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Monday 24 September 2018

Ex-Fair City star is hoping for a new chapter in the US

He is a hunky model-turned-actor making waves in Hollywood and she is a best-selling Dublin author hoping to crack the States.

So it's no surprise that ex-Fair City star Caroline Grace Cassidy will be looking to her close friend Eoin Macken for tips on surviving pilot season.

The actress and author will temporarily leave her husband and two children behind when she jets out to LA, where she has a project in the pipeline.

A drama co-written by the Dubliner is being lined up for a US pilot and Caroline (37) will have her fingers crossed when she heads across the Atlantic next February.

"It is a pilot for a drama called Snow Storm that I have co-written and they seem to like it," Caroline told the Diary. "It's my first time to go so I can't wait."

AMBITIOUS

While she will miss her family, the ambitious Knocklyon native says having talented friends like Eoin to show her the ropes will make things easier.

Dublin actor Eoin's career is going from strength to strength in the States, where he is currently filming hit drama The Shift for US network giant NBC.

"I am good friends with Eoin so he'll be able to show me around," said Caroline.

After a succession of acting disappointments, Caroline's career began to soar in 2011 when she won a three-book deal with publishing house Poolbeg.

The actress-turned-author, who is over and back from the UK after signing with an agent there this month, has just finished her third novel. "I was an actress first and foremost and then I got pregnant so I said I better do something with myself," she said.

It certainly has been a busy few months for Caroline, who set up her own company, Smart Blonde Productions, with ex-Fair City star Sarah Flood, Sorcha Furlong and Elaine Hearty.

Their first film, Princess Rehab, about disillusioned Disney princesses was a hit at the Galway Film Fleadh and is being shown at the Boston Film Festival in March.

After wrapping up their second short, I am Jesus, with Viking star Steve Wilson, the girls are now penning a Desperate Housewives-inspired web series.

Ringsenders will cast a satirical eye over the ups and down of life in Dublin's inner city for four working mums.

"It's based in the flats in Ringsend and it's going to be like Desperate Housewives, but in a Dublin housewives context," said Caroline.

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