A question of taste: Simone Collins

Simone Collins is an actress from Dublin. She is playing Dorothy in Cork Opera House’s summer production of The Wizard of Oz (July 19 to August 26.

A question of taste: Simone Collins

By Des O’Driscoll

Simone Collins is an actress from Dublin. She is playing Dorothy in Cork Opera House’s summer production of The Wizard of Oz (July 19 to August 26).

Best recent film: I absolutely loved I, Tonya.

Best recent show/gig you’ve seen: I went to see The Rolling Stones a few weeks ago and while I wouldn’t be a die-hard fan it was a brilliant gig.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old): After watching James Corden’s Karaoke Car Pool with Paul McCartney I’ve been on a bit of a Beatles buzz (which happens every few months). A personal favourite would be ‘Twist and Shout’. Or maybe that’s the majority’s favourite!

First ever piece of theatre or gig that really moved you: The first gig that really moved me was Leonard Cohen in Kilmainham, Dublin. I went with my mum over the summer of 2012. The weather was warm and beautiful and when he sang ‘Take this Waltz’ every couple in the audience got up from their seats and started to waltz. Being an utterly hopeless romantic, I just loved this.

The best theatre show you’ve ever seen (if you had to pick one!): I recently saw The Girl From The North Country in the West End and I absolutely loved it. The characters, the story, and the music brought the whole story together so perfectly.

Tell us about your TV viewing: I get stuck into different series on Netflix, at the moment I’m watching Mad Men and I’m almost finished, so I don’t know what I’ll do with myself when it’s over. However, if I’m watching something on TV I love any programme about food! Masterchef, Bake Off… anything for an excuse to take inspiration and make myself a treat!

Radio listening and/or podcasts: I am a big podcast advocate, I think they’re so great for clearing your mind or having a bit of ‘me time’. They also educate you on your morning and evening commutes! The Blindboy podcast is one I follow weekly. For actors, I would recommend Off Camera with Sam Jones, he has some brilliant actors who talk very honestly and openly about their careers.

Your three all-time favourite acting performances on stage or screen (by other people): I loved Andrew Garfield in Angels in America — I watched the NT Live cinema screening and thought it was stunning. Shirley Henderson in The Girl From The North Country (previously mentioned) in the West End was amazing. I was lucky enough to get a front row day ticket in January. Alicia Vikander in pretty much everything.

Your best/most famous celebrity encounter: Boringly enough, I haven’t ever really come across any celebrities… I have met Michael D Higgins, if he counts as a celebrity? Everyone loves him so I think I’ll count him as a celebrity!

You can portal back to any period of human cultural history or cultural event — where, when, and why?

I am obsessed with American ’50s music and love the fashion, so purely for a reason to dress up and to have a good bop I’d love to portal back there.

Do you have any interesting ancestors or family? I would love to do Who Do You Think You Are to find out more about my ancestors as I haven’t really dug that far back in history but my grandfather Patrick Collins, was a well-known Irish painter whose work you can see hanging in the National Gallery in Dublin.

Unsung heroes: Podcasters. While I know they have recognition online/social media, I think they are unsung heroes for filling a quiet hour and help you feel like you’re both learning and relaxing at the same time, sometimes even help me to fall asleep when my brain won’t switch off — so thank you podcasters!

You are queen for a day — what’s your first decree?

Dogs are allowed in almost every workplace (where appropriate). As Bryan Cranston says, “Dogs bring out the best in us. Dogs only want love, companionship, faithfulness, and play. And it’s like, ‘boy, if we can just simplify our lives to what they offer, I think the world might be a better place’.”

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