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Friday 15 December 2017

Body and soul: Aoife Duffin

Aoife Duffin (26) is an actress from Kerry. She won best actress award at the 2008 Dublin fringe festival and has starred in Little Gem, Christ deliver us and Solemn Mass for a full moon in Summer

The house I grew up in . . . is in Kerry, and still standing, even though I nearly burnt it down when I was 12 years old. I was making chips the old-fashioned way, in a chip pan. We had to repaint the whole house afterwards.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . American, and rich, probably from watching American TV.

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . not worry so much about what other people think.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at . . . basketball, even though I'm only 5ft 3. I played in primary school and secondary school and I still play now, when I can find a basketball court.

But I'm no good at . . . budgeting and managing my money. What I do is earn it and then spend it, with no thought of the consequences.

At night I dream of . . . being American and rich. Some dreams never die!

When I look in the mirror I see. . . a 30-year-old, even though I'm only 26. A beautician recently told me that I had the skin of a 30 or 31-year-old, but I think she might have just been trying to sell me expensive moisturiser.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . my black lace-up ankle boots that I bought in Topshop a while ago. They are not with me at the moment but we will be reunited very shortly.

I drive . . . people demented. I don't have a car.

My house is . . . on tour -- at the moment it's Oxford and it will be Dublin next week, then Cork, Portlaoise and Tralee.

My real-life villain is . . . every landlord I've ever had, which is why my house is on tour at the moment!

My favourite work of art is . . . yet to be found.

A book that changed me is . . . Forever, by Judy Blume. It was passed around the class when I was in school and I loved it. It was filthy; there was lots of sex in it and I'd never read anything like that before in my life.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . my sister Niamh, she's one of the few people that can make me laugh just by looking at me.

The last time I cried . . . was in Balliol College in Oxford. It's the oldest college in Oxford and it's very beautiful, but that's not why I was crying.

My five-year plan is . . . I'm not a great one for planning, as you can probably tell from my lack of budgeting skills.

My life philosophy is . . . I don't have one, I just try to 'busk it' (actor speak for taking things as they come).

My favourite film is . . . My Cousin Vinny, starring Joe Pesci and Ralph Macchio. We had it on video tape when I was growing up, so we always watched it.

If I could be anything else I would be . . . a musician, or a singer.

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