Wednesday 20 February 2019

'I'd love to star in film I'm writing - but I have to resist taking all the best lines' - Amy Huberman

Amy Huberman at the IFTAs.
Amy Huberman at the IFTAs.
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman

Elaine McCahill

Never one to rest on her laurels, actress and screenwriter Amy Huberman says she's working on a screenplay for a new movie and already has her dream cast in mind.

The new mum is working on adapting her second novel, I Wished For You, for the silver screen.

"It's called Bolt and it's based on the second book - even though it's quite different," she told the Herald.

"I love it and it's a great experience. It's a female-led romantic comedy and it's about a woman who has commitment issues. It's a different format to my background which is writing books and even though I read hundreds of scripts for auditions, it was different putting all of that into words, literally, myself.

BABY

"It's still at very early stages, we're on the second draft at the moment, so it's only a baby," she added.

While it's still early days, it is thought that the film will go into production this year - supported by the Irish Film Board - and that Amy (35) hopes to star in it herself.

"I'd like to star in it, that's the goal. It would be great fun," she said. "It's amazing to be able to write for yourself and that's been fun. You do get selfish and you have to remind yourself not to take all the good lines," she laughed.

The Stag actress hinted that her friend, former Love/Hate actress Ruth Bradley, is high on her list of people she'd like to feature in it.

"You want to attract a really good cast too," she admitted.

"My goal is to write strong female characters, that was at the heart of it. Ruth is right up there, she's a very close friend of mine and a great comedic actress. I haven't told her yet but she's definitely up there."

While the busy mum was working in Dublin, hubby Brian O'Driscoll (35) was soaking up the sunshine in Abu Dhabi playing golf as part of a pro-am game that took place before the start of the HSBC Golf Championship.

ROUTINE

Amy gave birth to their son Billy last November and admits it was easier to get back into a routine the second time around after giving birth to their daughter, Sadie, in February, 2013.

"There's been a lot of late nights, but that's part of the joy I suppose," she admitted.

"We're coming out of the initial survival mode now, this time around we're just getting on with it too. Things kind of go back to normality sooner, because they have to," she added.

Amy was back at work yesterday at the launch of the Irish Film Board's strategy and plans for 2015.

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