IRISH actor Julie Hale thought it was just an average day on the set of film My Left Foot when she fed Daniel Day-lewis his lunch.
“I was 17 and right at the start of my career,” Hale said.
“I had lunch with Daniel one day and he stayed physically, completely in character.
“I didn’t think anything of it. It was just a normal day and that’s what you do. We didn’t know what we were involved in until two years later when the Oscar nomi- nations came out.”
Dublin-born and raised Hale went on to work in other films, theatre and an Irish soap opera before she married a Glaswegian and relocated to Glasgow; she is still shocked she “moved somewhere with worse weather than Ireland”.
After three children (now 11, nine and seven), Hale decided it was time to get back to work last year, when her agent phoned with an audition for London’s National Theatre international tour of production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Based on Mark Haddon’ bestselling book, it follows the story of 15-year-old outsider Christopher John Francis Boone, trying to solve the mystery of who killed Mrs Shears’ dog Wellington.
“I got really excited, took the WHEN: TICKETS: four-and-a-half hour train from Glasgow to London and felt sick,” she said. “I was so nervous because the National Theatre, for me anyway, would be one of the top theatres you would ever want to work with.”
After securing the role of Siobhan, she not only had to break the news to her husband and children, but also her book club.
“Although we call it a book club, you don’t necessarily have to read the book, but you do need to like wine,” she said.
“We had already organised a trip to see the production in Glasgow in August last year, so I had my ticket. When I got the part, the director said he preferred I didn’t see it until I’d rehearsed myself into the role.”
Since joining the cast she has travelled everywhere from Amsterdam to Shanghai and Melbourne for a sell-out debut Australian season at the start of this year. The production has returned to Australia for a national tour, including His Majesty’s Theatre from August 8 to 19.
“It’s not like going to a play but more a theatrical experience, with a story and a heart and suspense,” Hale said.
Julie Hale and Joshua Jenkins.