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Dunne deal Breakout Kin star Clare Dunne thrilled Ireland has become hotspot for movies and TV series

"Hollywood is bloody in Ireland at the moment"


Clare plays Amanda in Kin.

Clare plays Amanda in Kin.

Clare plays Amanda in Kin.

Breakout Kin star Clare Dunne has joked how she has no plans to move to Hollywood - because Hollywood has come to Ireland.

The Dubliner is currently wowing audiences in her television debut as mum Amanda Dunne in the new Irish crime drama, which continues on RTÉ One tonight.

But the actor, who eagle-eyed viewers will next spot on the big screen in Ridley Scott epic The Last Duel, explained why she isn't packing her bags for Tinseltown just yet.

"Hollywood is bloody in Ireland at the moment," laughs Clare. "That's the thing - we are becoming a huge centre for filming for loads of people. Like, they're all coming to us.

"I was in The Last Duel - it was a tiny blink-and-you'd-miss-me role - but I thought it was just mad that there's Matt Damon and Adam Driver and Jodie Comer and Ridley Scott, and they're here.

"Sometimes it doesn't matter now where you're based, you just go to where your work is.

"I half wanted to be in London, but, I dunno, something about the pandemic and coming home - I now have a really nice place that's near the coast and I'm just kind of enjoying the quality of life for now that's here.

"Further down the line I wouldn't mind a taste of living in America, but I just want to see what happens with Kin first and then take it from there."


Clare Dunne also stars in critically acclaimed film Herself.

Clare Dunne also stars in critically acclaimed film Herself.

Clare Dunne also stars in critically acclaimed film Herself.

Coming to cinemas next month, The Last Duel, partly filmed at locations around Ireland including Cahir Castle in Tipperary and Bective Abbey in Meath, depicts the last trial by combat in medieval France.

And next big thing Clare praised the Oscar-winning director's hilariously Irish way of putting her at ease during one of her first big blockbuster roles.

"Ridley's lovely," says the Ballyboden native, who previously appeared in Spider-Man: Far from Home, starring Tom Holland. "He told a lovely story the morning I was working with him.

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"He's real just like, you know the way Irish auld lads are sometimes real great storytellers, and they'll do anything to tell you a good yarn, I felt like he kind of reminded me of that kind of thing.

"He does it I think surreptitiously to make you feel at ease and to be like, 'We're just telling a story, so don't worry, you'll be grand'. I think he's aware enough to know that when you actually only have one scene to do in a film, you're almost more nervous, whereas in my position as Amanda, it was like, 'Ah sure, I'm in every day doing a million scenes'."

With a starry cast also including Aidan Gillen and Ciarán Hinds, Kin won widespread praise among TV licence payers on Twitter when it premiered on RTÉ last weekend, having already been snapped up by American streaming service AMC+.

Fans singled out Clare for her scene-stealing turn as the wife of violent gangster Jimmy, played by Emmett Scanlan, who is poised to embark on a bloody rampage of revenge, after their son Jamie (Cian Fitzsimmons) was gunned down in the opening episode's shock ending.

But the 32-year-old - who is currently also starring in Herself, which she co-wrote with Sharon Horgan - revealed how she only got the part after her agent sent a copy of the Sundance sensation to Kin producers as a "wild card".


Clare also nabbed a small part with Matt Damon in The Last Duel.

Clare also nabbed a small part with Matt Damon in The Last Duel.

Clare also nabbed a small part with Matt Damon in The Last Duel.

"They asked me to tape and then I had to do an audition on Zoom and then there was a second tape where I dressed up a bit more like Amanda and stuff like that," explains Clare.

"You have to set up a lot in your room, and film it for them, and then you can see them on the screen sometimes while you're doing the scene, so it can be a little bit hard. You definitely still get the same amount of nerves that you get in a normal audition. But I was very lucky that I had an actor, who is my partner, to read opposite me - some people were totally isolated during all these months, they had to let somebody on the Zoom call read opposite them, and there could be a time delay or whatever.

"Sometimes people say opposites attract and you should be from different backgrounds entirely," she jokes.

"But then sometimes in the creative industry, it's great if you're with somebody else in the creative industry because they understand you're 100 per cent involved in the job, and then you're off for six weeks. They get it and they get the need to travel or whatever it is that you have to do to do the work. These days, you always need someone to do a fecking self-tape with you as well, so it's handy!"

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