Dublin author Cecelia Ahern has described the experience of working with Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman as “surreal”.
The 37-year-old novelist has teamed up with the actress and her company Blossom Films to make her upcoming collection of short stories Roar into a television series.
And she said every day is a “pinch-me moment” when working alongside some of the biggest names in the business.
Speaking at the An Post Irish Book Awards, Cecelia told the Irish Daily Mirror: “It is surreal, definitely, yeah. It is surreal.
“But I think it is the right people, the right time to tell the stories but it is completely surreal. At the end of the day we all want the same thing which is to tell stories and I love that they are so excited by them and they get them, because the stories are so surreal.
“So that was really important to me that they wanted to keep that element of it.”
Keeping tight-lipped on where the series will be set, she said: “It’s a such early stages now I wouldn’t say because we are just writing it, but that’s all to come further down the line.
“We are writing the scripts at the moment and we are really really enjoying it and we are with Bruna Papandrea… she’s a huge producer so I am really looking forward to working with them.”
However, she revealed: “It’s a TV series, so it will be a different character, a different story per episode.” Having enjoyed major success last year with an award-winning TV series, Cecelia said of her colleagues: “They are a dream team and they’ve worked together before on Big Little Lies so they are the perfect people to be on this.
“Particularly with Made Up Stories, and Bruna Papandrea, she wants to tell women’s stories about women by women, she’s really pushing that so it is great to be working with people like that with that philosophy.”
But this isn’t the mother-of-two’s first time breaking into Hollywood, with PS I Love You and Love, Rosie both starring huge names.
While the Dubliner admitted she never created characters for any certain actors to play, she said actor Gerard Butler came very close to how she would have pictured Gerry in her debut novel. She explained: “Not visually no, because I always create somebody who doesn’t exist, you know this is the person in my head.
“But one person I would say is Gerard Butler, looked really like the character I had in my head so yeah he ticks all the boxes there.
“But it is not important to me whether they look like the character or not.”
Keeping her card close to her chest on who could star in the new TV series, she teased: “I’m not gonna give you the names because I’d be afraid.
“But i’ve just seen some incredible names, and I was able to list all the names I’d like to work with and there’s amazing people so hopefully they will
“They are the pinch-me moments.”
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Source: Celebrity News Ireland