ACTOR Jim Carrey has given his new Irish girlfriend a shoulder to cry on following the recent death of her father.
Hollywood star Carrey (50) has reportedly been dating 26-year-old Cathriona White for over a month and sources have said he is "completely smitten" with the make-up artist.
Ms White, who is from Cappawhite in Tipperary, moved to the US three years ago and has been making a life for herself both on and off screen in Los Angeles.
After training as a beauty therapist and working briefly in her native county, Ms White packed her bags for America in 2009 and has picked up small acting roles in the meantime.
She worked behind the scenes and in front of the camera on the set of online television show 'The Online Gamer' in 2010 and it is believed she was most recently seen working on the set of short film 'Firefly'.
It has been a difficult few weeks for her however, as she has been coping with the recent passing of her father, Pat White, following his battle with cancer. A source told the Irish Independent that the Tipperary-based family have been stricken by grief and that it has been especially tough for Cathriona.
Working so far away from home meant she was unable to return to Ireland to attend the funeral.
News of Ms White's relationship with the 'Ace Ventura' star surfaced yesterday, after photos taken of her with Carrey on a beach in Malibu last month were published online. A source said the relationship could prove extremely beneficial for White's career in LA.
"Cathriona is ambitious and is working as a make-up artist in Hollywood -- and she's already worked on many film sets since arriving in the States.
"She's very focused on making this work and will do anything she can to make sure she's successful. And dating Jim certainly can't hurt her career."
Carrey has been married twice before and split from actress Jenny McCarthy in 2010.