'I've had to fight so hard for my success,' says Fair City's Sorcha Furlong
She's a favourite on Fair City, but actress Sorcha Furlong revealed her acting dream almost didn't happen when her parents begged her not to go into the business.
The soap star, who has played Orla Kirwan on the RTE show for the past 15 years, always knew she was destined to be an actress, but her family had different plans for her.
"When I wanted to act and go to drama school, I got into Business and French in DCU, and my parents weren't particularly overjoyed that I wanted to be an actress," she said.
Despite not being a bookworm, the Lucan woman got an impressive Leaving Cert and her family wanted her to go on to college and get a degree before she decided on her future in acting.
"I think people were surprised I did actually okay in my Leaving because I wasn't a studier," she said.
"I was always daydreaming and I was doing the Gaiety School [of Acting] in the evening. My parents wanted me to get my degree and then do acting and I thought 'Well why would I do that when this is what I want to do?'."
The Dubliner admitted she has had to "fight hard" for her success.
"I was just thinking if people had told me how hard it was going to be, would I ever have done it? But I always knew this is what I was going to do, and I was going to fight hard to get it."
Sorcha (38) juggles her acting career with life as a single mother to her five-year-old daughter Stella.
The TV star revealed the five-year-old has also caught the acting bug and wants to go to stage school to be like her mother.
Although her own parents were apprehensive about her acting career, Sorcha said she would support her daughter if she decided to follow in her career footsteps in the future.
"If Stella wanted to do it, in a way she is more fortunate than I was because I am in the business so for her there wouldn't be as many hurdles," she said. "I would be able to help her."
Sorcha's character, Orla, looks set for a shock in the homegrown soap this week as crazed stalker Tommy Dillon makes a return to Carrigstown on Wednesday.
The character, played by Gerry Minogue, caused a stir in the show last year when he had a fling with married woman Orla.
Sorcha kept tight-lipped about the upcoming plot but admitted Tommy's return will ruffle feathers.
"Tommy is way too close for comfort. We have to deal with everything now.
"We were already in a whirlwind," she told the RTE Guide.
Speaking ahead of his return to the show tomorrow night, Gerry Minogue said he's happy to be back in Carrigstown.
"It was good to have a break after the storyline last year because it was quite intense at the time but it's really good to be back and to catch up with everyone," he said.
"Tommy is back to make amends. He's had time out to process what he did and he realises he needs to make amends in order to move on."