Friday 17 January 2020

Amy Huberman on why being axed from US TV series was 'the best gift'

Amy Huberman
Amy Huberman
Amy Huberman

Sean O'Grady

Amy Huberman has said being axed from an American TV series ended up being a “gift” as she reckons she would not have had her daughter Sadie otherwise.

The Dublin woman (37) was cast in the NBC series Animal Practice and filmed the pilot episode in Los Angeles before she was informed she had been replaced by actress JoAnna Garcia.

Although she was incredibly disappointed by the cut, which came after she and husband Brian O’Driscoll had celebrated her role publicly, she now feels thankful it happened.

“It was the best gift in so many ways because that year we had Sadie and I don’t know if I would have otherwise,” she said.

“It was weird because I didn’t realise how that’s more of a factor sometimes in American television, that you could just get replaced. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s weird’. I had never experienced it and I was disappointed. There were certain things that just didn’t fit. When I look back on it, it taught me so much.”

The experience has changed the way the mum-of-two looks for work and she no longer lets herself get too upset if she’s rejected for a role .

“It changed the way I look at auditioning over there. I do it more to suit myself. I was shooting something at home that I loved and I was accidently there, I didn’t know it was pilot season and I went in thinking, ‘this is gas’. I had nothing to prove,” she told Jarlath Regan’s An Irishman Abroad podcast.

“The next year I went over I was trying to prove to myself I had to recoup something but when you have distance from that, you realise none of it matters. It’s either going to work or it’s not.”

The Can’t Cope Won’t Cope star explained she allows herself to be upset for a day or two before quickly moving on, if she misses out on a job.

“Sometimes the disappointments take you by surprise. This week I got really close to something I wanted and I actually surprised myself with my level of disappointment,” she said.

“Sometimes it can feel worse if you haven’t done something in a while and it feels like a lifeline to what you love doing.

“I allow myself to feel it but then you have to get over it. Moving on gets easier because you have to. It’s a currency of the game. No one wants to listen to somebody wallowing.

“I think it’s really important to be honest about the reality of it. I’ve had so many close calls.”

The actress also spoke about working in a coffee shop in London while she was on a break from filming RTE drama The Clinic.

Despite it not quite fitting in with the average perception of a telly star, the author and shoe designer said she loved the work.

“I loved those years. One of my favourite jobs was making coffees for people,” she said.

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