The Shape I'm In: In the ring with teen Actor Jordanne Jones

Before she discovered acting, Jordanne Jones was already excelling at another discipline — in the boxing ring.

Boxing from the age of 10 until 16, Jordanne proved to be quite a talent, winning the Leinster Championship, becoming Dublin champion three times and an All-Ireland finalist.

“It was an outlet. I was never an aggressive person, I’m pretty quiet, so it was good to just get in the ring.

“There was a lot of thinking involved, it’s like a game of chess. You have to study the other person, figure out what shots they’re throwing, and know when to make your move.”

The daughter of Senator Lynn Ruane, Jordanne, 18, dreamed of being an actor from a young age, an interest that was supported by her family. At the age of 12, she walked into an audition in her native Killinarden, for Frank Berry’s film I Used to Live Here, and went on to get an IFTA nomination for her astonishing, accomplished performance.

She also starred in Emmet Kirwan’s spoken-word performance, Heartbreak, which became a viral sensation.

Later this year, she will have a lead role in Hugh O’Conor’s drama, Metal Heart. In the meantime, we can see her playing Minnie in RTÉ’s major drama series, Resistance, on Sunday nights. She also starred in Rebellion, and learning more about these periods in history fascinates her.

“I find acting very therapeutic. I would suffer from anxiety and the roles are kind of like an outlet for me.”

What shape are you in?

I did boxing for years so I was always fit. But then I started a part-time job and I started college so I’m trying to get back into it. I go to the gym when I can.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

I’m vegetarian since I was nine, I’ve cut out all meats. I can be really good sometimes, take my vitamins, keep a track of what I’m eating and getting my protein and dairy. Then sometimes I eat just bread and hummus forever.

What are your guiltiest pleasures?

Takeaways. I have a real problem with takeaways. And binge-watching a series. I’ll procrastinate. I’ll have college work but I’ll just binge-watch.

What would keep you awake at night?

I overthink a lot, so I would doubt that I’m good enough.

How do you relax?

I use Headspace on my phone. It’s a mindfulness app. I have Asperger’s, and mindfulness is about being in the moment and not letting your head go everywhere with all different thoughts. The app helps you do that. I also go to see my boyfriend because he’s the most chilled-out, relaxed person.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Tim Curry from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, because he’s my favourite actor, and probably Matthew McConaughey. And my nanny, Bernie Ruane, she loves going to events and places. My mam brings her along to everything.

What’s your favourite smell?

I really like incense, I always have a candle on my locker. And I love the smell of freshly baked bread.

What would you like to change about your appearance?

Sometimes I really don’t care, the least of my worries is looks. I feel like there’s so much more to explore, to think about, to care about. Other times I can really get caught up in caring about how I look, and I’ve struggled with my nose. But I wouldn’t change it. This nose has helped me smell freshly baked bread!

When is the last time you cried?

Yesterday. I cried because I’d seen my friend’s little puppy.

What traits do you least like in others?

I don’t like bitchiness, I don’t like unnecessary judgement. I don’t like lying. And I notice when people try to drag other people down.

What traits do you least like about yourself?

I can be a bit defensive.

I’m really passionate about things, and if someone disagrees or has a different opinion, I can’t listen or understand where they’re coming from. I hope to get better at that, because I’m only going to better my opinion by listening to other peoples’.

Do you pray?

No. I prayed when I was younger. I used to pray for pandas to not become extinct, that’s my only real memory of praying.

What would cheer up your day?

If I went home and the house was clean. I’m a bit of a clean freak. My room is always spotless and in order. My family, they’re not messy, they’re just not to my standards!


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