Young Offenders star Alex Murphy says he is now recognized in the streets of New York thanks to the Netflix success of the coming-of-age series.
The 22-year-old actor has just graduated from college and is already a triple threat - with a hit TV series, movie and now a critically acclaimed play on his CV with a new starring role in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Alex, who plays Conor in the Young Offenders, has a very particular take on why he believes the show has travelled so well around the world.
“You might think it’s something that only Corkonians like, but I suppose every country has stupid young lads," he said.
"It’s a very local show, I think no matter where you are you like seeing something particularly local and very specific. It’s a very specific type of Ireland, part of Cork.”
Since the series has been aired on Netflix, there has been a whole army of new fans.
He said: “I was in New York a few months ago and a number of people stopped me. Since the film has gone on Netflix it has been a great help to get it out there, it is amazing. When I’m over in London it still surprises me when people stop me."
He said there is a huge fondness for the characters despite their exploits:
“Even though they do bad things sometimes I think it’s hard to hate them."
The rising star plays one of the pivotal roles in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which has just opened a run in the Gaiety.
The young actor said he was chuffed when playwright Martin Mc Donagh – who is behind iconic films such as in Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – arrived into rehearsal.
“It is amazing, Martin came into the rehearsals just to watch and give a few tips and he was a great help. It was great to have him in, someone who has made such great films and written such great plays. It was an interesting dynamic, him being in the room.
“I just graduated college last year and we did a number of plays but nothing to this size - 1,300 people I think the Gaiety holds.”
Alex Murphy plans on taking a small break from acting in June to scale Mount Toubkal, the tallest mountain in North Africa with other Corkonians.
“There is a group of about 20 of us from Cork doing it to raise a bit of money for LauraLynn. It’s 4,400 metres, it will take five day to do -three days to get up the mountain and two days to get down. There’s not much prep you can do height-wise. You can barely get above 1000 metres in Ireland. You’d have to do Carrauntoohil every day for a few days.”