Saturday 14 December 2019

Me, Myself and I...with the actress Kelly Campbell

'My cat is a constant companion'

ME, MYSELF & I: Kelly Campbell.
ME, MYSELF & I: Kelly Campbell. PIC: DAVE MEEHAN
No 1: Silver ring which is sentimental.
No 5. French chandelier
No 4 - the story chair.
No 3. Famine by Liam O'Flaherty.
No 2. Kelly Campbell's long black velvet coat.

The actress and writer on her favourite Rudyard Kipling quote and why she wants her funeral song to be played on a crappy tape player.

The book that changed my life

Famine by Liam O'Flaherty (3). This masterpiece, now out of print, once had a place in nearly every Irish household. I first read it when I was 19. O'Flaherty, a key figure in the Irish Renaissance, is not as celebrated as he should be.

The quote that keeps me sane

If by Rudyard Kipling. "If you can dream- and not make dreams your master / If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim / If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster / And treat those two impostors just the same."

The best advice I've ever received

"Care, but not too much." My dad has given me some great advice over the years. He has a brilliant business mind. It is important to be able to walk away.

The film I've watched again and again

I love all Michael Haneke's films. The Piano Teacher is a favourite. Isabelle Huppert, who plays the central role, is one of my favourite actors.

The song I want played at my funeral

The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go?. I'd like it to be played on a really crappy tape player.

The scent that evokes pleasant memories

Opium perfume. My aunt Flossy used to wear it. It reminds me of going off on adventures with her as a child.

The piece of furniture that will become an heirloom

I have a French chandelier (5) that I really love. I bought it in an antique shop in Dublin that closed down a good few years ago.

The picture that is worth a thousand words

I love a photo of my mum sitting on the coast road in Clontarf. My dad took it of her when he was taking her out on a date.

The item that takes pride of place in my wardrobe

I've a long black velvet coat (2) that belongs to my mother. She had it made in Paris in the 1960s. Throw it on and you instantly look like you are going to the opera.

The sentimental piece of jewellery

A silver ring (1) my father gave me in my early twenties. It is inscribed with the words "La vita e un dono" - life is a gift. And it is.

The item I'd save in a fire

The story chair (4). My mum or dad would sit in it and read stories to us as kids. They got it in a skip. I have it in my house. Oscar Wilde's children's stories were my favourite.

The characteristic I like most in myself

My friends tell me that I talk straight. I never mastered the art of beating around the bush. I value authenticity.


My over-seriousness. My nickname should be "frown-face". I'm a bit of a goth at heart.

My first kiss

My best friend, Emily. Does practice count? It was a dare. Girls might be better kissers than boys.

The last time I cried

I'm reading Wuthering Heights again. I'm a desperate romantic. "I am Heathcliff." That gets me every time.

It was the best of times

I had a very good time shooting Bachelors Walk. I don't know if we all fully appreciated at the time how special it was to be making that show together.

It was the worst of times

I didn't have much fun when my house crumbled under the flood rain last summer. The ceilings collapsed, Clery's style.

The person I call when things go pear-shaped

My mum and dad. I am blessed to have two very wise and loving parents.

My death-row dinner

Chips with chips on the side. And I'd like ketchup for the sugar rush.

Pet Peeves

Eating meat. The slaughter of animals for human consumption, it doesn't make any sense to me.

My four-legged friend

My cat, Wednesday. She is a constant companion, and very vocal about things. I am the concierge; she refuses to use the cat flap when I'm around.

Kelly Campbell is a founding director of Bewley's Café Theatre, Dublin. She recently completed her first screenplay, Famine, which is in development with Blinder Films, with funding support by The Irish Film Board. She is currently working on a short film, Quarantine, which she has written and will also direct

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