Wednesday 28 September 2016

Sin City star Rosario Dawson reveals Irish roots during mini-break to Dublin

Published 16/05/2016 | 16:16

Actress Rosario Dawson meeting the four Budweiser Dream Big competition finalists at The Dean Hotel. Picture: Anthony Woods
Actress Rosario Dawson meeting the four Budweiser Dream Big competition finalists at The Dean Hotel. Picture: Anthony Woods
Actress Rosario Dawson meeting the four Budweiser Dream Big competition finalists at The Dean Hotel. Picture: Anthony Woods
Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson in Sin City
Actress Rosario Dawson meeting the four Budweiser Dream Big competition finalists at The Dean Hotel. Picture: Anthony Woods

Actress Rosario Dawson has revealed her affinity for Ireland.

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The Sin City star (37) is making the most of a work trip to Dublin by extending her stay to Wednesday and travelling around Dublin.

The star dined at Dylan McGrath's Fade Street Social  on Sunday night and has plans to soak up the atmosphere in the capital over the coming days.

"It's my third time here," she said. "I'll be doing the same thing I have been getting up to here - really great food, great people, dancing and music.

"It's sunny today - which is a major news thing - the other times I've been here, it was really sunny as well. I love the rolling green hills, it's just beautiful."

The mother-of-one told Independent.ie it's her third time in Ireland having previously travelled here to trace her roots.

Actress Rosario Dawson meeting the four Budweiser Dream Big competition finalists at The Dean Hotel. Picture: Anthony Woods
Actress Rosario Dawson meeting the four Budweiser Dream Big competition finalists at The Dean Hotel. Picture: Anthony Woods

"I really need to travel a lot more. I've only been here for a few days at a time," she added. "As small as Dublin is, there's still a lot to see.

"It's fun for me because my biological father is Irish and I never got to know him, but for me it was always one of the reasons I came here a few years ago and why I come again. For me, I love the idea of dreaming big and going to America [for the campaign]. For me, the best part is I get to come to Ireland again and enjoy that."

The Daredevil star made the surprise trip to Dublin as part of Budweiser's Dream Big campaign and said she never thought growing up she'd become an actress.

"I really liked singing and dancing, I loved performing," she explained. "My mom sings so I wrote my first song when I was six. I had this Big Bird phonograph player and I'd sit the whole family down and make them sit down and watch my interpretations of Bert and Ernie. My mom had this drawer of scarves and I'd make these outfits of scarves.

Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson

"I loved doing it, but I didn't think of it as a career option - probably because I grew up around a bunch of starving artists and thought I'd prefer to pay my bills. I was very practical and really into math, science and engineering.

"Then I got asked if I wanted to be in a movie and crazily I said yes. My family let me do it and I ended up getting an agent from it, it kept going and I kept expecting the 'Apollo hook' to yank me off stage. 21 years later, I still want to do this. I'm really grateful because it was one of those dreams that I had that I wanted to go after.

"I wonder if I went to college would I have discovered it then and I would have fallen in love with theatre or would it have passed me by. I feel really lucky."

Members of the public are encouraged to vote for finalists of Budweiser's Dream big campaign at www.buddreambig.ie.

Rosario Dawson in Sin City
Rosario Dawson in Sin City

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