What is your favorite thing about being on Ros na Rún?
Where to begin! Connemara is one of the most magical places in the world. Like so many others, I used to go there as a child every summer. So, when I uproot there for six months each August, I feel like I’m on my holidays! The cast and crew are all close friends of mine and we enjoy a wonderful dynamic on and off set.
How do you think you and Pádraig are similar, and how are you different? How do you think you would get along with him in real life?
Apart from the fact that we kinda look alike? Bada boom!
Thank you so much for saying that – it is extremely rewarding to hear such feedback. We, as a team, worked so hard to give that storyline depth and nuances. When the stakes are high, it always runs the risk of veering into melodrama but I hope we managed to avoid that and kept it rooted in reality.
What do you think viewers would be surprised to know about making the show?
Is there a funny/weird/interesting memory or anecdote about the show you'd be willing to share?
If Pádraig went to karaoke, what song would he sing?
It would probably be something from Madonna’s back catalogue – who doesn’t love a bit of Madge! I wonder if Pádraig is a better singer than me. I haven’t a note in my head. Last Christmas, my aunt joined us for dinner. We had a few bottles of vino and started a sing-song in the evening. With the Sauvignon Blanc freeing her from social decorum, my aunt blurted out, “You’re an awful singer, Domhnall!” She wasn’t too much better herself, I’ll hasten to add.
I have always said that regardless of the medium, all art is storytelling and they can’t help but complement each other. Whether you’re a musician, a poet, an actor or a writer, we are all telling stories, just in different ways. When I wrote my first book last year, I found myself becoming really interested in creating a world of colourful, larger-than-life characters, something that definitely sprang from my instincts as an actor. After all, that’s what actors are interested in – people.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and what would you be doing?
And there you have it! A million thanks to Domhnall O’Donoghue for helping to inaugurate this new feature, for being a good sport, and for being a star in every sense of the word! Go raibh míle maith agat, a Dhomhnaill, and apologies if I totally bollixed up the Irish there.