Fair City was great, but the theatre is my home - Hilda
She's best-known for playing Tracey in Fair City, but Hilda Fay is loving life treading the boards and has no plans to return to Carrigstown.
The actress, who left the RTE soap in 2008 when she was pregnant with her first daughter, Pearl, said theatre fits in well with family life.
"I loved my time at Fair City," she told the Herald. "It was a wonderful few years and I have a lot of fond memories from those days, but I always wanted to be on the stage.
"Theatre is where I've always felt more at home, I have such a love for it.
"I can be at home with the girls during the day and then head off to rehearsals or a play in the evenings, which is just the perfect balance really."
The mum of two is starring in Shay Linehan's play My Name is Alice Devine at Bewley's Cafe Theatre in Grafton Street until October 11.
"It's a wonderful one-woman play and the writing is incredible," she said.
"It's about a woman who lost an awful lot during the recession.
"Her husband died by suicide due to financial pressure, her kids are grown up and she has to find herself again.
"It's a very human play and one that I think everyone will relate to."
Following her run as Alice Devine, Hilda goes straight into rehearsals for Little Gem.
The play was a huge success in 2008 and toured internationally after showing at the Abbey Theatre .
"I'm really excited about getting back into rehearsals for Little Gem - we had such a great time touring with it a few years ago," she said. "We're just doing a smaller Irish tour this time, so we'll be finished before Christmas."
When asked if she would ever return to the streets of Carrigstown, Hilda said she is not sure.
"I never say never, but I've been kept busy since I left," she said.
"I've been doing a few shows every year, and being able to spend time with my girls is great.
"I'm very happy with where I'm at now, but who knows what will happen in the future?"