Sunday 19 November 2017

Amy Huberman: 'I still struggle with rejection'

Amy Huberman at the Trainwreck Irish premiere
Amy Huberman at the Trainwreck Irish premiere

She may be an award- winning actress, but Amy Huberman still struggles with rejection.

Amy, who recently landed a role in ITV drama Houdini and Doyle, says she's had her fair share of knock backs.

"I struggle with rejection," she said.

"Sometimes I get upset about not getting a part. You never get used to being knocked back and it's really hard when the knock-backs are accumulative.

"But I always give myself a few hours to wallow in it - and then I get over it.

"It's not because the rejection is personal, but maybe it's because I really wanted the part and I came really close to getting it."

The actress has two young children - 10-month-old Billy and Sadie (2) - with husband Brian O'Driscoll.

The 36-year-old says learning lines and writing scripts while looking after her children can be challenging.

"I find it really hard to work from home, even though it's a romantic notion.

"I'm thinking of getting an office in the garden as a result," she said.

"I can learn lines with one baby on the hip and block out noise, but when it comes to writing there's a lot of procrastination before I actually do anything. So if there's a noise or anything to distract me then I can't do it."

Having penned two successful novels, I Wished for You and Hello Heartbreak, Amy completed her first screenplay, Bolt, last year.

"I did a screenwriting course and I loved it. I especially like to write comedy," she said. "I would love to write something with somebody else. I talked about writing something with my friend Dawn O'Porter and I would be really open to that."

Amy wrote the majority of the script for Bolt when she was pregnant.

"That was good because it's not easy to get parts when your stomach is out to here. Screenwriting has been a big revelation for me," she said. "There is finesse and skill to writing a novel but there is a real technical structure to writing a film."

The film will be produced by the production team behind 2013 comedy The Stag.

The actress recently finished filming sports comedy Handsome Devil in which she plays a rugby mum.

The drama also stars comedian Ardal O'Hanlon, Jay Duffy, Sherlock and Bond star Andrew Scott, and IFTA- winning actor Moe Dunford.

Amy's husband Brian was in charge of choreographing the rugby scenes in the film.


It has yet to be revealed what role she will play in Houdini and Doyle, ITV's 10-part series which sees Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini team up to become a pair of super-sleuths.

Meanwhile, Ghosthunters - On Icy Trails, which Amy shot when she was pregnant with Billy, is set for cinematic release on Friday October 2.

She travelled to Austria for filming of the movie, which is based on the best-selling novel by Cornelia Funke and would consider moving abroad in the future.

"Brian and myself would be open to living abroad for a while," she said. "I love whenever I get parts in other countries."

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