Like many of us, Eve Hewson spent lockdown living back at her family home. It might have felt like a surreal place to watch her new show, The Luminaries, take off, but as the daughter of rock star Bono and businesswoman and activist Ali Hewson, the actor has spent her whole life skipping between the extravagance of the entertainment world and the grounded routine of her home life. Though flying on tour as a family sounds enviably glamorous, Hewson speaks frankly about the perspective her parents instilled in her and the ways it informs her approach to her work now, making it clear she has no interest in anyone putting her on a pedestal for her job.
Moving on from the wondrous world of The Luminaries — a mystical mini-series based on Eleanor Catton’s 2013 novel of the same name — next she will star in Netflix’s Behind Her Eyes, a twisting psychological drama about a single mother [Simona Brown], who takes a part-time job in a psychiatrist’s office, becomes entangled in an affair with her boss [Tom Bateman] and forms an unlikely friendship with his wife [Hewson].
From her temporary home in London, Hewson speaks to her friend and fellow Irish actor Jamie Dornan, who she met a few years ago filming Robin Hood. Looking back on the tutor who first got her into acting, she reflects on her journey so far, following her work around the world, and the one piece of family advice she’s ignored.
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