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The Four-Minute Interview - actress Caitriona Ennis


Caitriona Ennis

Caitriona Ennis

Caitriona Ennis

What's been the best decade of your life so far and why?

I'm 26, and my twenties have been a roller coaster of amazing times.

What was the worst moment of your life?

I woke up to a loud buzzing while performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and found wasps in my hair. I'd gone to bed with my window open. I'm allergic to wasps. A nightmare.

What secret skill or talent do you have?

My party trick is making the shape of a shamrock with my tongue.

If there was one song you associated with your youth, what would it be?

The minute I hear anything by the Spice Girls, I'm back at my desk in school eating my lunch from my Spice Girls lunch box.

What was the last lie you told?

I told my niece Mia I had to go to bed at nine o'clock too so she wouldn't go home in a huff.

What do you consider the greatest work of art?

At the moment, it's The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo. She was a powerhouse of an artist.

Which local star in any field should the world outside of Britain and Ireland know about?

A young Dublin band, The Hot Sprockets, who I think are the absolute bomb.

What is your greatest regret?

Not listening to my mum when she told me to open a savings account.

What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Crisps and cheese together.

Who is/was the love of your life?

My dad Christy, he's the apple of my eye.

What is your present state of mind?

I feel very blessed. I am doing what I love to do, and my friends and family are all well.

What are the consolations of getting older?

Finding love and happiness and having children.

What living heroes or heroines do you have?

The actress Maureen O'Hara, who is still going strong at 94 and has a great fighting spirit.

What is your best chat up line?

"Are you well, because you're looking well." But it's something my friends and I say to each other instead of 'Hello.' It's for the craic instead of being a chat up line.

What is the best lesson life has taught you?

My mum told me there's no such thing as a mistake as long as I learn from it.

Caitriona Ennis stars in Spinning by Deirdre Kinahan (Fishamable: The New Play Company) opening at Smock Alley Theatre on October 1 as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2014.


Sunday Independent