This much I know: Ian Lloyd Anderson, actor

I’m pretty chilled out. The thing about being an actor is, at the end of the day, it’s just a job.

I don’t think I’ve had my big break yet. Being in ‘Love/Hate’ was a wonderful experience, I have never received so much attention for such a relatively small role.

My family were all shocked when I said I was going to be an actor. It doesn’t run in the family. 

Dad worked in Guinness’s for 30 years and my mother was a secretary in Baldoyle, in the Burrow School, where I went to school. Actually, my wife Kim is a teacher there now.

When I was growing up, I never realised that acting was something you could do as an career but once I finished school there was no question in my mind that this was what I wanted to do. 

I went straight into the Gaiety School of Acting at 18 and luckily my parents never tried to throw me off the idea.

I was a good kid, very well behaved, but became a bit of a messer by the time I got to secondary school. I was outgoing and always very confident and chatty.

Initially, I wanted to be on stage because I was a bit of a show off. But, the more I trained, the more respect I garnered for acting.

The reason I act now is so hard to put into words. I do it because I love it but also because it terrifies me. In the same way that a roller coaster terrifies you, but once you get off, you immediately want to get on again.

My idea of misery is any job where I couldn’t be physically creative. I’d dislike a nine-to-five. I’ve served my time working in jobs like newsagents and pubs to get by.

When I’m working I am very disciplined about what I eat and about going to the gym. 

Then, I might ease off the training for a month or two but I still have to watch my weight. I used to be a lot heavier.

When I’m not working, I like to play golf. All I can say is that I’m getting better.

My biggest fault is not backing myself enough In terms of my work.

If I could be reborn as someone else for a day I’d be Daniel Day Lewis.

I find it very hard to wind down when I come off stage. My body temperature stays up for hours afterwards, I find it hard to cool down.

I don’t struggle with nerves, they don’t really get to me. I embrace being out there in front of an audience, there is nothing nicer than that. 

Comics say they love to get a huge belly laugh from the crowd, but, my favourite thing on stage is the silence you sometimes get from an audience. It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does, you know it’s a good piece of writing.

I’m an early riser. Kim is up early and leaving the house by 7.30am. I’ll take the dog for a walk and shoot off for 18 holes if I can.

My biggest fear is no longer being surrounded by family and friends.

The trait I most admire in others is decency.

My advice to anyone who is thinking of embarking on a career in acting is to be prepared to take rejection but don’t take reviews too seriously. They don’t matter.

The biggest lesson I’ve learnt so far has been how to deal with rejection. You just have to suck it up and get on with it in a job like this.

It can be terrible, but you have to become hardened to it. You have to allow yourself to feel the hurt, to know what it feels like to hurt - then, when the good gigs come your way, you can enjoy them. 

Whatever happens, you have to remember that you cannot measure yourself against someone else’s career.

I’ve been at it for seven years now. I’m certainly not broke but being a superstar or making loads of money has nothing to do with it. I believe you are winning if you are able to get by at this job.

Ian Lloyd-Anderson (Love/Hate) is appearing in The Night Alive written and directed by Conor McPherson, at The Dublin Theatre Festival with a stellar cast comprised of Adrian Dunbar (BBC’s Line of Duty, My Left Foot, The Crying Game), Laurence Kinlan (Love/Hate) and Kate Stanley Brennan (Dollhouse) at the Gaiety Theatre, September 22 - October 4. Tickets: €15 – €45.

Booking: www.dublintheatrefestival.com / 01 6778899


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