Balfe at the Outlander premiere in New York
4 October 1979 |
When I was 18, I left Dublin and moved to Paris. I didn't speak French. I didn't know anyone. I felt like a fish out of water.
Modelling wasn't a passion of mine, so that made it get old kind of quickly. I was getting very frustrated.
The herbalist I met a few times – it was great – she gave me literature about the different processes that an herbalist would do to make medicines from certain herbs and things.
I was at a restaurant in Glasgow, and I was walking down the stairs. A woman passed me and said, 'Oh my God, what are you doing here?' I didn't know who she was, and I was like, 'Sorry?' She goes, 'Oh no, sorry, I follow you on Twitter. I just didn't expect to see you here.'
When we think about the past, we think, 'It must have been so boring.' It's actually not.
I enjoyed L.A. because it was nice to be in the sunshine and live in a house with proper wardrobes. I loved the space.
'Game of Thrones' has multiple story lines, multiple countries, and it's complete fantasy.
Many children with cancer in the developing world can be cured. But without appropriate treatment, few survive.
I didn't start traveling abroad until I was 17, but I spent many summers on the beaches of Donegal in Ireland.
I think the first role I ever played was Mr. Bumble in a production of 'Oliver.'
The Scottish Highlands are incredible. There seems to be magic and poetry everywhere.
I saw a documentary on the Naadam festival that happens in Mongolia during the summer. One of the features of it is a horse race across the plains that all the young men enter – some as young as 12 years old. It's such a spectacular sight. It's incredible to think that this is a tradition that has been going on for centuries.
The hardest part when I decided to move into acting was trusting I'd made the right decision.
I think every credit you get and every film you have your name attached to makes things a little bit easier. It definitely opens doors up, but it's still a grind.