'I'm 30 years of age and it's the first time in my life I have money in the bank', reveals Sarah Greene
Published 06/05/2015 | 11:44
One imagines that being a famous actress is incredibly glamorous but Sarah Greene has revealed that it's not all it's cut out to be as she spent her most 20s being broke.
She was once a constant feature on the stage but the Penny Dreadful star is working on her film and TV career at the moment.
"Theatre is where I feel most comfortable. I actually didn't feel that comfortable on stage until the last few years," she explained.
"It's like an apprenticeship - you get better and better and I became very comfortable on stage.
"But I wanted to challenge myself again, so I started saying no to theatre jobs to make myself available for film and TV. It was scary. I didn't work for months," she added.
The Cork native admits that part of her decision to move on to both the small and silver screen was to establish some financial stability.
"My parents are getting a little older now and I'd love to look after them like they've looked after me," she said.
"You spend so long working in theatre and it's fantastic, but you do get tired of being broke all the time and living week to week.
"Doing a TV show gives you the freedom to pick and choose a bit more because you're not so worried about the next pay cheque.
"I'm 30 years of age and it's the first time of my life that I've had money in my bank account," she added.
While she's leaving theatre behind for a while, she admits that starring in the Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe and Pat Shortt helped her career massively.
"It was kind of a turning point for me - it put me on the map outside of Ireland," she said.
It put her on the map so much so that she caught the attention of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who took her to the Met Ball and she met Harvey Weinstein who cast her in upcoming flick, Adam Jones starring Jamie Dornan and Bradley Cooper.
"The Met Ball was very exciting. I never thought I'd be in Vogue or going to the Met Ball. Anna is a big fan of theatre and actresses and supports a lot of us," she said.
"I'm very lucky she saw the show and the next day I got an invite to the Met Ball. She's an incredible human being and when she takes an interest in you, she takes a passionate interest. That's the thing in the States, people want to help you and want you to do well - they're so generous," she added.