ACTOR INTERVIEW: Hilda Fay
Q&A with Hilda Fay and Nicola Murphy, Draíocht's Marketing Manager / 28 September 2006
Hilda Fay joins Twink and Anne Charleston in 'The Vagina Monologues' next week in Draíocht (3-7 October 2006).
Q: What inspired you to become an actress?
It was always something I have been involved in since I was a child. Probably working with Maureen Potter when I was young inspired me too.
Q: How old were you when you got your start in acting?
I started working professionally at the age of six, and then went on to train in Trinity when I was 19.
Q: What have you enjoyed performing in the most?
Brenden Kennelly's adaptation of ‘Trojan Women’
Q: If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?
I’d probably work in Fashion
Q: Are you a full time actor or do you have another job as well?
Q: What’s the hardest thing about being an actor?
The insecurity of not knowing if you’re going to work again.
Q: Do you have to make sacrifices in your personal life for your career?
It’s hard to plan holidays and big occasions because you have to take the work when its offered.
Q: What do you think the biggest misconception about acting is?
That it’s easy.
Q: What attracted you to ‘The Vagina Monologues’?
The comedy and of course working with Michael Scott.
Q: What can audiences expect to experience at this show?
To be fully entertained and moved.
Q: Have you had good audience reaction on the tour so far?
Amazing - people love it. The show is so much fun.
Q: Are there any other actors or actresses that you would really like to work with?
Loads - Juliette Lewis, Meryl Streep, the list goes on.
Q: Do you have a favourite film?
Q: Is there a particular character in a film or a play that you would really like to play?
Probably Nora in the ‘Plough and the Stars’.
Q: What draws you to a new project?
New, bold, dark writing.
Q: Do you still get the jitters when going to an audition?
Nerves come with the job.
Q: Have you been asked any funny questions in the street by people?
Some people ask me if I wear my own clothes in Fair City. That always give me a good laugh because Tracey’s clothes are mingen!
Q: What's the best bit of advice anyone has ever given you?
To have patience.
Q: What advice would you give to someone thinking of acting as a career?
Enrole in a good acting school.
Q: What do you like to do to un-wind and have fun?
Go surfing with my boy. And curl up with a good book.
Q: So what’s coming up next for you after 'The Vagina Monologues'?
More ‘ Fair City’ and probably a play next year.
The Vagina Monologues
City Theatre Dublin
Based on author Eve Ensler’s ‘Vagina Interviews’ conducted with women from all around the world, this hilariously witty and moving collection of tales give voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave and thoroughly human stories. A staggering number of the world’s most famous and talented women from Kate Winslet and Whoopi Goldberg, to Sophie Dahl and Jerry Hall, have chosen to take part in the show in productions in New York, Los Angeles and London. Since its debut in 1997, this show has become a unique international phenomenon, wowing enthusiastic audiences all over the world from Antartica to Zaire. In the hands of the large number of leading actresses in the show, Ensler’s words have achieved a new fusion and relevance, resulting in a theatrical experience that is funny, poignant and exhilarating but above all, presents a view of the world that is defiantly female. The Vagina Monologues is a show that deals with the politics of sex and the self, but it is primarily a show of celebration. In keeping with the show’s tradition of casting a vibrant and intriguing mix of women, the cast includes Hilda Fay (Fair City), Anne Charleston (formerly 'Madge' of Neighbours) and Adele King (Twink).
Tues 3 – Sat 7 Oct, 8pm
For media information please contact:
Nicola Murphy, Marketing Press & PR Manager, Draíocht / Tel: 01-8098021