Jamie-Lee O'Donnell admits she never thought Derry Girls would take off
Following her role as the fiery Michelle in the Channel 4 series, Jamie-Lee took part-time jobs in Easons and Swarovski to help pay the bills.
“All these expectations had to be adjusted, and the reality of it is you’ve got bills to pay, so I thought, ‘F*** it. I’m going to go and get these two Christmas jobs," she told The Belfast Telegraph.
“There was a lot of times where I didn’t want to sit about, but I thought, ‘What’s the point? I might as well work before I’m known’.
“We didn’t know Derry Girls was going to take off. It’s surreal. Obviously, we hoped for this. We loved filming it.”
Jamie-Lee also explained how she struggled to break into the industry, despite having a passion for acting from a very young age.
"I’ve always been into acting since I was very young. I was a very dramatic child,” she said.
“I remember years ago I had an assortment of hats. I don’t know where I got them, but they were intense and they were all different characters.
“I have always been a very determined person. Recently, I found a diary in my parent’s house. It was a Forever Friends one, and I wrote in it when I was six, ‘When I grow up, I’m going to be a famous actress’. I always wanted to do it.
“It was hard growing up here in terms of access to the arts. There’s a lot of talent in Derry and ambition. I didn’t go to drama school or anything because that was too expensive for my family at the time. It wasn’t the most accessible career, so I had to side-step. I learnt from my mistakes.”
The highly-anticipated third and final season of Derry Girls hits our screens later this year, although no release date has yet been announced.