Monday 14 October 2019

The loves of my life: Rebecca Grimes

 

Actor and writer Rebecca Grimes. Photo: Frank McGrath
Actor and writer Rebecca Grimes. Photo: Frank McGrath

The Dublin-born actor and writer chats to Chloe Brennan about her favourite people, places and things.

The person

My 10-year-old niece, Lola, is the most kind-hearted child I've ever met. She's an incredibly talented pianist and singer, and is destined for a life in the performing arts.

The memory

Being on a family holiday in LA when I was three or four. I remember the smell of the sunscreen.

The moment of the day

Sitting down for that second cup of coffee in the morning. The first cup is medicinal - I barely even taste it - but the second one, I really enjoy.

The song

Anthem by Leonard Cohen. It has my favourite song lyric of all time: There is a crack, a crack in everything - that's how the light gets in. I cried when I heard he had died. I'm sad I never got to see him play live.

The movie

Withnail and I is one of my all-time favourites. I find myself quoting it almost daily. Richard E Grant is so brilliant in it.

The book

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. Its a collection of essays compiled from Strayed's anonymous online advice column, Dear Sugar. She guides her writers through incomprehensible grief and suffering with such compassion. It's frank, honest and incredibly moving - I heaved with tears at parts of it.

The hero

My mother, Bev, is an amazing woman who lost both her parents by 16, and reared her three younger siblings singlehandedly. Then she went on to have four children of her own, and is now on to the grandchildren - she's a powerhouse, and has done it all with a wicked sense of humour.

The outfit

A red dress.

The accessory

There are two pieces I cherish - a gold necklace from Loulerie Dublin that says 'Rebecca' - my friends bought it for me for my birthday a few years ago; and my Chupi heart ring, which the same girls bought me for my 30th birthday.

The gadget

My iPhone. Unfortunately, it's rarely out of my hands, but it's a solid companion.

The hobby

I'm a qualified yoga instructor - I don't teach at the moment, but I do get to three or four classes a week. I also took up hiking in the new year - I've managed to do a hike every weekend since January.

The pet hate

Sexism. Misogyny. Racism. Ignorance. People who are rude to restaurant staff. After years of waitressing, this one is an immediate turn-off for me.

The beauty product

A Chanel matte-red lipstick. Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme in Ideal is my absolute favourite.

The friend

My oldest friend, of about 28 years, Mairead. We only ever refer to each other as 'friend', so I couldn't choose anyone else here. We have the best laugh together, and know each other inside out. There's nothing I couldn't tell her.

The holiday

I went Interrailing with Mairead about two years ago. We were easily 10 years older than everyone else who was doing it, but we had the time of our lives! We did nine countries in 14 days.

I did it again solo last year, visiting different cities, and I plan to do the same this summer, if I have time.

The hotel

The Dean hotel on Harcourt Street, in Dublin. But only with two of my nearest and dearest, Eimear Morrissey and Charlie Murphy. Whenever the three of us get together, we book in there, jump into our pyjamas and sit drinking Prosecco, catching up. It's bliss.

The piece of advice

What's for you won't pass you by. They are important words to remember in an industry where rejection is so common

The virtue

A strong work ethic is a quality I value in myself and others. I've had some type

of job since I was 13, and have never been afraid to roll up my sleeves and do whatever needs to be done.

The vice

Skyscanner [a flight price-comparison website] - I am forever googling flights and planning my next trip.

The taste

Any type of cheese. I don't eat meat, but I would find it incredibly hard to give up cheese!

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