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I was a Bunty type of girl but it's great to dip into world of sci-fi, says Carrie

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08/06/2010
Carrie Crowley
at the opening of The Importance of Being Earnest, at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

08/06/2010 Carrie Crowley at the opening of The Importance of Being Earnest, at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

08/06/2010 Carrie Crowley at the opening of The Importance of Being Earnest, at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

IT'S Carrie Crowley – but not as we know her.

THE former Eurovision presenter is back but as kick-ass alien lover Vera Ellis in upcoming sci-fi flick Earthbound.

Sporting a laser gun, with her hair scraped back into a top knot and lots of dark vampish make-up, it's certainly a far cry from those Moorbegs days.

And Carrie (48) says it was a joy moving into unchartered waters.

"I wasn't a big sci-fi fan before the movie," she told The Herald.

"I was more of an Enid Blyton and Bunty sort of girl. But for me, it's been great getting to dip into the world of sci-fi. It was fascinating finding out about all the comics and action figures."

And Carrie says dressing up as laser-gun toting Vera was definitely one of the perks of the job. "The costumes were fantastic; they were like something out of a comic book. I look quite glam in that shot but in others I look like Mrs Mop," she laughs.

"It was also acting in a film that isn't a 'traditional Irish film'. I think it's great that they've moved into a different genre – this sort of film hasn't really been done here."

Earthbound opens on March 15 and tells the story of Joe; a sci-fi geek who thinks he's an alien.

Joe, played by Prometheus star Rafe Spall, must convince the girl of his dreams he's from another planet and not just living on one.

Waterford native Carrie says she has a small role in the film but a significant one.

Quirky

"There is only one Vera Ellis," she says. "It's a small part – but a pivotal one. She's strong and definitely airs on the side of quirky. It was the first time I've ever played a role like that."

Carrie is a highly regarded actress having appeared in The Clinic and An Crisis – but in the last few years she's focused more heavily on stage work.

But it looks like the former Limelight presenter will be popping up on our screens more this year; she's also set to star as a gangster's wife in Irish film An Inch.

"I suppose I did do quite a bit of theatre in the last few years," Carrie says. "But I like mixing it up. I love the language and look of a film but you miss a live audience."

But Carrie says she definitely doesn't miss the Moorbegs. "No I don't miss them," she said. "Not at all. I much prefer where I am now but I would never rule out presenting again. Who knows what will happen in the future?".

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