Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ronan promises to keep singing after his 'risky' acting debut

Ronan Keating and British actress Laura Michelle Kelly at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday. Photo: Getty Images
Ronan Keating and British actress Laura Michelle Kelly at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday. Photo: Getty Images

Lucy Bogustawski in Cannes

RONAN Keating yesterday admitted the decision to cast him in his first film was a "risk".

The recently separated singer will star in the upcoming musical 'Goddess' alongside British actress Laura Michelle Kelly.

Keating was at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday to promote the movie which was directed by Australian Mark Lamprell.

The Boyzone frontman said his debut role as an actor does not mean he will leave music behind.

"I'm finishing an album at the moment that will come out in August," said the 35-year-old father of three.

"I hope I can do the two in tandem, I would like to think so.

"It just needs someone to believe in me again like Mark believed in me. It's a risk taking someone who's a musician and putting them into a film."

Keating also revealed he auditioned for Peter Jackson's film 'The Hobbit' but wasn't successful.

'Goddess' is a romantic comedy featuring more than 15 songs.

Shot in Sydney and Tasmania last year, it tells the story of young English mum Elspeth Dickens, played by Kelly, who is stuck in a remote farmhouse in southern Australia with her twin toddlers while her marine scientist husband James, played by Keating, is away studying whales.

Lonely and isolated, she installs a webcam over her kitchen sink and sings songs about domestic drudgery to the World Wide Web. When she becomes an internet sensation she has to choose between fame and family or risk losing it all.

Kelly and Keating said they both had a lot of fun on set and definitely now have the "film bug".

Keating, who is currently working as a judge on Australian 'X Factor', added: "It was a very different experience.

"I've made a load of music videos, but dealing with dialogue and with other people, and reacting to them and things they say to you, it's a whole other minefield," he said.

Dilemma

Kelly who has starred in a number of musicals including 'Mary Poppins', said she was "really chuffed" when she heard she would be starring alongside the singer.

The 31-year-old said she was attracted to the 'Goddess' script because of the dilemma her character faces.

"I was very excited about the idea of a woman at home, just a normal person, being creative and trying to decide about who she is. Is she a mother, is that all she is? And finding out who she is."

Irish Independent

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