And there was a picture of her posing with the iconic Playboy publisher, to prove it.
But LA wasn’t all exotic celeb’ parties — among others, she met Simon Cowell, Jamie Foxx and the founder of Motown music. The Dubliner had a plan. A science and maths teacher in a boys’ secondary school, she wanted to train with top acting coaches and get noticed. It worked — she quickly picked up roles in short films, did TV work and some modelling.
Now on a career break, she has recently returned from a year-long stint in LA to take up the role of beautician, Kerri-Ann Boyle, Mondo’s new romantic squeeze, in the RTÉ soap, Fair City.
But isn’t Dublin and Fair City a far cry from high-powered LA and parties at the mansion? “There are amazing parties, whether it’s Ireland or Europe or America — it’s the icing on the cake. I’m loving working with RTÉ and Fair City, at the moment. That, to me, is a party,” says 29-year-old Jenny.
I am in good shape. In LA, you are surrounded by people who are very health-conscious. I exercise five times a week, mixing it up between my own workout, bootcamp, TRX and a 30-minute jog.
I’ve introduced a lot of kale into my diet. If I am having a really healthy day, I would not have bread that day. In the morning, I’d eat grapefruit or an egg white — if I am being extremely healthy.
If I’ve a week or two off filming, I might go to Burdocks and get a bag of chips — maybe even a piece of Brennan’s white sliced bread and butter, and a cup of tea.
If I have some anxiety and I’m thinking of things. I can also be awake if I’m very excited about something.
I read articles online. I’ve signed up for some science journals — as nerdy as that may sound — and motivational journals. I also read acting books — that’s my passion.
People I admire in the field of acting: Amy Adams — she’s so grounded; Reese Witherspoon — I think she is amazing; Anna Faris; Zooey Deschanel — she is amazing with her own TV shows and her own sense of style; Ryan Gosling and Will Smith — they’d be amazing.
No, then it wouldn’t be me. Of course, it’s a continual pursuit of that perfect body.
I had a lot of messages when my first Fair City episode aired, recently. I was overwhelmed by the genuine delight for me.
I don’t like when I see dismissiveness.
I continually have a ‘floordrobe’ going on — it’s on my to-do list to sort out today.
I do. When I was in LA, I found going to mass once a week was an hour of simplicity away from the competition and the ambition. Since coming back, I’ve found a similar church in Dublin.
I love a little bit of sun coming out. Also, I had one scene at the end of my first three weeks on the set and the director came out and said he didn’t expect it to be as funny as it was — I was elated.