The Herald Magazine - - INTERVIEW -

Above: Rooney, next to Elaine C Smith, in Two Doors Down, My Big Fat Diary, right, and Brief En­coun­ters, far right

char­ity which pro­vides real hair wigs for sick children]. No one told me I shouldn’t.”

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

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