Monday 14 October 2019

Me, myself and I: With Fair City actress Jenny Dixon

Jenny Dixon
Jenny Dixon
Jenny's jewellery
Jenny's favourite photo
Jenny's favourite photo
Jenny's chandelier
A picture of Thailand that Jenny's brother gave her

Actress Jenny Dixon reveals her passions and inspirations....

The book that changed my life

'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and it's all Small Stuff)' by Richard Carlson. It put me into a place of calm and perspective and gave me the courage to pursue other dreams with extra gusto! Then, more recently, 'Reflections on the Art of Living' by Joseph Campbell is just mind-blowing, enhancing all aspects of living!

The quote that keeps me sane

A poem my granny wrote for me is framed and on my wall. In terms of motivation quotes, I could listen to Will Smith and others of the like all day long - first thing in the morning; last thing at night; just before the gym; just after the gym, pretty much addicted. Quotes I like include: "Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality"; "What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday". The quote of impact changes every few days.

The best advice I've ever received

"You're good". Whether or not it was true a few years back when it was said to me I think is irrelevant. It was said with such genuineness and care. I fell in love with the notion that I could become great at this pursuit.

The film I've watched again and again

Hands down, 'Enchanted'. I don't often watch a film more than once, but this one is so, so great! Also, 'The Grinch' is another exception. Yes, I realise my choice in films is that of a small child.

The song I want played at my funeral

'Frown'. I am on such a motivational video buzz at the moment, I'd probably choose one of those set to motivational-achieve-all-your-dreams backing music, so everyone gets up and runs out and seizes life and every one of their ever-dismissed dreams and just goes for it.

The scent that evokes pleasant memories

Vanilla. I love this. Also… oh my god… fish and chips, especially when you're really hungry. Reminds me of being in Rush as a kid, going horse-riding and after a long day at the stables getting a bag of Joe's chipper chips! Nom.

The piece of furniture that will become an heirloom

My delicate white chandelier (1) in my bedroom, would that work? Furniture has yet to excite me and not sure it's expensive enough to be considered an 'heirloom'.

The picture that is worth a thousand words

A picture of my family home on Christmas Eve, lights on, snow outside (5). There's such a beautiful sense of magic and calm about it. Another is a picture of my granny, my mam and me (2), a three-generation photo. What stands out the most to me is how similar an essence/expression we all have in it and I love it.

The item that takes pride of place in my wardrobe

It changes, I'm fickle like that. At the moment it's high-waisted skirts and fitted crop tops. I have a Victoria's Secret nightdress which I pretty much love too, almost too good for sleeping in! I'm trying to downsize material possessions... and... failing.

The sentimental piece of jewellery

Sentimental and grandparents and jewellery just go hand in hand really don't they? A ring my granny gave me. But I also have a beautiful delicate pearl necklace (4) which was a gift given to me which I love.

The item I'd save in a fire

Is it awful to say my brand new swishy iPhone 5s? Yes it is awful… that could be replaced! A picture my brother brought me back from Thailand (3). There.

The characteristic I like most in myself

Just one? Kidding. Ok… I most like that I genuinely care about people and their well-being.

...And least

I am so determined/a perfectionist by nature that I have to continually remind myself to slow down, enjoy/smell the roses, and be in the moment more, appreciating the now and those around me more.

My first kiss

Smile! It was in Rush in Dublin. Never said/typed that before. But it was great. Swoon.

The last time I cried

Filming a scene where I was told Raymond (that's the lovely Mondo to everyone else normal!) had cheated on me. I loved filming that scene and when they said "cut, let's go to lunch", I was still sitting there, almost like "here guys, I'm still upset, don't just leave me!!" But they did! I got over it.

It was the best of times

Horse-riding treks in Gorey in Wexford on my summer holidays. Showjumping competitions in Rush in the summers. My first summer in LA by myself and meeting wonderful friends.

It was the worst of times

Favourite things/people from childhood slipping away.

The person I call when things go pear-shaped

My mam, 100pc. She has a degree in fixing everything!

My death row dinner

Fish and chips and a doughnut filled with custard! I'm hungry now.

My pet peeves

People excluding other people or not actively including them in social situations.

My four-legged friend

I used to walk a dog called Rags, a black border collie who I loved insanely. And I had fish - cold water and then tropical for several years. I fed them chopped-up carrots 'cos I read up on good organic nutrition for pets.

Jenny Dixon plays Kerri-ann Boyle in Fair City, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm.

Irish Independent

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