At the moment I’m waiting for my first feature film ‘Family’ directed by Jason Figgis to be released. I’m very excited about this because not only is it my first feature but the entire film was ad-libbed. Also the cast were incredible, I got to work with the very talented Emma Dunlop who I had the pleasure of studying with and Linn Rafferty who’s from the well-known Irish T.V. series Love/Hate
Needless to say I have a list of established Film makers, Performers etc. but for now I’d love to keep working with more local names and smaller casts. Sometimes when the budget is very big and there’s a huge crew you can get lost in the crowd, I’d prefer to have a more personal experience to help me learn and grow as an actor.
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
I suppose it helps in some respects when approaching directors/producers from outside Ireland as we’re well known for being a culture of storytellers. Also I think it can be very marketable to be Irish as there is a lot of great talent already out there and we’re very friendly, hardworking and this comes across well to people from other countries.
It’s unfortunate though, that there aren’t an abundance of acting colleges/courses in Ireland as there are in other countries. Though I find that actors here have a very raw ability that could be stunted by being over taught.
Q. You’re originally from Ireland, a country which is very well known for great actors and actresses throughout the world. Is this something you try to use to your advantage?
Q. Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
"I'm one of those people who refuses to have favorites"
Honestly I find inspiration everywhere and within many people. I’m inspired by actors who aren’t afraid to be brave and let everything go, sacrificing a part of themselves to gain another. It’s a big leap but those who truly trust themselves and those around them are very inspirational. We all need to trust in each other more. As far as specific contributors, I feel like there are a lot of big names out there that I could name drop but I also feel that I like to place equal importance on people I see in real life or online who might not be famous but still work just as hard at their craft. I try to surround myself with positive people who love what they do so in that sense I think there are just too many to name
Q. What is the ultimate achievement for actress and model Edel Quinn?
Q. Tell us a fun fact about yourself
Careerwise I’d love to be part of a film or T.V. show which pushes me as an actor. Something where I can portray a character that people can identify with and give a performance I can be proud of. Ultimately in my personal life I’d strive for wellbeing and peace of mind. You can have everything you want in life but if you aren’t happy within yourself you’ll let everything go to waste. I’m very thankful to have just celebrated my 5th anniversary with my wonderful partner. Anything more than that is a bonus for me.
Interview by Keran Look Loy
Q. From your resume it seems you’ve acted in wide array of film types. What is your favorite film genre? Why?
That’s a tough question for me. I’m one of those people who refuses to have favourites, maybe it’s because I can’t make up my mind but I can find something special, amusing , beautiful , intriguing in any genre. I have to say I actually tend to love watching documentaries. I’d watch a documentary on most anything. If I had to choose though, I think maybe comedy would be my favourite genre
Photo: Kaitlin Christy
Q. I’ve heard on many occasions that the Theater is more “real”: The close proximity of the audience, the unforgiving memory of mistakes… the lights on stage. Which do you prefer, film or the theater?
I’d say I tend to lean more towards Film and TV. In that aspect I guess you could say theatre is more ‘real’ but I feel the actual performances in screen acting are more honest. As someone who has trained in theatre then gone into acting for camera there is a huge difference in how you act. The camera picks up every little movement and expression you make where as in theatre you have to almost over exaggerate those things so the audience can have a clearer idea what you’re trying to portray.
I’m much more private about my acting career and what I decide to share with people through social media because I feel this is very close to my heart so I’m quite precious and protective of it. As for modelling I like to do that alongside acting as another way of expressing myself and to work with new people. I’m actually finishing up my degree in Art and Design in Textiles so I’ve always had an interest in other artists works, fashion designers etc. especially looking at designers photoshoots for their collections and seeing how they showcase their work and the way the models move/look has always been aesthetically pleasing. I think to be a great model you need to be a good actor too.
Q. You’ve also done quite a bit of modeling work with various Irish photographers. Is this something you see as a back-up career, or do you equally emphasize it as much as your acting career?
Q. Some inspirational words for the readers
If you love what you do, stick at it. Even if you come to a stage where you have to take a step back from it for a while and re-evaluate a few things, give a 110% when you get back on the horse.
Q. Which contributors to Film and Television act as major sources of inspiration to you?
I used to Box. I took up Kick boxing and boxing with a local club in Galway a few years ago and I signed up with them to do a white collar boxing match in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. A group of around 30 fighters trained up and had a big fight night which was absolutely amazing. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had and we raised over €30,000. I won all three of my rounds so I was pretty happy with the overall night.
"If you love what you do, stick at it"