An Acting Career at 78“I thought, why not….”

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Irish emigrant Marie Gallagher has become the star of Volkswagen’s new ad campaign in the United States.

And, as she told Marian Finucane on Saturday, she had no intention of launching an acting career aged 78. A friend encouraged her to audition for the role as a widow fulfilling the wish of her husband by traveling across the country when he saw it in the local Irish centre. “I thought, why not,” she said.

When the casting agents turned up at her home an hour early to interview her for the role, she still had curlers in her hair and bread in the oven.

“I had to face it, I had open the door….They saw me the way I was”

View Marie in the full ad here.

For more from The Marian Finucane Show, click here.

 

 

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