It’s dodgy.. if I got a role & had to drop 20lbs I’d be ter­ri­fied that I’d slip back

TV star on anorexia bat­tle

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY SIOBHAN O’CON­NOR

Lily in the Net­flix movie Lily and co-star Keanu Reeves Joanne told the Ir­ish Mir­ror: “That is dodgy, if I sud­denly had a role I had to drop 20 pounds for I’d be ter­ri­fied I’d slip back.

“You have all these tricks when you’re sick, I mean even now if I lose weight for a hol­i­day the girls will take me aside and say, ‘Are you OK?’

“You never fake it but peo­ple al­ways as­sume you’re go­ing to re­lapse.

“I’ve a friend who got donuts de­liv­ered to the of­fice and she was look­ing at me re­ally freaked out think­ing a box of donuts was go­ing to make me slip back into the ill­ness.

“It’s not a fine line like that, I mean but hav­ing to lose weight for a role could eas­ily set you back.”

Joanne re­alised she had anorexia and bu­limia when her ex­treme di­et­ing re­sulted in a trip to the psy­chi­atric ward. The Dublin co­me­dian, who will per­form Joanne Mcnally Bite at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe fes­ti­val next month, said writ­ing the show was cathar­tic.

She said: “I wanted to write a com­edy about eat­ing dis­or­ders be­cause when I was sick I couldn’t find any­thing on the ill­ness I could re­late to.

“It’s all sad and se­ri­ous but there were funny parts to it as well, there’s al­ways a bit of craic in los­ing your mind.

“You just have to look af­ter your mind, I did all the ther­apy, the treat­ments and the pro­grammes five years ago.

“In a way I wouldn’t change it be­cause I’ve no idea what kind of a per­son I’d be if I didn’t change it. Lily Collins in movie To the Bone The ill­ness got me into com­edy be­cause I was sick, I was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal and had to quit my job in Thinkhouse PR.”

Per­form­ing the show is bit­ter­sweet for the ac­tress who came to fame as the fe­male side­kick on Repub­lic of Telly.

Joanne added: “Some­times I do get a bit emo­tional in the show be­cause there’s a dip in it where I re­alise I had an eat­ing dis­or­der rather than I was just in a re­ally in­tense diet.

“My show is not like ther­apy be­cause I think that’s un­fair on the au­di­ence, just pay to go to a ther­a­pist if you need ther­apy.”

Kevin Mc­ga­h­ern & Joanne in Repub­lic of Telly

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