Sunday 4 December 2016

Amy Huberman wouldn't turn Sadie and Billy away from careers in showbiz

Published 07/08/2015 | 12:27

Brian O'Driscoll's wife Amy Huberman, with daughter Sadie, look on after the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Amy Huberman at the IFTAs.
Amy Huberman spotted outside Balfes Cafe at the Westbury Hotel showing off her new baby boy Billy to friends and fellow actor Liam Cunningham, Dublin
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman

It's a case of never say never when it comes to Amy Huberman's children following in her famous footsteps.

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As one of Ireland's most recognisable actresses, Amy is well used to the fame game both here and abroad with gigs for the Hallmark Channel in the US and Comedy Central in the UK under her belt.

And the IFTA-winning star, who has been married to rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll for five years, said she wouldn't be adverse to her children Sadie (two) and Billy (10 months), pursuing careers in the limelight when they grow up.

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Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman

"There are pros and cons to everything, But I also think if you want to try it - try it. Don't die wondering," she told the new issue of Irish Tatler.

"Yes, work your ass off and know that you will probably be disappointed 70pc of the time; actually 70pc is probably good odds. Try it, enjoy it, try not to take it too seriously."

Huberman, who also has a shoe line with Bourbon Footwear and has two best-selling novels to her name, said she is currently waiting for the greenlight from the Irish Film Board for a movie adaptation of I Wished For You.

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Amy Huberman at the IFTAs.
Amy Huberman at the IFTAs.

"What you have to tell yourself in those situations is that no one owes you anything," she added.

"The universe doesn't owe you anything. Yes, there is disappointment, but you get hardened to it.

"The secret is to find a way that you are hardened to it, but not cynical about it."

In the interview, she also revealed her distaste for the word WAG, describing it as "derogatory".

Brian O'Driscoll's wife Amy Huberman, with daughter Sadie, look on after the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Brian O'Driscoll's wife Amy Huberman, with daughter Sadie, look on after the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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“I hated being labelled a WAG when Brian was playing,” she said. "People would say: ‘Why do you care? It means you’re his wife.’ But it doesn’t.

"Yes, you can break down every word, but essentially it is derogatory and it’s definitely not nice. The word WAG is about putting women in their place.

"I just think it’s a tacky word and it’s lazy labelling. Like we can’t function unless we compartmentalise women into categories.

"Brian doesn’t like it either," she added.

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