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Amy-Joyce Hastings - Exclusive Interview
By: Niamh, 28 July 2011
We chat to Irish actress and soon to be mega-star, the gorgeous and amazing Amy-Joyce Hastings about bagging the lead role in The Callback Queen, what it was like to meet Nelson Mandela and her secret crush on Gerry Butler!
Amy, you recently bagged the lead role in the upcoming film The Callback Queen! Tell us all about it?
‘Yes, it's a really exciting project for me. It's a fantastic Romantic Comedy set in the film industry in London. It centres on a struggling actress Kate Loughlin who gets a shot at a lead in a big epic fantasy film directed by this Hollywood director Vincent Catalano, played by Mark Killeen (Batman; The Dark Knight Rises). Her sleazy agent is pressuring her to use sex to get the part but she's determined to get cast for the right reasons. Unfortunately Vincent just happens to be a hell of a heart throb so she ends up walking a bit of a tightrope. The script is really fast paced and funny so when you have material like that it's a blessing. There's a hot young cast and we all had a lot of fun together on set. Vicki Michelle ('Allo, 'Allo) and IFTA winner Ger Ryan also star.’
How did you get into acting?
‘As long as I can remember it was all I wanted to do, but I got my first part in Fools of Fortune when casting director Debbie McWilliams, who casts the Bond movies, was looking for a little girl to play Julie Christie's daughter in the film. She sat in on the Saturday drama classes in the Gaiety and selected some kids to see, and four rounds of auditions later I had the part. After that there was no going back for me.’
Is being an actress really as glamorous as is seems?
‘Not really. There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of unglamorous aspects to the job, you find yourself doing the most awkward, random things, usually in public. Oftentimes you're either freezing cold in a strappy dress in November, or sweating under baking hot lights. You have to be prepared to make an absolute fool of yourself when you're working. Especially with comedy, the more of an idiot you look shooting it, the funnier it's likely to be for the audience. But to be fair you do get the odd glam night out and I love chatting with the girls while getting my hair and makeup done in the mornings so it has its moments!’
What would your dream role be?
‘Apart from Kate Loughlin you mean? ;) Anything in an epic 'Sword & Sandals' fantasy piece, or I'd love to play a vampire too. I like independent female characters that aren't just 'the token girlfriend' so I'm happy with any character that's well written with a life of her own. But if we're talking dream roles I love period pieces, fantasy and sci-fi with a healthy dash of humour. Eowyn... Buffy... Sookie Stackhouse kind of roles.’
Have you ever been star-stuck?
‘I've been around some pretty impressive actors from a young age so I generally don't get massively star struck. Don't get me wrong, I have a really high opinion of talent, just not of celebrity. But I definitely was star struck when I shook Nelson Mandella's hand at Trinity College. He is a hero of mine, so that was really special.’
Who inspired you to become an actress?
‘The earliest memory I have of any performance was Jennifer Connelly's in Labyrinth. So she made the first deep impression. I remember thinking 'I want to play Sarah'. I knew that film off by heart. Still do in fact!’ [One of Beautycouture.ie HQ’s favs as well!]
Who would be your dream co-star (alive or dead) be?
‘The late great Paul Newman. Or if I'm to have a shot at this coming true then........I would love to act opposite Ioan Gruffudd.’
‘Lord of the Rings. All three!’
What is your one staple makeup product you’d never leave the house without putting on?
‘Vaseline Rosy lips. My latest discovery is Makeup Forever's Lift Concealer, perfect for that 'no-makeup makeup' look.’
Favourite high street haunts?
‘Topshop, River Island and H&M for basics.’
Do you ever get nervous being in front of the camera?
‘Occasionally, if it's a challenging scene or I have to do anything out of the ordinary. In The Callback Queen I had to do a chicken dance in full chicken costume in the middle of a busy London highstreet and even though I was pretty anonymous inside the costume, my heart was pounding before that scene!!’
Heels or flats?
‘Flats by day and heels by night.’
Any secret celebrity crushes?
‘Gerry Butler is a brilliant Rom Com lead, and right up my alley!’
Any advice for budding actresses out there?
‘What Will Smith says to his son at the end of The Pursuit of Happyness. That always stuck with me. It's great advice for life, but especially for acting, You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period.’
What did you want to be when you grew up?
‘I always said an actress. But if I didn't do this I would've loved to have been a pilot. I still want to learn to fly...’