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The four-minute interview: actor and writer Amy Conroy


Amy Conroy

Amy Conroy

Amy Conroy

Amy Conroy on her best decade, secret skills, love and regret

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

I'm in my early thirties and feel like I've found where I'm going creatively, so this decade.

What was the worst moment of your life?

I was about twelve and ate a cheese sandwich which had been out in the sun for two days.

What secret skill or talent do you have?

I can wiggle my ears - a highly underrated skill.

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

Michael Jackson Bad.

What was the last lie you told?

That my writing was going great as I sat looking out the window at the rain.

What do you consider the greatest work of art?

Ecce Homo, a portrait of Jesus which was restored so badly by the Spanish painter Cecilia Gimenez that it is now known as Monkey Jesus. I love it for being so outrageously bad.

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

Temper-Mental MissElayneous, a young Dublin rapper and hip hop artist.

What is your greatest regret?

Missing the Eurythmics when they toured here. I'm still raging.

What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Friday Night Lights, an American drama about a high school football team in Texas. I started watching for research and now I'm hooked. It's the right side of woeful as far as I'm concerned.

Who is/was the love of your life?

The loves of my life are my family and friends.

What is your present state of mind?

A bit panicked. I've a show in the Tiger Dublin Fringe and am getting everything ready.

What are the consolations of getting older?

Listening to really bad music and pretending it's ironic.

What living heroes or heroines do you have?

My whole family, because they're strong and incredibly funny. They rock.

What is your best chat up line?

I don't have a chat up line. Instead I slag them off relentlessly until I finally wear them down.

What is the best lesson life has taught you?

We're here for a good time and not for a very long time. Make it count.

Amy Conroy stars in Dowager's new show, Bernarda's House, which runs at Project Arts Centre until September 13 as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014. fringefest.com

Sunday Independent