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Above: Rooney, next to Elaine C Smith, in Two Doors Down, My Big Fat Diary, right, and Brief Encounters, far right
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This suggests Rooney could land the female dramatic lead, playing, for example, the ordinary housewife who is having an affair? “I don’t see why not. But I wouldn’t take it just for the sake of it. In fact, there have been plenty of parts I have turned down.”
Since My Big Fat Diary, Rooney hasn’t stopped working, mostly in sitcoms such as Mountain Goats and Two Doors Down. Interestingly, she reveals an almost teen angst when she says that, the night before going on set for Two Doors Down, she couldn’t sleep. It suggests a schoolgirl innocence about Rooney that’s as obvious as the tattoo on her wrist of a “wee fat pigeon”.
It’s a tribute to her late granny to whom she was devoted, seeing her every day. “We were set to go on holiday to Dubai one year and I said I would only go if I could call my gran. My dad agreed and I called her at this old people’s club but I didn’t know that every time I called her from the hotel room it cost £5. That holiday, I called her at least 150 times.
“My dad went mental.”
Incidentally, what does her father do for a living? “Can’t say,” she says with pursed lips. Why? Is he a gangster? “If you write that you’ll find out,” she says laughing. And Libby laughs too.
If Rooney has now learned to be philosophical when it comes to landing