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Saturday 24 February 2018

Bono's little girl has found just what she's looking for

Richie Taylor

She may not be instantly recognisable but there's something about up-and-coming Irish actress Eve Hewson that suggests it's only a matter of time before her name appears in lights. Perhaps it's the combination of her mother's stunning looks and her dad's desire to perform.

Although Bono and Ali have always ensured that their children stay out of the showbiz spotlight, the glamorous second child of rock's first couple is determined to make her mark in the world, on her terms.

The 19-year-old is currently filming her second movie in Dublin with Hollywood star Sean Penn, but she won't be spotted out on the town.

As one U2 insider puts it: "She's a bit of an enigma. She seems to have a very tight-knit circle of friends who look after her and help her to keep a low profile whenever she's out socialising or working. Most people don't even know what she looks like. But she's a very self-confident young woman and has the same friends that she had back in her school days. They've all stayed very close and meet up as often as they can.

"While she has definitely inherited her mum's looks, she's actually much more like her dad in her desire to perform and be the centre of attention.

"She's no shrinking violet and she does like to party. She's anything but shy, especially around Bono's celebrity pals and politicians.

"It's no coincidence that Bono dedicated the U2 song 'Party Girl' to her on stage in Milan at a concert last year. It was her birthday and Eve then clambered up through the crowd to join him on stage."

At the time, a shocked-looking Bono declared: "Oh my God, she's here. This is not the shy one. We're all shy in our house except for Evie."

He then asked the crowd to join in singing 'Happy Birthday' to the delighted girl, while drummer Larry Mullen poured a couple of glasses of champagne for Eve and her proud dad. Father and daughter then danced together on stage.

"She is incredibly self-confident and has said she wants to be like her dad, except she plans to make her name in the film world instead," said the U2 confidant.

"She actually starred in her first film before she had turned 17. Her mother and father have encouraged both her and her big sister Jordan (20) to follow their dreams and pursue whatever career they want. Jordan is studying history and politics in an American university, the name and location of which is being kept secret for security reasons."

Eve certainly can handle herself. When she was 16, she and her sister went to the Oxegen music festival. The low-profile pair managed to go from stage to stage and hang out in the VIP area without attracting attention. But in an upmarket burger bar backstage, Eve was chatted up by one unsuspecting guy, who works in TV. After a few minutes, Eve raised her voice and declared loudly: "You do know I'm only 16, don't you?" Exit one red-faced rejected Romeo.

That same year, Eve and Ali did a joint interview, and the teen told the reporter that she thought her dad was "boring". She added: "He's kind of boring really. And sometimes when he drives us to school he just wears his dressing gown and has the music turned up really loud."

At the same time, in a separate interview, Bono revealed: "We're very gypsy-like in our family. And my kids travel well. In fact, during this last year of touring we've never been as close as a family. We got a tutor for the older kids and their schoolwork went up. The headmaster said their homework had improved."

Bono and Ali have always made their children's education a priority. Eve shot her debut film, The 27 Club, during her transition year -- in the school holidays.

In April 2008, the film was screened at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York. While Bono was busy for the premiere, a proud Ali accompanied Eve on the red carpet.

Although Eve had only a small role, she received positive reviews for her portrayal of hitchhiker Stella.

While The 27 Club was a low-budget film, her second movie, the €21m This Must Be The Place, stars Oscar-winners Sean Penn and Frances McDormand. Eve plays a young goth-punk who befriends Penn's ageing goth-rocker who's on a personal journey to find a Nazi officer who tortured his father.

Eve and Penn got to spend time together before filming when she attended a birthday party that Bono threw for the actor in Dublin a couple of weeks ago.

She was seen enjoying the craic at a traditional music bash upstairs in O'Donoghue's Pub on Merrion Row, and later at the La Stampa venue on Dawson Street.

One onlooker said: "She looked like she was enjoying herself and was certainly enjoying the music and chatting away with Sean Penn's son Hopper and his daughter Dylan.

"She wasn't getting any special attention and was happy mixing easily. It was a good move for her to get to know Sean in advance of filming and to meet his family."

If she continues to on her starry way, it won't be long before we get to know all about Eve.

Irish Independent

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