Laura in a nutshell: Laura's a bit of a car crash - she's self destructive, very impulsive and anxious and very insecure and a bit lost in life. She's also in an 'unsuitable relationship'... with her boss.
We sat down with Kerry to see what she thinks of the new series, and her ideas for Laura.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE SCRIPT WHEN YOU FIRST READ IT?
The lady who plays my mother, Dervla Molloy, I worked with her years ago in a play too, and she said to me after the read-through, "Did they write this with you in mind?" I was like, "I know! It's totally like..." It's just me, you know? I'm not saying I'm drinking myself into oblivion at night, but there's a stream of consciousness in the way that I talk, and I'm very honest about things that annoy me, like Laura. That was when I thought, "Christ, this wouldn't be that much of a stretch for me really." I'm very honest and open.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT LAURA?
My character isn't in a relationship and has no responsibilities and only has to take care of herself. I suppose she's a bit lost, really. She's trying hard at her career but it's just a bit mediocre, and I'm not even sure if it's something that she's that great at anyway because she hasn't got a lot of self-esteem. Then she's picking the wrong kind of guys as well. Again, with the whole self-esteem thing, being happy with the s***iest treatment. But she doesn't find nice guys attractive. Because of her lack of responsibilities, she can go out drinking and behave however she wants and be self-destructive and subsequently really lonely. Her friends have children or are thinking of having children but there's no sense of that with Laura. That's miles away for her. She'd just like a boyfriend or a promotion.
DID SHE HAVE YOU IN MIND AS SHE WAS WRITING?
I don't know. I wasn't cocky enough to ask! I just was happy enough to take it. "Thanks a million!" When somebody does something so nice, I'm hardly going to go, "No, I'm just going to beg someone else for a job and try and convince them that I'm good." Of course, I'm going to go and work with the person who already thinks I'm great. Trying to convince someone else that you're good, kind of gets old after you've been doing it 20 years, you know?
HOW DID YOU GET THE PART?
Sharon sent it to me because I had done a play with a friend of hers 13 years ago. She came to see it, and then she watched other things that I'd done, and so years later she sent this to me and asked me would I like to play the part. I couldn't believe that she remembered really, to be honest with you. But it was nice to know that somebody was paying attention to something I'd done and put work into, that it was noted or whatever. I've done jobs where you still have to audition even if you've worked with them before, so it was massive for me to have somebody have such confidence in what I can do.