Why Hollywood life isn't as glam for Dawn O'Porter as you think - BT
I should have said, 'oh, I've made all these really great documentaries and I've written books', but because my confidence was low I would just go, 'no, I don't do anything'," she recalls now.
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And the only significance of it now is I wouldn't let it happen again. I would never get complacent.
- We chat with TV presenter and designer Dawn O'Porter
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- Why Hollywood life isn't as glam for Dawn O'Porter as you think
With that, Dawn says, "everything changed". The novel was Paper Airplanes, the first of a four-part series Goose is the second, with two still to come based around the friendship of Renee and Flo, two year-olds in Guernsey, where Dawn herself grew up.
It's a beautifully written book. Renee is a roguish brunette, who lost her mother to cancer. Her grief is portrayed with heartbreaking accuracy. Dawn's own mother, Carol, died when she was just seven, also of cancer. I realised I'd never really gone into the depths of my emotions about losing my mum.
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It made me realise how sad it was. With regards to her father, he lives in Scotland. We're great, great friends. I've never lived with him, but we're very close. He's coming to Ireland for Christmas actually.
The couple married in I'm happy to use his credit card," she roars with laughter. But you know, there's just stuff like you feel like you're a real unit. I don't think people need to get married to feel that way, but definitely for me I just felt, 'uuuhhh, that's relaxing'.
Having your own children can bring up all sorts of grief from the past, but in Dawn's case it didn't result in an onslaught of unresolved feeling over her own mother.
It was 30 years ago. You just move on. I mean it's sad that my mum won't meet my kid, but then my aunty who brought me up is graunty. They're graunty and gruncle. But she admits to self-imposed censorship when it comes to speaking about her son in interviews. Because it becomes all about it. And here I am sitting in my shop with my business, and my books.
Dawn Porter on fiancé Chris O'Dowd and their precious pooch Potato's wedding role
I just feel like how much does a woman have to do before the main, important thing is her job. So I usually don't talk about Art, and if I do it's quite cagey.
But then I feel sad. This year I've had enormous support from Chris, and I've managed to do all the things that I've got to do, and I feel very, very lucky. My guilt isn't 'is Art ok? I launched my business at seven-months pregnant. Chris and I have kind of split the childcare and made it work. I'd been single for all my twenties and never had that feeling before. I couldn't have given two hoots about relationships before that.
My heart was never in it. He had just come out of a long term relationship, so he was more happy to date and not get serious. It took about six months to be official.
Some people talk about their relationships getting into a routine.
Chris and I have never had the chance to have a routine, so ours is exciting because of that. Missing each other, then seeing each other again. He has also been filming the semi-autobiographical Moone Boy for Sky 1, set in '80s Ireland and filmed in Dublin. Chris as the lovely sweet boyfriend in Bridesmaids is not what I am really interested in. I like it when he is a bit rough and sexy and drinking whisky because that's the guy I know. We are trying to keep it as informal and fun as possible.
I can't stand the formalities of weddings," adds Dawn, who has been out and about with Potato in London recently to champion the cause of small dogs and their owners in the UK for the Paws in Places campaign run by Cesar. As a nation of dog lovers, it appears that shops and cafes in Britain have the worst record when it comes to making pets and their owners feel welcome. So Dawn took Potato out shopping to see if doors were shut in her face. You can take your dog into cafes, shops and pubs.