Sunday 16 June 2019

Ronan Keating and Yvonne Connolly's daughter Missy to audition on The Voice UK

Missy Keating at the 2018 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Missy Keating at the 2018 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Fans of The Voice UK will be keeping their eyes peeled in the coming weeks - as Yvonne Connolly and Ronan Keating's daughter Missy is set to appear on the show.

Unsure of when the footage will air, Yvonne kept mum yesterday about how her 17-year-old daughter fares on the ITV show.

"You'll have to watch it," she said, speaking to the Herald.

"I went over with her. I was kind of nervous because so much goes on before the actual audition.

Missy Keating at the #3Disco area at Electric Picnic. PictureBrian McEvoy
Missy Keating at the #3Disco area at Electric Picnic. PictureBrian McEvoy

"There was a lot involved, but it is a great experience."

Yvonne said at first she was reluctant for Missy to enter the showbiz world but soon realised she couldn't hold her daughter back when she was so talented.

Yvonne Connolly and daughter Missy Keating at the Irish premiere of The Happy Prince at the Stella Theatre in Rathmines, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Yvonne Connolly and daughter Missy Keating at the Irish premiere of The Happy Prince at the Stella Theatre in Rathmines, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"Whatever Missy wants to do, I do," she added.

"For years she was acting in the Gaiety Theatre doing lessons and I wouldn't let her audition. I didn't want the kids going into show business.

Missy Keating at the Miss Universe Ireland 2017 finals at The Mansion House. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Missy Keating at the Miss Universe Ireland 2017 finals at The Mansion House. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

"If they want to do it when they're older, then they absolutely can but I want them to be old enough to make their own decisions.

"Then I remember we went to LA years ago and she did this course which was like a Lee Strasberg course - which is a very famous school out there - and they put on a show and we went to see it.

"I just went 'oh God' - she was great and she came alive on stage. So we came back to Dublin and I just said, 'Knock yourself out'.

"She did and a few auditions later she got a lead in a movie, and she loves it.

"For some people, it is a real outlet and it's like a therapy. It is fantastic for her."

While Missy is focusing on her music career, Yvonne reckons acting will always be the teenager's first love.

"I think she will ultimately always go back to acting," she said. "I think singing is something she enjoys, so did I encourage her? Yeah. I was like 'follow your dreams' but I have a funny feeling when she does her Leaving Cert, she will go back to acting."

Actress Saoirse Ronan recently spoke about how her mother's presence on set saved her from being taken advantage of.

Yvonne said she thought it was important for a parent to chaperone their children if they are working in that environment.

She said she had heard "horror stories" from other parents of young actors.

"Well, we never hit Hollywood - yet," said Yvonne.

"Nothing really happened to us but we worked with other kids on set whose parents had some horror stories and they had been in Hollywood.

"I think it is important for a parent to be there."

Yvonne was speaking yesterday as she teamed up with Alpro, which has found that two in three Irish people don't realise how much sugar is in breakfast foods. It has launched a new oat milk as an alternative.

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