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Body and soul: Emma Eliza Regan

My parents are . . .

always very good to one another and very sweet to each other. My dad has a pub and they run it together. The house I grew up in . . . was the village pub, so I was always around lots of characters. I always had my eyes and ears open.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . Sonia O’Sullivan. I also wanted to dance or act or do something related to fashion.

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . articulate myself better sometimes. I’m very quiet and people misunderstand it.

You wouldn't know it but I’m very good at . . . anything where I can express myself, and I like writing. I’m also quite good at sport and ran in the All-Ireland competitions until I was about 15.

You may not know it but I’m no good at . . . sleeping. I’m a very bad sleeper, I wish I could laze around all day and have nothing on my mind.

At night I dream of . . . very abstract things. I do dream but I don’t usually remember them. When I look in the mirror I see . . . a bit of a mystery. I’m a mystery to myself, that’s my problem, I’m too deep!

My favourite item of clothing is . . . my granny’s cardigan, which I stole from her and have now personalised. I bring it everywhere with me and use it as a pillow and a blanket on trains and planes. It’s way too big for me and is a beautiful pale pink colour. She didn’t mind me stealing it as she said I looked too cold.

I wish I’d never worn . . . my school uniform, it was bottle green. I love fashion so I hated being restricted in my self-expression by having to wear a uniform.

I drive . . . a tractor — once — and that was as far as I got with driving. I live in London most of the time, so I walk or get public transport everywhere.

My house is . . . in Dublin at the moment while the production in the Abbey is going on.

My favourite work of art . . . I have a few favourites. My favourite modern artist is Aideen Barry — she mixes paintings with video installations. I also love all the Impressionists.

A book that changed me . . . was John O’Donoghue’s Anam Cara. I found it very inspiring. At the moment I’m reading Joseph O’Connor’s latest book, Ghost Light there is a character in the book who is a tenement girl and is somewhere between me and the character I’m playing in The Plough and the Stars.

My greatest regret is . . . not saying something that I should have said.

My real-life villain is . . . I try to figure out why people do the things they do. I’ve got so much chaos going on in my own head that I don’t have the time to hate other people.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . Laurence Kinlan, he’s the joker of the cast in The Plough and the Stars.

The last time I cried . . . was about an hour ago. I was in the dressing room, thinking too much. I cry all the time. I’m very emotional.

My five-year plan is . . . to expand myself and to continue working as an actor. I’ve been really lucky in the last year to have worked with people who I’ve really clicked with, and with whom I can really open up.

My life philosophy is . . . to follow my intuition. I sometimes make crazy decisions based on that philosophy but they always work out.

The Plough and the Stars runs in the Abbey Theatre until September 25 See www.abbeytheatre.ie or call 01 887 2200