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Monday 25 September 2017

Body and soul: Susie Griffin

Susie Griffin (28) is an actor and singer from Tralee, Co Kerry. She is preforming in Andrew Llyoyd Webber's Whistle Down The Wind at the Grand Canal Theatre .

My parents were . . . both founding members of the Tralee Musical Society so I was involved from an early age -- since I was about four years old.

The house I grew up in . . . was on an estate in Tralee. I was the only one of my siblings to be born while living in that house.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . something to do with music, but I didn't really know. I knew I wanted to do something with singing or drama. When I was 14 I performed in a production of Joseph and that buzz made me realise what I wanted to do.

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . change the fact that I didn't have classical dance training from a young age.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at . . . Irish dancing. I worked for the National Folk Theatre for nine years.

You may not know it but I'm no good at . . . remaining positive. I have my moments but I let them go.

At night I dream of . . . the West End. It would be the ultimate dream come true for me to perform in a production such as Les Miserables or Wicked.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . myself. I've never been surprised by what I see, I'm very accepting of who I am.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . a pair of denim shorts that I wear a lot. I wear them in the winter, too, with tights.

I wish I'd never worn . . . a red-and-white checked shirt. Now it would be in fashion but back then when I wore it, I remember someone asking me was I wearing a tablecloth?

I drive . . . nothing, which is quite sad at my age. But, living in London, having your own car isn't really necessary.

My house is . . . in London. I share a house which has five bedrooms with Kiwis, Americans and one from Northern Ireland.

They are schoolteachers and we all get on really well -- they always try to get me to sing at parties.

My favourite work of art . . . is the Eiffel Tower. When I saw it in Paris a couple of years ago it almost reduced me to tears.

In the Louvre I saw Madonna on the Rocks and it was so beautiful I couldn't understand why it was in a corridor with other paintings and not on display like the Mona Lisa.

A book that changed me . . . was The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. It moved me, but it didn't necessarily change me.

My greatest regret is . . . I don't really have regrets. Everything happens for a reason.

My real-life villain is . . . Katie Price. I think she is hideous.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . lots of the people that I work with are very funny. I also think Russell Howard is hysterical.

The last time I cried . . . was about a month ago when things were getting on top of me. I had a bit of a meltdown, it was a very stressful time.

My five-year plan is . . . I used to make plans but life doesn't really care so sometimes you end up disappointed. But, I'd like to be starring in the West End.

My life philosophy is . . . be content to be thought foolish and stupid. Do what you need to do to be happy.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down the Wind will run in the Grand Canal Theatre from May 11 to 22. See www.ticketmaster.ie

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