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Leap Year star Amy Adams wants to revisit 'magical' Ireland

She added that her experience involved being “very cold and a lot of Guinness”.

Amy Adams

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Screen star Amy Adams has told how she wants to bring her daughter to Ireland after finding the place "magical" while making the movie Leap Year here.

Speaking ahead of the release of her new film Hillbilly Elegy on Netflix next week, the Hollywood actress revealed that she's particularly eager to visit the Aran Islands again.

Describing Ireland as "one of the most amazing places", she added: "I'm actually looking at filming in Ireland again. All I can think of is how I can get onto the Aran Islands.

"I want to take my daughter.... there's something just so magical about it.

"Unfortunately, my memories are mostly about being cold. We were up on the cliff-side, and it was so, so cold... but it was breathtakingly beautiful and there was a sunset over the water. I'm so taken with the magic of that country and the countryside."

She added that her experience involved being “very cold and a lot of Guinness”.

It was the famed black stuff that also made an impression on Amy’s Hillbilly Elegy co-star Glenn Close who spent time in Ireland filming 2011's Albert Nobbs, which was shot in Dublin and Wicklow.

She recalled: "We filmed in that winter with all the snow... they said 'this never happens!'.

"We were in Cabinteely House and didn't have the money to heat the whole house it was so huge. So we would huddle around the heaters we had in our green room.

"We'd go into the Horseshoe Bar, have our Guinness, and all the men would move away from us. It was a grand experience."

Amy has also previously admitted how pretending to be Irish may have been central to her Hollywood success.

After dyeing her natural blonde locks red for a TV role at the beginning of her career, the flame-haired Oscar nominee was repeatedly mistaken as Irish by Tinseltown casting directors.

She explained: “I had strawberry blonde hair and changed it for this show I did (Dr Vegas) because there was another actress who had blonde hair and they said, ‘Well, one of you is going to need a dye job.’ So it fell to me.

“And I liked the change and it changed things for me in a really good way. I’m not saying it was the hair that did it but I was seen in a different light. I was going up for different roles that I’d never gone for before.

“I think some of them even thought I was Irish. I’d go into castings and they’d see the red hair, the freckles and pale skin, ‘Oh, you’re Irish,’ and it was always a warm reaction.

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