Irish actor John Connors has spoken about his personal struggles with mental health and the challenges that he still faces as a traveller.
Connors told TV3's Elaine that acting was a form of therapy that helped 'discover a different world'.
“I just got to point in my life; I had no qualifications, no nothing. I was struggling mental health wise. My brother Joe suggested to try acting as a way of therapy as I wouldn't have perused a therapist at the time. So I just went to an acting class, and I discovered a different world that I never knew existed.
It took a ton off my chest. Straight away I was instantly cured of my depression. Completely from walking out of my first acting class”.
Connors also spoke about the challenges that he still faces as a member of the travelling community.
“Before I got into acting it was hard to get into jobs. Number 1, Darndale: Number two I was a traveller. So if I got an interview they'd suss, they’d ask where you were from, you don’t sound like you’re from Dublin. I’d say I’m a traveller. The first reaction would be they'd go red, under pressure.
"In one interview I put on a Dublin accent, which is not a great thing either unless it’s for security. I got a job on the spot - and was told not to let travellers in”.
Elaine airs weekdays on TV3 at 3pm.