I'm always interested in trying to investigate different personalities. I want to keep myself guessing and keep the fear element alive, so that I don't get too comfortable.
My goal was for acting to become my main income. I would say to myself, 'I'm good enough.' That became my mantra.
If there's friends around, I'll cook. Or if I have a girlfriend. But on my own I kind of fell out of the habit of it, and it's a shame really because I know it's good for me. It's something quite therapeutic.
You use words like 'introvert' and 'extrovert,' various traits of a personality. A lot of that stuff, we used in drama school, and that was kind of interesting, to realize my teachers sort of ripped off a lot of Jung. And how much of it is part of our society now, these phrases, introvert and extrovert, where it actually came from.
I just went off for two months traveling around Europe on a motorcycle and pretty much turned my phone off. I did 5,000 miles with my dad. We went through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Italy... and then I did Spain and France by myself.
Why not provoke some thought and get people talking about things? I like characters that are flawed because we all are. When people break up in a script, you think, Oh, right, there must be tears shed here. But maybe the fact of the matter is that they're both laughing.
Nobody wants to hear Metallica at lunchtime.
What I find really interesting is to try and mix it up, to push myself and try different things. I don't want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared.
People are complicated. Our behavior towards one another is strange. So I like opportunities to investigate that.
I don't know what's going to happen. I'm flavor of the month at the moment, but somebody else is going to roll around the corner in three months' time. I just want to keep working. I can't stop!
I don't think peroxide-blond hair is a beneficial look for me.
Even if I'm playing a superhero, it has to be steeped in reality.
I guess in the independent market, I'd be getting offers, but in terms of big studio films, I still have to audition. I don't think my name is that well-known, I don't have much of a following to guarantee box office success yet.
I keep everything very simple. I like telling stories.
There's so much going on in the world. There's so much information being thrown at us - so many things are being sold to us, and we're being told how we should appear and how to be more successful, blah, blah, blah. How does that manifest itself? In the pressures, the stress, this need to escape.
Any good kitchen should be stocked up in oysters, shouldn't they?
Everything I put my name to and take part in, I want to be good. That's not saying it will always happen. But I want to make bold choices.
I take my work seriously but I can't take myself too seriously. I'm in such a crazy privileged position.
It's more interesting isn't it, if I've got a hedonistic dark side?
The arts are very alive in Ireland, so that had its influence on me. But I consider myself European, really.