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Tuesday 12 December 2017

I'm finished with modelling says Ruth as she chases US TV dream

DUBLIN beauty Ruth O'Neill has revealed she'll never return to modelling and has hung up her heels for good to chase her TV dreams in LA.

The 23-year-old insisted that there's no chance she'd go back to the press call circuit, as she never saw it as a long term career.

Castleknock native Ruth, who packed her bags to set up home in California two years ago, told the Herald that working in television is the only way forward for her.

"Modelling was always something I just did in school and college to make money and try to break into the industry, but my focus and energy are completely on entertainment reporting and producing now. It's so competitive in LA, you have to be laser focused," she said.

Ruth added that modelling is a firmly closed chapter in her life and she wouldn't even consider making a comeback in the fashion scene to earn extra cash.

"I left modelling in Dublin when I left. I would never model now -- my career is all TV now ... I never really saw [modelling] as a career."

The UCD graduate, who is working in news network ABC, said that she's become very "settled" with the Los Angeles lifestyle and has been raking in interviews with some of the world's major celebrities.

This week Ruth attended the unveiling of the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, where the Oscars are set to be held for the next 20 years, before taking to the red carpet to talk to Snoop Dogg, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.

Although she's been reporting for RTE's Juice and is hoping that it gets the green light for Montrose's autumn schedule, she wants to keep her options open.

"I want to produce too. It makes you a better reporter because it gives you a better eye, I think," she said.

labutler@herald.ie

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