Sunday 24 March 2019

'Flipping fab day' for Amy Huberman as Striking Out lands TV deal in US

Amy huberman
Amy huberman
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

RTE's Striking Out might have divided critics in Ireland, but it appears to have struck gold in the US after landing a broadcast date on US television.

The legal drama, starring Amy Huberman, will start airing on streaming service Acorn TV on March 16 as the second series of the show begins its run on the site, which features British and Irish TV programmes.

Earlier this week, the petite actress (38) flew to Los Angeles with co-star Neil Morrissey for a day of publicity ahead of the show starting its second run in America.

The first series aired last year on St Patrick's Day and went down well.

Amy Huberman
Amy Huberman

Huberman looked her usual fashionable self in a red printed skirt by Rixo London and a white blouse as she attended the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association press tour.

The annual event sees the networks gather together the leading stars and producers of its programmes to discuss the season ahead.

Huberman was in good company, considering this year's line-up included some of the biggest names in acting such as Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss, Catherine Zeta Jones and Rose McGowan.

She said she had a "flipping fab day" as she turned on the charm to help promote the RTE show, which has been nominated for a string of accolades at the forthcoming IFTAs.

Huberman usually visits LA every year for "pilot season" as she continues to pursue her busy acting career and looks at future projects to get her teeth into.

Speaking about taking up the reins again on Striking Out, which filmed an extra two episodes last summer, she said it felt "really nice" to step back into the shoes of solicitor Tara Rafferty.

"It's also weird - it takes you a while to get back into the head space. I know it sounds all arty, but it does," she said.

"You really get stuck into it when you're doing it, and it was like full speed ahead last year and you're finding your way as you go.

"So this year there was definitely a comfort in us having done it before, and knowing each other, and knowing the crew, but getting your head back into the legal stuff as well, and being serious and looking like you know what you're doing - which is always the trick in most things."

Huberman initially got her foot in the door of American TV a few years ago after filming a pilot called Animal Practice. However, she admitted she was "floored" when the programme failed to get commissioned.

"It could happen again in a year or two that I don't get work, but that's OK," she said.

The mum-of-two said she was generally an upbeat kind of person and didn't like to dwell too much on things.

"Nobody has it all and I wouldn't want to portray my life as such either," she said.

"I'd say that I'm a positive person but nothing in life is perfect."


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