'My dad opened doors - but it's also a hindrance', says Eve

Eve Hewson is currently starring in new BBC drama The Luminaries, which was filmed in New Zealand

Lynne Kelleher

Eve Hewson has revealed her famous name has been both a help and a hindrance in her screen career.

The 28-year-old moved to New York 10 years ago to study at the prestigious Tisch School of Arts and has appeared in a number of TV and film roles over the past decade.

The youngest daughter of Bono, who is currently starring in new BBC drama The Luminaries, admitted her name has probably opened doors for her.


However, she told the Radio Times that she also gets underestimated as an actress because of her father's fame.

"In the beginning I think it was easier for me to get in the door," she said.

"Some of the friends I went to Tisch with are the most talented actors but have found it difficult to get an agent or an audition.

"That's never been a problem for me, and I think that's because of my family.

"That's not the way the system should work, of course, but if the door is open, walk through the door."

She said having a famous father also has its downsides.

"It can then become a bit of a hindrance because they can't separate you from your father or see you as an individual," she said.

"Often they have very low expectations and they really don't think you're going to be good.

"Then you are quite good and they're quite surprised."

At the start of her career, she said her parents warned her about the pitfalls of acting.

"They were vocal about its downsides - unpredictability, instability," she added.

"They were trying to prepare me for a lifetime of rejection and there have been times I've said to them, 'You were right, this was not the smartest move'.

"I've announced I'm going into early retirement a million times over family dinners."

She said she took time off after spending six months filming The Luminaries in New Zealand with plans to go back to acting in March.

"Then of course March came around and that absolutely didn't happen so I'm never going to say anything like that again," she said.

The actress, who lives in Brooklyn, flew back to Ireland on March 16. She has spent the pandemic with her parents and siblings in Dublin.

"It's like a throwback to my teenage years but it's been great," she said.

"Everybody is usually always so busy with their own lives and careers so it's been lovely to spend all this time together - and nobody has killed each other yet."