Normally people who don't have any lines in a movie script are regarded as extras, and it would not be too big of a feather in the cap of aspiring actors/actresses.
For Celbridge native Olwen Catherine Kelly it is slightly different however. She plays the role of Jane Doe in the new horror film The Autopsy of Jane Doe, and her role is one of the central themes in the movie. The critics have given it a positive review, and many of them have been swooning over the Kildare woman's role. Kelly admits that she was surprised at how integral she ended up being in the movie, despite not having any lines.
"I mean, if I'm completely honest I thought my name would just get a mention because there's so much going on around me. I thought I was a tiny part of it. But when I did see it I was pleas-antly surprised by how much I was in the film," she told the Daily Mail.
The Hollywood Reporter claimed that she deserved a special mention for her role. "The young Irish actress Olwen Kelly deserves special mention for her unorthodox performance as the corpse, studying yoga and meditation to help her lie still for hours," read part of their review.
The movie will be released on December 21, and it has already previewed at the Toronto Film Festival. Kelly gave an insight into what it was like to be a living corpse, outlining how she was trying her best not to twitch.
"Sometimes I would only be on the slabs for a few hours, and sometimes it was essentially all day with just breaks as I needed them. So some days I was lying still, essentially for eight hours," she said.
"I don't remember it being painful. I was definitely doing a lot more stretching classes at the time to loosen up and get the blood flowing when you're lying so still. Especially if you've been eating you might feel nauseous afterwards because the blood is not flowing in your body.
"I remember definitely not wanting to twitch or to break anyone else's concentration. There's a lot going on around me, a lot of people working very hard, particularly the other actors. I was very aware that I was supposed to be lying there completely still. But of course, I guess I would have had to fall asleep to forget where I was."
The talented 29-year-old also has a degree in Biology from Maynooth University, something that she decided she didn't want to pursue a career in upon completion.
"I loved my degree. You learn how to think for yourself when you study anything for four years. I remember speaking to my guidance counsellor about the drama course in Trinity, and because of a fear of the unknown I didn't put myself forward for it. They only take something like twelve students. I wish I had been a bit braver to maybe take a year out and decide exactly what I wanted to do after school," she said.
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