Amy Huberman is an actress, author and designer. She has starred in hit TV shows The Clinic, Threesome and Can't Cope, Won't Cope, written two bestselling novels, and has also designed jewellery and shoes. She is married to former Ireland rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll and the couple live with their two children, Sadie and Billy, in south Dublin.
What's your earliest memory?
Standing up in my cot and turning the light on and off to get attention. I don't know if it's become a fabricated memory based on my mum telling it. I hadn't learned how to bend my legs to get back down myself so I must have been really young. But I have a clear memory of peeking around the door frame waiting for a response. Well, I went on to make a full career out of that so it's not surprising!
What was the first book you loved?
The first book I re-read a zillion times was The BFG. I loved how irreverent and fun it was, pure imagination and other- worldliness. It kickstarted a lifelong love of Roald Dahl.
What's your best holiday memory?
Freedom, laughter, huddled in towels after sea swims with the promise of chipper chips. Usually on camping holidays.
What is your biggest fear?
Time. Time frightens me. The speed of it, the lack of grasp we can hold on it. Running out of it. Regret of misspent time.
What are you most proud of?
My kids. I'm endlessly proud of their hearts.
What's your least attractive quality - and your most?
Giving fuel to worrying about needless, transient, flippant things. The older I get, the more I'm confronting that. I hope people would say I'm kind.
What's the first thing you'd do if you were Taoiseach?
Deal with our ongoing housing and homeless crises. Also tackle healthcare issues and hospital beds.
What's your biggest insecurity?
Feeling like an imposter. Again, the older I get the more I'm trying to actively temper that and occupy my own space. Other people have their journey. Mine is my own.
Who would you most like to go for a pint with?
I just listened to the SuperSoul Conversation with Oprah and Michelle Obama so currently them! I love their insight, humour and positivity. We'd have great craic in Coppers.
What fictional character do you most identify with?
The BFG? I'm not tall enough. Actually, I think all of us have felt at some stage on the outside, chasing dreams.
What is your most treasured possession?
I was going to say my family but I don't possess them. As much as I'd like to... then I'd be assured my kids would live with me forever! If it is a possession, then agency and my freedom. I value and am endlessly grateful for that.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate first thing in the morning with a cup of tea. It's how I start every single day, but I have absolutely no guilt.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
I love how Amy Poehler articulated "good for her, not for me". I think we can apply it to men, women, anyone! We live in a society where looking over our shoulder is exacerbated by social media. We can judge ourselves so harshly based on the choices and lives of others.
What item in your wardrobe do you wear the most?
Probably my leather jacket. I've had it almost 10 years. I must do something to celebrate our anniversary.
Who are your heroes?
My parents. Only since becoming a parent myself do I know now the sacrifices they made for myself and my brothers. Also, that light-turning-on thing: total heroes.
When did you last cry and why?
I love a good cry! I cry at songs, books, movies...
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Maybe a Whitney Houston ballad. The actress in me would love if everyone was bawling.
What are you going to do right after this interview?
I'm going to get all the admin I ignored while I was filming done (Who am I kidding? I'll send two emails), then collect the kids.
What keeps you awake at night?
It's usually if I know I have a really busy patch coming up. Annoyingly, my brain loves list-making really late at night in an attempt for me to feel like I have some sense of control. It's wreaking havoc with my beauty sleep. But I have very pretty Post-its with fancy handwriting.
What's your greatest passion in life?
Writing. Storytelling. Trying to find humour in the banal and the everyday and build meaning on and around it.
If you had to choose only three adjectives to describe yourself, what would they be?
Chatty, emotional, curious. Curiosity can be the kickstarter of so much adventure. I was going to say 'indecisive' but I changed my mind...
What's your favourite film?
I cannot for the life of me commit to one. The most recent movie I watched in the cinema was 1917 and what an experience. I can't fathom what they achieved that from a technical filming perspective. I also loved Little Women.
What's the last TV show you binge-watched?
I've just started This Is Us and I can't wait to get stuck in. I've already cried twice. I know I'm going to love it...
What's the phone app you use most?
A toss-up between Audible and Instagram.
One piece of advice you would give your 18-year-old self?
Quit trying to seek so much approval.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Sending positive vibes. How cool would that be if you literally could send positive vibes to someone you know was feeling low? I guess it's like a 'Care Bear stare', really.
What does your dream weekend look like?
Friends, family, dinner out, lying on the couch, a sleep-in (LOL), maybe a walk if it isn't sideways rain in a hurricane.
What job would you be terrible at?
A computer programmer. I can barely do online banking.
Amy Huberman's SS20 Bourbon shoe collection is available at premium stores nationwide and bourbonfootwear.com
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