The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - REAL LIFE -

1 At school I was so hope­less at maths, I had to have a tu­tor, an amaz­ing old English lady called Miss Duck­ett. She was so clever, she ac­tu­ally man­aged to ex­plain al­ge­bra to me – and I sailed through my exam. 2 I once carved a rude word on a desk in the school li­brary, then de­nied it was me when the teach­ers asked. When they found out I did it, they also blamed me for one an­other girl had drawn. I was fu­ri­ous, but it taught me a les­son about own­ing up. 3 When I was 19, I lived in Austin, Texas, for three months while mak­ing a movie called Flesh And Bone, and I fell in love with the place. I re­ally got into the way of life down there – wear­ing cow­boy boots and eat­ing fried steak. I usu­ally don’t eat steak at all, let alone fried! 4 I love get­ting let­ters through the mail. I’m sad that let­ter writ­ing is be­com­ing a lost art, so I try to keep it alive any way I can. I never throw let­ters away – I have two huge fil­ing cab­i­nets at home filled with ev­ery let­ter I’ve ever re­ceived. They’re re­ally spe­cial to me. 5 My favourite meal is a Sun­day roast. I like to go out and buy all the pa­pers and take them back to bed to read, then go to a friend’s house and sit and eat lunch and talk for hours, and then go for a walk to work off all that food!

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