Being Irish helped me deal with rejection - Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Hollywood heartthrob Jonathan Rhys Meyers has revealed that his Irish background helped him to deal with rejection when trying to make it as an actor.
The Cork star said he would always remember "that being Irish is special" in his heart when Tinseltown turned him down.
"I've had so much rejection. I went to Hollywood and was told 'no, no, no' - then some people said 'yes', then some people said 'no'," he said.
"I've had ups and downs, I've fallen down as much as I've gotten up - I think you do that in life.
"But I've always remembered at the core of it that being Irish is special."
The former Tudors star was speaking as he accepted an Irish Post Legend Award, where he said Ireland will always have a special place in his heart - especially the countryside.
"There was something about Irish country people, something about the land that really made me very proud."
But the 37-year-old also admitted that he wanted to leave when he was younger.
"For me when I first started it was something to do as a job because I wanted to get out," he said.
"This was the typical Irish story, I wanted to get out of Ireland, I wanted to do something."
Jonathan also revealed that trusting people is what has kept him sane during his career so far.
"You have to trust the people that you work with," he said.
"I've worked with some brilliant people, people that are really kind.
"And we're not just the talking about the directors and the producers and the people on the higher echelons," he continued.
"We're talking about some mornings I'll walk onto the set of the Tudors and my driver Alan from Dublin will be the one who'll get me through the day."
Jonathan attended the awards ceremony in London with his new girlfriend Mara Lane.
The couple are becoming red-carpet regulars as they attended the Annual Barretstown Gala Ball in Dublin last month.
Mara took to Twitter to congratulate her beau on his award.
"Congratulations Sweetheart on your award at the Irish Post Awards. So lovely to share this wonderful evening with you," she wrote online.