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Dubliner Kellie Blaise had to 'pinch' herself starring opposite Will Ferrell and Paul Ruud

'They were really kind and so much fun to act with,' says the ex-The Voice star

Kelly Blaise in The Shrink Next Door

Eugene Masterson

IRISH actress Kellie Blaise admits she had to “pinch myself to believe it’s real” when she filmed scenes opposite Will Ferrell and Paul Ruud for their new TV series.

The Dublin actress can be seen cycling up to the two comedy legends on The Shrink Next Door, a series about a psychiatrist and his longterm patient.

“It was a dream to get to work with Paul and Will.

"I grew up watching Paul Rudd in clueless and on Friends, so for sure it was a pinch me moment getting to act opposite them,” she tells the Sunday World.

“They were really kind and so much fun to act with. It was funny we shot in west Hollywood but it was supposed to be the Hamptons."

Kellie (34), whose real name is Linda Kelly, grew up in Swords Co Dublin, now lives in Los Angeles.

“At the moment I have just returned to LA, I was actually in Paris last week doing a campaign for Saudi Arabia to promote the Saudi Arabian film Industry,” she explains.

“I got to play a cool hip director which was fun. I actually got to work with my fiancé Lorenzo Agius who shot the campaign.

"It was so wonderful to get to work in Paris. My favourite city in the world and even better getting to work with my partner.

"Now I am back in LA wishing I was in Ireland with my family. A few things coming up but can’t talk about them yet.”

Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Kelly Blaise

She previously starred in American series 50 Ways to Kill Your Lover in which she and Games of Thrones actress Laura Pradelska played real-life lovers Sunny Reese and Karen Kahler.

She also starred opposite Lethal Weapon legend Danny Glover in Death Race: Anarchy

Kellie may already be familiar to Irish TV viewers from her run on The Voice of Ireland in 2012.

She also starred alongside former boyfriend Emmett Scanlan in Irish movie The O’Briens.

Kellie Blaise. Pic: Instagram

She was the face for former US Vice President Al Gore’s Current TV Network.

Kellie also last year starred in acclaimed Irish film director Robbie Walsh’s Eden, which follows a homeless man, Adam, through one day of his life living on Dublin’s streets.

Her rise to fame began at the age of 14 when she was asked to sing in the Natrona Concert Hall in Dublin.

At the age of 18 she moved to the US, before moving back to this side of the Atlantic to locate in London.

Kellie has been in a long term relationship with Lorenzo Agius, a renowned Italian photographer who has collaborated with various celebrities in his life.

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