20 questions with... Rory Nolan


1. What is your first memory?

Holding my little sister as a brand new baby when I was 3 years old. We're very close now so it must have been a successful meeting. That or birthday party invitations with the three little pigs on them. I have no idea why.

2. The last thing you think about before falling asleep is...

Usually something to do with how lucky I am. I love where I live in Wicklow, it's a very snug little place, our own little nook, and I'm eternally grateful for it. 

3. Who is the most interesting person you've ever met?

My partner’s grandmother. She was an incredible force of nature. She passed away 2 years ago at the age of 98. She had stories from the 30's about Lennox Robinson and Maureen O'Hara and the Abbey theatre from that time. I'm still kicking myself I never recorded her. Her stories were wonderful. 

4. Have you ever been in love?

Completely and utterly and I still am. 

5. Who would be your ideal dinner guest?

Samuel Beckett. I've always said this, even though I'm working on Godot at the moment. He's not just a genius, I love his sense of humour, and from all the stories I've heard from people who knew him, he was great company. In the right company. Even just to have a glass of something with him. 

6. Happiness is...

Walks with Tara and the kids in the Wicklow mountains, home cooked dinner with friends and family, golf with my brothers. 

7. Who do you love?

Lots of people. Tara and the boys the most. Family plays a big part in our lives. We both come from big families and are fortunate to be surrounded by interesting, intelligent, Wonderful people. 

8. What could you not live without?

I hate saying it, but my iphone. It has EVERYTHING on it. I'm not very tech savvy, so nearly all my personal and business stuff is done on it!

9. Tell us a secret.

It wouldn’t be a secret then. Im sure I appear the complete opposite but I'm very discreet, so mooch off of you think you're getting any secrets here! 

10. Why are we here?

To enjoy ourselves and make life good for everyone else. Enjoy the little moments every day, invite the good and the bad in, because everything plays its part. And don't sweat the small stuff. Because it's all small stuff. 

11. What's your greatest vice?

Chocolate. I really need to stop sneaking it in. 

12. You are inspired by...

The People I work with in the theatre. They are the most dedicated, talented, generous people who are constantly pushing the envelope, constantly trying to show us who we are. The arts are vital to our health as a nation, and the people who work at the coal face are some of the most selfless I know. Ironic, when you think of the stereotyped artist. 

13. The song you're most likely to sing at karaoke is...

I'd give anything a lash. If I had to pick, maybe something by Queen or Bowie or the Beatles. It's been a while. 

14. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

That silly Wipeout TV show where contestants murder themselves on assault courses. It has me in convulsions. 

15. What is your happiest memory?

Tara telling me she was pregnant with our first. It was very personal and very beautiful and it was just for us. And it changed everything in my life. 

16. Where is your favourite place in the whole world?

My house in Wicklow. Inis Meáin in the Aran Islands which recharges the soul and La Napoule in Southern France which recharges the mind and body. 

17. The movie/s you could watch again and again is/are...

The Big Lebowski. I get something out of it every time. It's hilarious and brilliantly written and performed and it's just my favourite movie.                                

18. What makes you angry?

Unfairness and inequality. The housing situation and the homeless crisis in Ireland. The soaring rents and the lack of care from those in power. I'm one of the lucky ones, but people my age with families are being stretched to the limit. It's a national disgrace. 

19. What would you like to be remembered for?

I'm planning on being around for a while yet so I'm not sure if I'm the person to answer that.

20. What are you working on right now?

Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett with Druid. It's been one of the highlights of my time as an actor so far. So delighted to  e back doing one of my favourite plays with my favourite people. 

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