I went to LA for a long weekend and six months later I was living there.
It was an instant decision to move there in 2009 because I had a yearning to return to acting. Being known as a TV presenter, I felt that filmmakers and casting directors wouldn’t consider me for roles back home until I had built up a body of work elsewhere first.
Growing up, I always thought of acting as something fun to do rather than being a legitimate career option. It wasn’t until I got the role of Surfia in the musical comedy I Keano that I realised I wanted acting to be more than just a side interest. It’s what I want to do every day.
I found the creative energy in LA intoxicating. Writers, producers, actors — so many people producing their own stuff without waiting for anyone to commission them.
Moving was a difficult decision as I am extremely attached to my family and my friends. I only knew one person there. I had been in college with him — I did a communications degree at DCU — but I hadn’t seen him in a decade. So I didn’t know a soul moving out. LA was a very lonely place for quite a long time.
I don’t think Irish people are great at communicating our feelings. A lot of people choose to suffer in silence rather than talk to friends or loved ones about things that are bothering them. If we were better at dropping our masks and being honest about how we feel we would be happier and healthier all round.
Growing up, I was a mixture of outgoing and shy. I was the girl who always put up her hand to read out her essays in class, but in certain social situations I was extremely shy.
I got into TV by chance. My sister spotted an advertisement looking for an unknown face to host a new TV show for RTÉ. Two weeks later I was presenting a show in front of a live studio audience. I was physically sick with the nerves! The show was The Fame Game and that was my big break.
I believe in an after life. I don’t have a very black-and-white view of what that is, but I believe in reincarnation and that there is a higher power that is looking after us all. My idea of misery is being envious of people around you.
Recently I got to work with Sharon Stone and she was an absolute delight. When she heard my Irish accent she was straight over like a shot! Casino is one of my favourite films. It was incredible to get the inside track on a film I love and have watched dozens of times.
I go through phases of being really good at going to the gym and then slacking off. But I am always conscious of eating health-giving foods, getting my two litres of water a day and starting each day with two tablespoons of Udo’s oil in a fresh juice.
I’ve been taking it for over a decade now on the recommendation of my mother. But it wasn’t until I heard every top-rated make up artist I met talking about it that I really took notice. The difference it’s made to my skin, hair and nails is unreal.
I can be extremely disorganised and leave things to the last minute. That is especially inconsiderate when it means other people end up getting caught in the frenzy trying to help me fix things.
I have always worked as a freelancer so I have never had the security of knowing where my next job is coming from. One thing that definitely helps keep stress levels in check is yoga and exercise.
I absolutely love fashion and dressing up. I always have. I’ve been working with Littlewoods Ireland as their style ambassador for the past three years. That is a dream job for me because I get to try on all the new collections before they go online.
My idea of happiness is being content with what you have.
Caroline is an ambassador for Udo’s Oil in Ireland. To learn more about the beauty and health benefits of ‘good’ fats such as Udo’s Oil log on to www.udoschoice.ie or visit your local pharmacy or healthfood store to pick up a copy of GLOW, recently launched by Caroline.
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