Saturday 18 November 2017

The actress the country is talking about but 'Amber' star Lauryn Canny is rejected from school-play

A scene from the new RTE drama 'Amber'. Photo: Patrick Redmond
A scene from the new RTE drama 'Amber'. Photo: Patrick Redmond
Lauren Canny who plays Amber
A scene from the new RTE drama 'Amber'. Photo: Patrick Redmond
Eva Birthistle with Levi O’Sullivan, who plays Eamon Bailey, in Amber
David Murray and Eva Birthistle in Amber
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

The face of RTÉ’s hard-hitting drama ‘Amber’ may be on the verge of global stardom, but not even that can guarantee you a part in the school-play.

Actress Lauryn Canny, who plays the role of missing teenager Amber in the four-part series, auditioned for her school’s annual play ‘The Wizard of Oz’ last month but wasn’t successful.

As well as her part in the much-anticipated drama, Lauryn is set to hit cinema screens worldwide later this year with her role of a war photographer’s daughter in ‘A Thousand Times Goodnight’ starring Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche.

The rising actress will also work aside U2’s Larry Mullen in the film that has already won top prize at the Montreal Film Festival. 

But even six weeks filming with an award-winning cast couldn’t guarantee Lauryn a part in the school drama at Saint Mac Dara’s Community College in Templeogue, Dublin.

“It’s funny,” Lauryn told the Sunday World, “I’d have loved to have been in it [the school play] because I love acting, but I didn’t mind.”

The 15-year-old is relieved ‘Amber’ has finally hit the small screen, joking that her friends were beginning to doubt her.

“The weird thing about Amber is that it was filmed when I was 12, nearly three years ago, so I think I look completey different,” she said.

“I’m just glad it is finally coming out as friends were stating to question if it actually existed. Now they’ll know I wasn’t lying all these years,” she continued.

“Ever since the ads stated going out on TV I’ve been getting lots of people asking about it, so I imagine school next week will be a lot of fun.”

Lauren Canny who plays Amber

Big sister to Laila (3) and Daisy (2), Lauryn said she will always stay the ‘same girl’ if she becomes successful.

“I am still the same girl I was last week though, and my friends know that. People assume I will be different and that I am minted. Hopefully that day will come,” she said.

“I love shopping and I love going out with my friends, so I hope I do make money and a career out of this.

“Since the first day I stepped onto the set of ‘Amber’ three years ago, I knew I wanted to become an actress, I’m no good at anything else so it had better work out.”

‘Amber’, starring David Murray and Eva Birthistle as the teenager’s parents, will show the third episode on RTÉ 1 at 9.35pm tonight.

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