Jamie-Lee O’Donnell worked as a saleswoman after filming the first series of Derry Girls because she wasn’t sure the show would be a success.
The Derry actress (30) went to Eason’s and Swarovski after playing Michelle on the Channel 4 show.
She said: “After I finished season one I worked at Eason’s and Swarovski because it took so long to get out. Both shops were across from each other so it was convenient.
“I did something for BBC2 but my agent said, ‘It’s going to take a while for things to come in’.
“All of those expectations had to be adjusted, and the reality is you have bills to pay, so I was like, ‘Fuck that. I’m going to go and get these two Christmas jobs.
“There were many times I didn’t want to sit around, but I was like, ‘What is this? I might as well work before I’m known.
“We didn’t know Derry Girls would take off. It’s surreal. Of course we hoped for that. We loved filming it.”
Although Jamie now had her choice of role, she initially struggled to break into the industry.
“I’ve always been interested in acting since I was very young. I was a very dramatic kid,” she said.
“I remember having a selection of hats years ago. I don’t know where I got them from, but they were intense and they were all different characters.
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“I have always been a very determined person. The other day I found a diary in my parents’ house. It was a Forever Friends movie and I wrote in it when I was six years old, ‘When I grow up I’m going to be a famous actress.’ I always wanted to do it.
“It was difficult growing up here in terms of access to art. There’s a lot of talent in Derry and ambition. I didn’t go to drama school or anything because it was too expensive for my family at the time. It wasn’t the most accessible career so I had to dodge it. I learned from my mistakes.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/jamie-lee-odonnell-took-christmas-jobs-to-pay-bills-after-derry-girls-41494497.html Jamie-Lee O’Donnell took Christmas jobs to pay bills after Derry Girls