'I'm older now - I'm not stressed about cracking the US when I move,' says Aoibhinn McGinnity
She was over the moon after landing her first role in the US, but Irish actress Aoibhinn McGinnity is philosophical about her chances of long-term success across the water.
The Love/Hate star said age has given her a relaxed approach when it comes to her career and she will not be heart-broken if her big American break does not work out.
The Monaghan actress admitted she was surprised and delighted after she landed a role in HBO crime drama Quarry, which is expected to hit screens in Ireland and the US early next year.
And McGinnity (29) who will head back toAmerica in the New Year, said she has adopted a “take it as it comes” approach to her work.
“I am heading back over there at some stage after Christmas and I will have a few meetings and see what happens, but I am not overly stressed about it,” the actress told the Herald.
“I am that bit older now so I know how things work. I’m not expecting anything to happen overnight and everything that has happened over there has been so nice so I’m just taking it as it comes.
“If it works out and more work comes my way then great, but if not, that’s fine too,” she added.”
Best-known for her role as gangster’s wife Trish in smash hit crime drama Love/Hate, McGinnity is concentrating on domestic projects for the remainder of 2015 – and is also looking forward to a quiet Christmas at home in her native Monaghan.
“I have a few shorts coming up before Christmas so I am just working away at that and then I will be at home for a couple of weeks for Christmas, so I am really looking forward to that,” the actress told the Herald.
The brunette said her Christmas would be all about the quiet country life.
“For me, Christmas means the fire and dogs,” said McGinnity.
“I always love getting home for Christmas and hanging out with my family and friends and just relaxing and eating. That’s always a big deal for me.”
McGinnity made the decision to try to crack the US following her turn as Love/Hate’s Trish and a stint as Jovie in Elf The Musical.
Once she landed in America, the star wasted no time in signing with talent agencies Gersh and Bill Butler Management.
HBO series Quarry is based on the novels of the same name by Max Allan Collins and it follows the story of a US marine in Tennessee in the 1970s.
The actress plays the role of Marcy, the love interest of one of the criminal underworld leaders.
The show was picked up for eight episodes and is set to hit TV screens in 2016.
A regular on the Dublin social scene, the actress is looking forward to putting her feet up by the fire over the festive period.