Monday 19 February 2018

'In the space of two weeks she met Harry Styles, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hardy and it's overwhelming for her' - Barry Keoghan on girlfriend Shona

Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin attends the
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin attends the "DUNKIRK" New York Premiere on July 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Barry and Shona.
Shona Guerin and Barry Keoghan at the The Killing of a Sacred Deer Irish premiere at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin
Barry Keoghan (R) and girlfriend Shona Guerin attend the Headline Gala Screening & UK Premiere of "Killing of a Sacred Deer" during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin at the Dublin Premiere of the film Dunkirk at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy
Barry Keoghan (R) and girlfriend Shona Guerin attend the Headline Gala Screening & UK Premiere of 'Killing of a Sacred Deer' during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for BFI)
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

He's currently the toast of Hollywood and has been tipped for the top after appearing in a string of acclaimed movies.

However, actor Barry Keoghan (24) has credited his family and friends for helping to keep him grounded during his dizzying ascent up the showbiz ladder.

He has also had stunning girlfriend Shona Guerin by his side for most of the publicity whirlwind of the past 12 months.

"It is hard to keep your head sometimes. I just make sure I surround myself with good people," he said. "They keep you in check, keep your feet on the ground. You hear a lot of talk of 'you're great' and that can lead you to lose your head a little and distract you. I've stayed friends with the boys I've known since I was 10. My family helped a lot as well."

Barry and Shona try out the new Luxe screens. Photo: Collins Dublin
Barry and Shona try out the new Luxe screens. Photo: Collins Dublin

The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Dunkirk star has had ever-supportive girlfriend Shona at his side.

She has accompanied him to a lot of the red-carpet premieres and events both here and Stateside.

Shona Guerin and Barry Keoghan at the The Killing of a Sacred Deer Irish premiere at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin
Shona Guerin and Barry Keoghan at the The Killing of a Sacred Deer Irish premiere at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin

He first met the Killarney native on a night out in the Kingdom earlier this year. The pair have been inseparable ever since.

"It's all new to me and it's new to her too and we're experiencing it together," Barry said. "In the space of only two weeks she met Harry Styles, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hardy and it's overwhelming for her.

Barry Keoghan (R) and girlfriend Shona Guerin attend the Headline Gala Screening & UK Premiere of
Barry Keoghan (R) and girlfriend Shona Guerin attend the Headline Gala Screening & UK Premiere of "Killing of a Sacred Deer" during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)

"For someone to be brought into all that, it's nice to do it together.

"To be honest, I still get awestruck when I meet my heroes and the people I admire. I think that's only natural."

Barry Keoghan (R) and girlfriend Shona Guerin attend the Headline Gala Screening & UK Premiere of 'Killing of a Sacred Deer' during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for BFI)
Barry Keoghan (R) and girlfriend Shona Guerin attend the Headline Gala Screening & UK Premiere of 'Killing of a Sacred Deer' during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for BFI)

Barry plans to enjoy a nice Christmas at home in his native north inner city home. Then he'll be jetting off again to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Utah at the end of January.

There he will see the world premiere screening of his new movie, American Animals, which tells the story of four young men who attempt to pull off one of the most audacious robberies in US history.

Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin attends the
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin attends the "DUNKIRK" New York Premiere on July 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin at the Dublin Premiere of the film Dunkirk at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy

The former Love/Hate star took time out from his schedule yesterday to help unveil the new Luxe screens at Odeon Blanchardstown.

The screens are the first of their kind of the country.

Herald

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