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Jane left starstruck by shared scene with Penn

DUBLIN model Jane Myers admitted she was "so starstruck" working with Sean Penn last month.

The First Option beauty (25) signed on to play the girlfriend of fellow Irish actor Simon Delaney in Penn's latest flick This Must Be The Place, where she met the Oscar winning star.

And while she only had one scene with the Hollywood actor, he did his best to alleviate her nerves by even arranging a meet and greet beforehand.

The Australian born model, who currently lives in Clontarf, said that she was "shocked" when she nabbed the coveted role.

Speaking to the Herald, Jane said: "When I met Sean Penn, he was so lovely, really chilled out and up for the banter. He was really nice. I was on set to complete a costume fitting, when his assistant came out and asked would I like to meet him. I said, 'of course' and we had a really nice chat."

The catwalk queen revealed that prior to her debut on set, several of the stars went out together to build up morale.

"Even before filming one night, we all went and had a drink together. I'm so glad we did that because I was so nervous being surrounded by Oscar winners," she said.

In addition to the Milk actor, Jane also schmoozed with fellow co-stars Frances McDormand and Bono's daughter Eve Hewson.

"It was really nice to see him [Penn] and Frances McDormand were so down to earth," she said. "Anything bad I've heard about them beforehand I now know is untrue.

"For my character, I play the ultimate blonde bimbo. I'm really excited to see it but it probably won't be out for another year.

"And Paolo Sorrentino is such an amazing director, it was great to be in the presence of such talented actors and such a great team."

Although she was spotted at just 18 years old when she was snapped up by First Option, Jane recently hung up her heels in favour of pursuing her acting career full time.

But in spite of working with some of Hollywood's biggest names, she has no intention of jumping ship to LA just yet.

"I'll definitely be here for the next six months to a year to build my career. After that, I might consider London to do more theatre. In this industry, you take all the work you can get," she said.

"But at the moment I'm working on a really great play called We Are All In The Gutters which focuses on people in their 20s and their experiences in Dublin pre-recession."

Her latest play is part of the Absolut Fringe Festival in the Smock Alley Theatre from September 13 to 18.

cmcbride@herald.ie


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