My cultural life: Kate Gilmore
Kate Gilmore (25) is from Artane in Dublin and is currently appearing in the musical Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman at the Gate theatre, directed by Selina Cartmell. She will next appear there in The Snapper next month. Kate trained at the Gaiety School of Acting and Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting and recent credits include Fair City, Striking Out (RTE), The Great Gatsby (Gate), The Train, Town is Dead (Abbey) and Breathless (Smock Alley Theatre), for which she won The Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2015. Kate is also a writer and won the ZeBBie award for Best Radio Play last year for her one woman show The Wickedness of Oz. She is an only child and single. Her Dad works for Dublin City Council and her Mum is a legal secretary.
Feud, which tells the story of the infamous spat betwixt Bette Davis and Joan Crawford is my most recent TV favourite. Susan Sarandon (above and Jessica Lange are divine as the icons and it's devastating in its subtle peeling back of Hollywood's glam veneer. In the same vein, I also adore RuPaul's Drag Race.
Design: Vera Wang
I just think you cannot get more iconic than Vera Wang Bridal. I've been stalking the website for many years and I even had my debs dress made as close to one of her classics as was financially possible for an unemployed 17-year-old from Artane with exceptionally generous, hard-working parents.
Film: Sister Act
For some unknown reason, at the age of three, I became obsessed with this film and enamoured by Whoopi Goldberg (above). It's a love that continues to burn to this day. I think she is one of the finest comedy actors of her generation. I have seen everything I can get my hands on featuring her and am always laughing on the edge of tears. My favourite type of humour.
Even harder than 'what's your favourite movie?' is 'what's your favourite song?' because for me it changes with my mood. Some days I can only stomach house music, some days I'm neck deep in Sondheim, and when I want to cry I listen to Hozier's first album. Cherry Wine always does the trick.
Book: The Snapper
I'm re-reading The Snapper novel in preparation for rehearsals and it's relevant and brilliant in comedically revealing the underlying strength of a working-class Dublin family and our heroine, Sharon, in dealing with the circumstances that lead to her pregnancy. I won't have a lot of time for reading, as throughout May I'm rehearsing The Snapper during the day, and performing in Assassins every night. The actor's dream!
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