A lot of Irish people perform. They perform in drawing rooms. They sing songs and they play piano.
Irish people are educated not only about artistry but local history.
People who are good at film have a relationship with the camera.
There once was a demographic survey done to determine if money was connected to happiness and Ireland was the only place where this did not turn out to be true.
The energy released by it is enormous and it becomes quite addictive, the power between the audience and the actor.
To be honest I live among the English and have always found them to be very honest in their business dealings. They are noble, hard-working and anxious to do the right thing. But joy eludes them, they lack the joy that the Irish have.
Acting doesn't have to be threadbare misery all the time.
I think America becomes more disgruntled by going to the movies and having an endlessly good time at them.
I'm not on the run from anything and I'm not at all clear about what I'm running towards. But as some great writer put it, I want to be certain that when I arrive at death, I'm totally exhausted.
Like a lot of Irish households we read a lot of Irish history. It was almost Soviet, raising the next generation with a mythic view of their history.
So I just play the character, I play the lines.
I certainly had no intention of playing a man.
I once saw my mother playing Mary Magdalene in a parish event. But she had to put the role aside in order to go and front the choir who were singing at the same occasion. She left the stage halfway through the Crucifixion.
I would love to write the story of my upbringing in Ireland.
I'm not afraid of chaos and I'm happy talking to strangers. I really love not knowing where I'm going.