By David Hennessy
Sonya Macari, the Irish actress making her name in Hollywood, is back home to wed her rock star partner, Colin Devlin of The Devlins at an intimate ceremony in Dublin on October 19. Based in LA for several years, Sonya has appeared in Oscar winning The Artist as well as in TV programmes such as Glee, House and Chuck and can soon be seen playing Mary Magdalene in Caravaggio and My Mother The Pope. While back in Europe, Sonya told The Irish World she plans to visit the UK: “I’m hoping to make a trip to London to have some meetings with agents. I think that would be a great step for me. I’m familiar with Hubbard Casting: They’re pretty big, they’re quite a prominent casting company in London and they do pack a lot of big projects all over the world but British representation would be something I would like to look into.”
Born in Ireland of Italian descent, Sonya grew up in Cork. She spends a lot out of time in LA hanging out with Victoria Smurfit who is related to her fiancé through marriage but has been back in Ireland to shoot a pilot called Magpie and revealed: “It would be lovely to move back to Ireland and do some work there especially as my family are based in Ireland.”
Sonya’s big break came when she played Manuela in The Tudors. This helped launch her in Hollywood as she explained: “When I moved to LA there was a huge poster on Sunset Boulevard of a banquet scene that I had shot so to come to LA and see that felt good. Moving to LA is a big challenge. It’s not to be taken lightly. It’s certainly a tough city and you need a huge work ethic, to be really committed and you need to be dedicated. The Tudors helped me an awful lot, it was a huge learning curve in terms of helping me with the confidence to come here. I knew immediately what I wanted to do for the rest of my career and in terms of papers and work visas and stuff like that, it helped an awful lot.”
What can she tell us about her mysterious co-star from The Tudors, Jonathan Rhys Meyers? “He’s lovely and very professional. It was a great experience and he did a remarkable job and the show was, of course, a huge hit. He leads his life very low key, he’s a very private person but he’s actually very likeable, very approachable. He’s a sweet guy, I actually haven’t seen him in a long time. I have a lot of time for him.”
If The Tudors was her springboard to Hollywood, does Sonya see some of her more recent roles as a further step in establishing her firmly in Tinseltown? “That’s what people read and I do feel a huge amount of accomplishment with what I have done but there has also been other projects that I have been very, very close to getting. That’s the thing with LA, you deal with far more disappointment than you do with achievement but when you have a relationship with the casting people, they’ll keep calling you back and at some point something will give.
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