A CORK man who landed a role in the Australian TV soap Home and Away has outlined his Hollywood dream to make a better life for his mother who raised him singlehandedly after a suicide in the family.
Kieren Noonan, from Carrignavar, landed the role as Home and Away River Boy, Spike, but is now taking a break from the Aussie soap to pursue his dream of making it in Los Angeles.
He filmed five episodes of the soap and could be called back for more, but the 31-year-old, an electrician by trade, said his main goal is to one day buy his mother a house in return for the kindness and dedication she has shown him over the years.
The actor lost his father to suicide when he was just four years old, leaving mum Helen to raise him alone. He told of her joy at seeing him cast in the Home and Away role.
“I was glad to be able to make her proud,” said Kieren, who was discovered by a casting agent in a Sydney cafe.
“My mum is the kindest and funniest person you could ever meet.
“She has been through a lot over the years and I think this good news helped her. We didn’t have much growing up and my dream is to buy her the house she’s always wanted.
“My plan is to really apply myself so I can ring mum and say ‘I’ve booked a really good job’.”
Kieren has also inspired his mum to pen her own screenplay.
“She used to write for magazines, and is currently writing a screenplay based on our experiences. If it does go ahead I’ll play the part of my dad.”
Although he is no longer with them, Kieren believes his dad has played a part in his success.
“I have one memory of him and that’s him kissing me on the forehead and walking off.
“There are times when I feel my dad is looking down on me. Just recently I tried out for a short film called Redemption.
“I ended up doing the two things you should never do at an audition — arriving late and memorising the wrong script.
“I rang my mum and told her I’d messed up and she gave me the usual mamma quotes”, he laughed.
“Her main advice was to learn from it. Despite what I felt, there was this voice in my head telling me ‘you got this audition’.
“The next day I got a call saying that I had the lead role.”
Kieren’s passion to act began at an early age.
“Mum took me to acting classes at the Half Moon Theatre when I was about 13 years old.
“I did about two or three classes. It felt really natural to me even then. The coach asked if I would stay for the showcase at the end, but we couldn’t afford any more of the classes.”
The performer said he would also welcome television or film roles in Ireland.
“That’s something I have thought about. It’s definitely an option I would be open to.
“Firstly, I’d like to gather more experience though. I’m really not in this for the fame.
“That would be nice, I guess, but I really would like to have an acting career as a profession as opposed to being an electrician all my life.”
The Cork man has been availing of new opportunities of late and most recently starred as Detective Malone in the Channel 7 production of Undercurrent.
He has shied away from offers of reality TV shows, including popular dating show, The Proposal.
“My main fear was that I’d be typecast.
“There was just too much risk involved. I’m going to work really hard to get the kind of roles I want and spend time working on my technique and accent.”