledon Championships.
2010: IFTA darling Amy Huberman and Brian O'Driscoll made a rare joint red carpet appearance and Amy's green Belle & Bunty dress went down as one of her best looks ever.
Brian O'Driscoll pictured with Amy Huberman
Brian O Driscoll and Amy Huberman on their wedding day at St Josephs Church in Aughavas Co Leitrim.
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman - instagram.
Brian O’Driscoll and wife Amy Huberman pictured at the launch of Newbridge Silverware’s Luna Collection by Amy
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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.

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman confirm their engagement in 2009.
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman confirm their engagement in 2009.

"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."

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman arrive on day six of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman arrive on day six of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Amy Huberman covers Image Magazine's January issue
Amy Huberman covers Image Magazine's January issue

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