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'Best mate' Amy Huberman almost didn't meet husband Brian O'Driscoll after friend set her up

"He is very grounding and very emotionally mature. He's just my best mate, we just laugh and chat"

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Lucy Kennedy with Amy Huberman

Lucy Kennedy with Amy Huberman

Lucy Kennedy with Amy Huberman

Amy Huberman has revealed how she took time to adjust to being part of one of Ireland's most famous couples.

The down-to-earth actress, who appeared on the latest episode of Virgin Media's Lodging with Lucy, also revealed she does not always watch her own performances on screen.

Her best friend, actress Norma Sheahan, who also makes an appearance in the episode, tells of her instrumental role in setting up the first meeting of her former Clinic co-star and rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll.

The Dublin actress, who is expecting her third child with the former Ireland captain, said they are best friends.

"I always say this about Brian - he kind of allows me the silliness that I enjoy.

"He is very grounding and very emotionally mature. He's just my best mate, we just laugh and chat."

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Amy Huberman with husband Brian O'Driscoll

Amy Huberman with husband Brian O'Driscoll

Amy Huberman with husband Brian O'Driscoll

Although she was a well-known actress when they first met, she told Lucy Kennedy it took her a while to get used to the added attention which came with their relationship.

"I had worked for a good few years but I felt like there was a bit more of a glare maybe when all that kind of happened.

"Then I moved home as well so I was just here more.

"I found it hard to find a space for where I sat in it. Then I knew very little about sport as well so when I was asked about sport I'd be like 'waah..'"

Amy said she has learned over the years to ignore negativity on social media.

"If you are on social media there is going to be an element of, 'I hate your show', 'I don't like your boots', whatever. I think it probably did sting when it was all very new as well.

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"And also, I would probably be looking for it, I would look to see if someone was watching the show whereas now I don't do it.

"I just let myself off the hook. Ignorance is bliss, it's good to get feedback on stuff if it's constructive."

Amy also divulged how doesn't always watch herself on screen.

"I've done stuff I've never seen. I never watched Cold Feet. I don't like watching myself.

"I'm afraid of being too hard on myself. I should probably watch them down the line."

The episode features a cheeky segment of chef, Nick Reynolds, posing for a portrait painted by Lucy Kennedy and Amy Huberman while a wearing nothing but his apron.

Norma Sheahan surprises her best pal Amy, by revealing just how involved she was in setting up Amy's first date with Brian O'Driscoll.

"We have a mutual friend and she said 'look, Brian has spotted this Amy one, she seems decent enough'," recalled the Cork actress. "I said, 'Funnily enough I'm meeting her tomorrow night'."

The Moone Boy actress described how a plan was cooked up to have the pair accidentally meet at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin.

But she said it almost didn't happen when Amy felt sick in the car on their way up to Dublin that evening.

"I'm plying her with rancheros and jellies and said 'No, you're coming'," recalled Norma Sheahan. "I got her in there."

Amy revealed she was completely in the dark.

"I didn't know what was happening, I was suddenly in the Merrion in a tracksuit," she recalled before asking Norma, "did you know that was happening for the whole day?"

Norma remembers two of Brian's friends telling "every embarrassing, mortifying story" about him during the first meeting.

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Brian O'Driscoll and wife Amy huberman

Brian O'Driscoll and wife Amy huberman

Brian O'Driscoll and wife Amy huberman

"I remember how lovely he was that night," said Amy. "He was so humble and sweet and kind. I don't know why I would have thought any different?"

She believes Brian's family have helped to keep him so grounded.

"I've been so lucky as an extension that he has come with this great family. They are just very solid, and he is very solid. He's a great fella," she jokes.

Amy also reveals she is enjoying her pregnancy the third time around.

"I thought it would be harder because I'm older, but it's been easier," she says.

She recalls how her first baby, Sadie, arrived hours after she attended the IFTAs with her mother and hours before Ireland played England in Dublin.

"Brian was still playing for Ireland and it was 'you better not go into labour the day England play Ireland' and I was like 'as if…'

"They were in camp and I rang him, and he arrived in his full kit. She actually was born and then he went off and played.

"I was as high as a kite, I was so giddy on everything. They lost and he said it was the only time when they lost he was like 'Neehh' and just headed off."

Amy said she isn't going to find out the sex of her third child before the birth.

"I'd love it to be a surprise. I was wrong on the first two. I was convinced Sadie was a boy and Billy was a girl.

"I'm really excited. I thought I was done with two and I don't know what the change was, maybe it was the older we were getting."

  • Lodging with Lucy with Amy Huberman is on at 10pm tomorrow on Virgin Media One.

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